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December 31st Deadline to Re-Register a DMCA Designated Agent

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Online service providers have until December 31, 2017, to re-register a designated agent with the Copyright Office if they want to remain eligible for protection from copyright infringement liability under the Digital...more

Navigating the Lifecycle of an Eponymous Brand (Part 3)

In this three-part series, we identified three distinct seasons in the lifecycle of an eponymous brand: (1) Choosing the Brand, (2) Commercializing the Brand, and (3) Legacy of the Brand. In Part 1, we discussed what is at...more

Tick Tock - Website Owners Face Deadline to Preserve Liability Safe Harbor

All owners of websites accessible in the United States need to be aware of new rules that directly control a website owner’s potential liability for copyright infringement. On December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright...more

Grey Marketing – Still Not Black and White in Canada

by Smart & Biggar on

Grey marketing, sometimes referred to as “parallel importation”, is the diversion of goods, originally intended for sale only in certain countries, to other countries where they were not intended to be sold. The goods are not...more

On Your Mark—"TM" or "®"? Trademark Notice Guidelines

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When starting a new business or developing a new brand, business owners tend to have common trademark-related questions: Do I need a trademark registration? What rights will a registration provide? What are the associated...more

Selecting a Mark

While branding is important, selecting a mark for a new business can occupy a disproportionate amount of management’s time and the company’s resources, and present significant risks to the business....more

New Year’s Resolution – Be Compliant With the DMCA!

Copyright Office Issues New Rule – A Fresh Designation of Agent Submission is Required Before The End of 2017 to Be Compliant With The DMCA - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from...more

Craft brewery startups: Early stage IP considerations

by McAfee & Taft on

By all accounts, as we head into 2017, the craft beer industry will continue to experience tremendous growth. This is due to primarily to increasing consumer demand. Also, favorable legislation in some states should help fuel...more

New Copyright Office Rule Creates Potential “Gotcha” for Blogs and Websites Hosting User-Generated Content

If your company operates a website or blog that hosts user-generated content, you’ll want to read this post carefully. We’re ringing the alarm bell on an important new U.S. copyright law development that, if ignored,...more

New DMCA Agent Registration Rules Essential to Section 512 Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent copyright office rule changes could terminate an unsuspecting OSP’s eligibility for the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) creates an important safe harbor from copyright...more

Update To DMCA’s Safe Harbor Agent Designations

by Bryan Cave on

Internet service providers keen on preserving the safe harbor provisions contained in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) should take note: the U.S. Copyright Office has developed an online system for designating...more

Copyright Office Rule Changes Require Website Owners to Take Action to Benefit From DMCA Safe Harbor

On December 1, the US Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of this process,...more

New Regulations Will Affect Service Provider Protections Under the DMCA

by Lathrop Gage on

The Copyright Office recently announced amendments to its regulations that, if not followed, will affect a service provider’s eligibility to seek protection under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright...more

Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website. Originally published in Law360,...more

Website Operators Must Use New Online System to Qualify for DMCA Safe Harbor

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On December 1, 2016, online service providers (including most website operators, cloud service providers and online communication services) must qualify for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) safe harbor by using a...more

Got a Website or an App? Take Action to Protect Yourself!

by Brooks Pierce on

The U.S. Copyright Office has announced a new electronic filing system for registering websites, apps, and other online platforms for “safe harbor” protection from copyright infringement liability. The new system becomes...more

Faster, Cheaper Designation of Agents to Accept DMCA Take-Down Notices

A message in a bottle tossed into the sea stands little chance of reaching its intended recipient anytime soon. A notice, to be effective, must be delivered to someone somewhere as expeditiously as possible. What if that...more

10 Intellectual Property Pitfalls Every Startup Should Avoid

by Knobbe Martens on

Partner Thomas Yee and Associate Jonathan Menkes presented "10 IP Pitfalls Startups Should Avoid" to a group of local startup companies. Please see full Presenation below for more information....more

Perspective: The Accenture Blockchain Patent

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Blockchain innovators need to understand that they are working in an early-stage, evolving IP landscape where the potential risks are still very difficult to evaluate....more

Accountability and Transition in ICANN’s New gTLD Program

by Dechert LLP on

Bringing accountability to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the little known yet hugely significant global regulator of the Internet domain name system, is always a significant victory. ICANN...more

Realizing Value from Intellectual Property

by McAfee & Taft on

Everyone assumes that intellectual property has value, but how do you determine that value? Can you increase it, and can you damage it?...more

Parent Company Furnishes Cancellation of Subsidiary’s Trademark Registration

Does your company’s wholly-owned subsidiary own trademarks in its own name? Has your company acquired any companies that own trademarks? If so, your company’s use of those trademarks will not prevent cancellation of those...more

Grab the Rings and Go For the Gold, At Your Own Risk

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are about one month away, and as athletes are getting ready to compete for medals, companies are getting ready to compete for consumers. Many marketers think that including Olympics-related...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1152

by Dentons on

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Heritage and Culture - Ministerial Decision No. 136/2016 Determining the fees for visiting museums affiliated to the Ministry of Heritage and Culture....more

Law Firm’s Suit against Partner over Domain Name Highlights Essential Control of Proper Registration

by Wilson Elser on

Partners in a business rarely title real property in the name of one individual partner. Businesses do not let employees title bank accounts for the business in their individual names. Yet, when it comes to domain names,...more

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