John Ottaviani

John Ottaviani

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

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Forget That Prince Had No Will, What About the Estate Tax Problems?

There has been a fair amount of buzz in the days after Prince’s death about his estate plan, whether he has a Will, whether he did or did not do any planning. Time will see this out. Prince’s heirs at law appear at this time...more

5/6/2016 - Estate Planning Estate Tax Intellectual Property Litigation IRS Prince Royalties Wills

Did Led Zeppelin Steal the Stairway to Heaven?

Did Led Zeppelin copy the opening of its iconic song “Stairway to Heaven” from a lesser-known band? A jury in California will decide in May whether the song copied elements of “Taurus,” a 1967 instrumental track from the...more

4/15/2016 - Copyright Infringement Entertainment Industry Led Zeppelin Marvin Gaye Music Pharrell Williams Raging Bull Robin Thicke

Plan Now to Comply with New Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act

Businesses, organizations, state and local governmental entities and individuals who collect and store personal information about Rhode Island residents should start planning now to comply with the new Rhode Island Identity...more

2/19/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Security Identity Theft New Legislation Personal Data Risk-Based Approaches

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Refusal to Register Disparaging Trademarks Struck Down on First Amendment Grounds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a 9-3 decision in In re Tam, has declared a provision of the federal trademark law unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. The...more

1/6/2016 - Disparagement First Amendment Free Speech Popular Redskins The Slants Trademark Registration Trademarks USPTO

Don’t Lose Out on Your .BANK Domain Name

In just a few months, perhaps as early as mid-May, the new .BANK generic Top Level Domain will become available to banks around the world. The new domain promises to be more secure than the traditional .COM, with enhanced...more

3/17/2015 - Banks Domain Names gTLD ICANN Sunrise Periods Trademark Clearinghouse Trademarks

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Reduce Filing Fees

Effective January 17, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reducing filing fees for new U.S. trademark applications filed and processed electronically from $325 to $275 per class (and as low as $225 if certain strict...more

12/18/2014 - Electronic Filing Filing Fees Trademarks USPTO

Does Your Company Have An Information Security Program? Is it Up To Date?

The data breaches that Target, Michael’s, Nieman Marcus and other large companies have suffered recently have gained a great deal of attention in the media. These public and costly embarrassments serve as reminders that all...more

3/5/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Michaels Neiman Marcus Target

Don’t Lose Trademark Rights by Failing to Register Your Marks

A recent case from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court whose rulings cover Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Puerto Rico, demonstrates how important it is for business owners to register...more

10/1/2013 - Hotels Registration Trademarks USPTO

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