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Professional Service Firms: What Is a House Mark and Why Do You Need to Protect It?

Pat Concannon, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property and Business Departments, analyzed why professional service firms need to safeguard their house marks in Nutter Insights. Pat discussed why a house mark is important...more

Trademark Review | May 2016

Surname Not Registrable Absent Substantially Exclusive Use - As a result of various third-party uses of the surname “Ayoub” for similar services, Applicant’s use of AYOUB did not meet the requirement of Section (f) that...more

Quebec Publishes Draft Regulations Requiring the Presence of French on Outdoor Signs

On May 4, 2016, the Government of Quebec published proposed Regulations that aim to ensure there is “a sufficient presence of French” on the outdoor signage of establishments on which trademarks appear in a language other...more

Million Dollar Martini: How to Shake Up Your Network and Mix Up Big Deals

You’ve taken the traditional marketing routes: ads in the local paper, perhaps a quick spot on the radio or a basic web page. But, how do you mix in that extra ingredient that will put your company on top? What can push your...more

Draft Revisions to Chinese Anti-Unfair Competition Law

The 1993 Anti-Unfair Competition Law (“AUCL”)[1] was among the first major laws of China’s “reform and opening up” period to target unfair and anticompetitive practices in the course of market behavior. It establishes...more

Unleash the Power of Your Trademark Portfolio, Maximize ROI, and Change the World

By the time this 2015 Fall edition of snippets® hits your inbox, our readers in the United States will already have been inundated with articles and thoughts about Thanksgiving—a time to take a step back and be thankful for...more

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection

Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others. However, there are many issues to be aware of when seeking...more

Domain Name Strategies for Start-Up Companies

Just as it is important for start-up companies to be mindful of early-stage trademark and copyright protection strategies (see our guides entitled “Trademark Strategies for Start-Up Companies” and “Copyright Strategies for...more

2015 DMCA Exemptions In Detail: When Is It OK to Technologically Circumvent Copyright Protections?

On October 28, 2015, the LOC reported a new set of regulations regarding exemptions to the DMCA provision that prohibits circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Here's a summary of...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - October 2015

We hope you enjoy this edition of our Tech Newsletter. As technology continues to drive business innovation and growth, new and existing companies positioned to take advantage of the tech trends for 2016 will be better...more

Common IP pitfalls every business can avoid

As a business owner or manager, you have probably experienced or at least heard about costly and disruptive intellectual property infringement lawsuits. You may also be very concerned about protecting your company’s customer...more

Trademark Strategies for Start-Up Companies

Most innovative start-up companies appreciate that a sound patent strategy is critical to success in the marketplace, and in making the company attractive to investors and future acquirers. But they overlook the importance of...more

Trademarks, Copyrights and Registered Marks: Corporate Website Housekeeping

Among all of the other areas of your business that you need to keep in order, don’t forget your website. Your website is the company’s digital store front to all of your customers and the public. Protecting it is paramount to...more

European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released...more

Other Peoples’ (Adult) Content (Episode 15)

There are so many legal issues in Episode 15 that it’s hard to know where to begin, so I’m going to start at the end: porn. Pied Piper is competing against nemesis Endframe for a $15 million contract from the online porn...more

YourBrand.sucks — Unless You Act Now!

As the INTA Annual Meeting winds down, one memory for me that certainly stuck out was an on-site ad campaign revolving around the new “.sucks” top-level domain (“TLD”). Depending on whom you ask, it’s either ingenious or...more

BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report Shows Human Error is More Often to Blame

Human error was the number one cause of data security incidents according to a new report released today by the Privacy and Data Protection Team at BakerHostetler. In the incidents that the firm worked on last year, employee...more

[Insert Your Trademark Here].sucks – Is Your Brand at Risk?

In recent years, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit entity responsible for maintaining the Domain Name System of the Internet, has begun to introduce hundreds of new top-level...more

Starting a Craft Brewery in North Carolina - Steps to Take Before You Sell a Single Bottle of Beer

Before your finely-crafted product can ever be someone’s quiet reward after a long day or before your craft brew can ever take home a Great American Beer Festival® gold medal, you must take certain steps to ensure your...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Delinquent Corporation To Sue And Own Trademarks

In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an...more

Unincorporated Associations Can Protect Unregistered Trademarks Under The Lanham Act

Can an unincorporated association own a trade mark and enforce trademark rights under the Lanham Act? The Ninth Circuit says that it can. (Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, No. 13-55780, 2014 U.S. App. Lexis...more

Underdog or Underhanded: The Real Issues Behind Aereo

How do you prove someone is breaking the law, if the technology they are using to do so didn’t even exist when the law was written?...more

What to do if you think your company has had a data breach... [Video]

If you think your company may have had a data breach, you need to see this video!...more

What’s Really in your Beer Name: Trademark Protection for Craft Brewing Companies and Their Beers

Besides the unique taste of your beer, what more than anything else helps your consumers remember the source of that fantastic beer? Obviously, your company name and probably also the name of your beer. With hundreds of...more

Free e-Book of Legal Audit: Internet & Cyber Laws for Website | Checklist: Do’s & Don’ts while doing Web (Internet) Based Business

Introduction With the ever changing advent of Internet law, it is very crucial to ensure the legal compliance of a website and get it audited from an internet lawyer. Various components of a website, including, Terms and...more

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