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Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

Consider Design Patents as One Mode of Protection for Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL...more

IP Buzz - March 2014

In this issue: - "CANDY" Crushed - DMCA Takedown? Not Without a Registration - Announcements And Reminders - Excerpt from "CANDY" Crushed: From taxi cabs, to subways, to airplanes, to your...more

Brand Wars: Will the Real Ronald McDonald Please Stand Up (and Eat a Taco Bell Taco on Camera)?

Last week, Taco Bell released a TV commercial featuring real men named Ronald McDonald enjoying Taco Bell’s new breakfast items. This is very creative advertising, but is not for the faint of heart. Using a competitor’s...more

Intellectual Property Infringement on the Internet: What Court to Call?

The internet does not know any national borders; website content can be viewed from anywhere in the world. This raises the question of what court has jurisdiction when the content of a website infringes on intellectual...more

7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the...more

Intellectual Property Year in Review

With the new year underway, we take a look back at some of the intellectual property-related highlights of 2013. Not only did the federal copyright and trademark agencies face a full-blown government shutdown this past year,...more

"Intellectual Property and Technology: Patent Issues to Watch in 2014"

With key provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) taking effect and a host of controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 2013 was another active year for intellectual property law. Big cases and big changes will continue...more

Watch Out for Trademark and Copyright Registration Scams!

The requirements for registering trademarks, copyrights and business names can sometimes be puzzling. A variety of new scams are targeting people unfamiliar with the process by demanding payment for registering or renewing...more

How to Copyright a Name?

Clients new to the process of trademark registration sometimes ask first “how to copyright a name?” People confuse the terms trademark and copyrights, since patents trademark and copyrights were long ago lumped together by...more

Protect Your Stuff

From Day One, a start-up company needs to protect its technology and its branding, and to budget for that protection. Some suggested steps follow, many of which require little or no direct, out-of-pocket expense....more

Rhymin’ & Stealin’ & Filin’ Lawsuits

Last month, I wrote about the preemptive lawsuit filed by GoldieBlox, a toy retailer, against the Beastie Boys. GoldieBlox sought declaratory relief that their use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a GoldieBlox...more

"Perfecting" Security Interests in United States Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

Many financing transactions, such as loans or securitizations, involve businesses that are focused on or have some material amount of intellectual property ("IP"). We often receive questions about the IP security interest...more

Developing an App? Protect your Intellectual Property!

If your startup company is working on developing an app, remember that the app, or the development process, raises intellectual property issues that you should consider. ...more

Global Connection - November 2013: Entering the U.S. Franchise Market: a Summary of Legal Considerations

Franchisors that have developed successful programs in their home countries will frequently consider expansion opportunities in other countries. In the past, the U.S. was not necessarily an attractive venue in light of the...more

Medical devices and 3D printing

As we already discussed, 3D printing technologies facilitates the creation of things but also is a great issue for managing traditional IP rights. This is a technology that will challenge more and more an effective...more

LogoThief to the Rescue

There is a brand new exposer of potential intellectual property violations on the scene, meet LogoThief. “We exist to name and shame logo thieves and all others who plagiarise the work of logo designers.” ...more

Starting a new business? Intellectual Property 101 Presented by Prof. Islam & PA Thomas Lewry [Video]

"Often [intellectual property] is the most valuable asset to the company, bar none, more than the building, more valuable than the land that it sits on." -The Recorder, November 30, 2006 What does it take to get a...more

Q&A: When to Publicly Announce New Business Idea or Product

When is the right time to publicly announce a new business idea or product? It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a new business or product launch, but without careful planning, a public announcement may hinder...more

What should my company be aware of when launching a new website?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Intellectual Property attorney Maria Crimi Speth discusses various legal issues a company should be aware of when launching a new website....more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-21 -- Nov 12, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

You Can Be Liable For Copyright Infringement by Your Company

Generally, the owners, officers and employees of a corporation or limited liability company are not personally liable for the actions or conduct of their companies. However, a recent decision by the United States District...more

Due Diligence in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Transactions  [Video]

Kevin McCabe, a director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, discusses the importance of doing a proper diligence investigation before a merger, acquisition, or other significant corporate...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 10, October 2013

No Case or Controversy in DJ Against Patentee Who Sued Manufacturer’s Customers: Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Alberta Telecommunications Research Center - In a non-precedential opinion addressing declaratory judgment...more

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