Trademark

  • Is the USPTO really contacting your company? Maybe not.

    … Trade Commission (FTC) and the USPTO want you to know there are companies that contact patent and trademark holders asking for fees for “services” like renewing your trademark registration, signing you up for trademark monitoring services, recording your trademarks with government agencies, or listing them on a private “registry.” The names…

    Prince Law Offices, P.C.- 12 readers -
  • RFC Express May be Gone, but Look to Docket Alarm for a Replacement

    … to its robust research platform, Docket Alarm also provides attorneys with an analytics platform for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, giving users context and insight into this new tribunal. The PTAB analytics platform allows users to get an overview of PTAB activity or view particular analytical profiles of parties, judges, law firms, or stages…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 41 readers -
  • Pinterest Loses Major Battle Against "Pinning" on the Internet

    … Yesterday, a federal court issued a major ruling against social media giant Pinterest in a trademark infringement lawsuit against much smaller startup Pintrips. Pinterest is America’s third largest social network behind Facebook and Twitter. The company is currently valued at $11 billion and has an estimated 80 million monthly users. Users…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 37 readers -
  • How to Develop an IP Portfolio for Small Businesses

    … how do you do it? Intellectual property is generally broken down into four major categories: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Patent law protects novel inventions, systems, and processes for a term of years. Copyright law protects original works of authorship such as books, music, software, mobile apps, and websites, among…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 13 readers -
  • The Legal Side of Developing a New Product

    …, your product might be patentable. And where there’s a patent, opportunities for licensing that patent aren’t far behind. Does your product indicate who you are, either through its packaging, branding, or design? Then you may want to obtain federal or state trademark protection to prevent others from using your name, slogan, design, or even…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 37 readers -
  • Saint Laurent Does Not Find Your Parody Funny

    … Creating a parody of a well-recognized brand is a popular way to captivate the public, à la the “Dumb Starbucks” phenomenon that took the internet by storm last year and had LA residents lining up around the block for a cup of “dumb coffee.” But is this type of witty commentary legal? Well, as any lawyer will tell you, it depends. Parody…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 11 readers -
  • “Rising Star” Falls For Suspended Trademark Attorney

    … By all accounts, Jeremy Blackowicz is a fine trademark attorney with a long and bright future ahead. According to a recent version of his law firm’s website, Mr. Blackowicz was an associate in the Boston, Massachusetts intellectual property department of Day Pitney, LLP. According to the firm’s website, Mr. Blackowicz, a 2001 graduate of Boston…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 72 readers -
  • Unboxing Videos are Fun and Lucrative, But Are they Legal?

    … adults) sneak peaks at the latest and greatest. However, FunToyzCollector and other unboxing channels may be drifting into a legal grey area. Copyright Infringement & Trademark Infringement FunToyzCollector does not seem to be affiliated with The Walt Disney Company in any way. Thus, her videos featuring products that are registered…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 114 readers -
  • How the Other "Green" Economy Is Affecting Intellectual Property

    … IP assets, including trademarks, trade names, brands, patents, and copyrights related to marijuana. The intended purpose of the tax is to “capitalize on [Washington’s] unique position” and use the generated revenue for agricultural research. Dissenters point to several shortcomings, arguing that the bill discourages business from seeking trademark…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 3 readers -
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