Jessica John Bowman

Jessica John Bowman

McAfee & Taft

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Bankruptcy Pitfalls: How an infringer's bankruptcy could impact your IP rights

As a patent owner, you have the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing your claimed invention into the United States. You also have the ability to recover damages from a...more

7/11/2016 - Automatic Stay Commercial Bankruptcy Damages Debtors Exclusivity Infringement Intellectual Property Protection Nondischargeable Debts

Gavel to Gavel: DTSA opens federal courthouse doors

In May, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which permits trade secret owners to seek relief for trade secret misappropriation in federal court. Originally published in The Journal...more

7/5/2016 - Asset Seizure Damages Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Employment Contract Ex Parte Immunity Misappropriation Notice Requirements Preliminary Injunctions Private Right of Action Trade Secrets

Protecting Your Trademarks: Conducting an annual trademark portfolio review

You already know how important it is to clear and register your trademarks. But clearing and registering your marks should be just the first step in your trademark-protection plan. To ensure that your marks continue to have...more

2/17/2016 - Popular Trademark Registration Trademarks USPTO

Avoiding the risks associated with ambiguous marketing claims

Your business likely has a designated team responsible for developing memorable and informative marketing materials. But does that team include someone who can objectively review your materials to identify the risks...more

12/3/2015 - All Natural Ambiguous False Advertising FTC Made in the USA Marketing

Comment period for FDA's draft nutrition, menu labeling guidance ends Nov. 2

On December 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration published its final rule on Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments, 79 FR 71156. This rule requires restaurants...more

10/22/2015 - Draft Guidance FDA Final Rules Menu-Labeling Nutrition Facts Labels Restaurant Industry Retail Market

Gavel to Gavel: Ambiguity poses risks

As a business owner, you’ve probably put together a team of skilled individuals to help effectively market your products and services by developing memorable and informative product labels, advertisements, and marketing...more

10/21/2015 - Advertising All Natural False Advertising FTC Made in the USA Marketing Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation

New ‘.bank’ domain available in mid-2015

New opportunities for the banking community are coming this year. In the fall of 2014, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the entity responsible for coordinating internet domain names, granted...more

3/10/2015 - Banks Domain Names gTLD ICANN Popular Registration Trademarks

Product labeling requirements aren't all black and white

Your company has created and developed a new, innovative product. You’ve tested your product, you’ve adopted a new trademark, and you’re ready to begin manufacturing. The remaining steps of preparing your product for sale,...more

1/15/2015 - FDA FTC Labeling Manufacturers

Protecting your intangible assets

The beginning of summer marks the start of a new chapter for both recent graduates looking for work and the businesses looking to hire them. But before you dive into that growing pile of resumes on your desk, take a...more

6/30/2014 - Business Assets Copyright Employer-Owned Intellectual Property Employment Contract Hiring & Firing Trade Secrets Trademarks

Copyright myths and legends

You can find almost anything you need on the internet: photographs, illustrations, articles, music. It is all too easy to download, print, and otherwise copy these materials for use in presentations, employee manuals, and in...more

1/6/2014 - Copyright Fair Use

Copyright myths and legends

The Internet is home to many resources that may be useful to your business. It’s easy to reproduce these materials and, thanks to a number of widely circulated copyright myths, many business owners believe these materials may...more

10/18/2013 - Copyright Copyright Infringement

SHARE this photo if you want a lawsuit: Avoiding liability when using public photos to advertise on social media websites

Your company just hosted a successful public event — perhaps a fundraiser for a local charity. Now that the event is over, all that remains is to post photos from the event on your company’s Facebook page. Right?...more

8/1/2013 - Advertising Facebook Photographs Social Media

McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - June 2013

In This Issue: - Short Attention Span - When the stars align: Negotiating celebrity endorsement deals - It’s not easy saying you’re green - Excerpt from Short Attention Span: LIKE IT? TWEET IT?...more

6/19/2013 - Advertising Disclosure Requirements FTC Online Advertisements Social Media

McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - June 2013: It’s not easy saying you’re green - Avoiding unfair and deceptive environmental marketing...

As a famous amphibious Muppet once noted, it’s not easy being green. This sentiment is shared by the Federal Trade Commission, which has issued Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (also known as the “Green...more

6/18/2013 - FTC Green Guides Greenwashing Marketing Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Gavel to Gavel: Picture policies

Originally published in The Journal Record - March 14, 2013. Your company just hosted a successful public event, perhaps a fundraiser for a local charity. The event is over, and all that remains is to post photos from...more

3/14/2013 - Advertising Facebook Photographs Release Agreements Right of Publicity Social Media

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - March 2013: Monitoring employees’ use of company trademarks in social media

If you’re an employer, chances are good that you employ some of the 1.06 billion individuals who regularly use Facebook®, as well as some of the millions who regularly post to other popular social media websites. And, whether...more

3/6/2013 - Facebook Social Media Social Media Policy Trademarks

McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - March 2013

In This Issue: - 3 Monitoring employees’ use of company trademarks in social media - 5 Keys to ensuring the secrecy of trade secrets - 6 FTC amends Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule - Excerpt from...more

3/5/2013

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