Trademarks Patents

A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark... more +
A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark would be a company's logo such as the Nike "Check" or McDonald's "Golden Arches."  less -
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Landry's Inc. v. Flores: NLRB Ruling Bucks Trend, Hints that Non-Infringement Provisions in Employee Handbooks may be Lawful

On June 26, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled that Landry’s Inc., parent of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., did not violate federal labor laws with its policy governing employees’ use of social media. Administrative...more

Design Patents and 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

European Commission's Actions to Better Protect and Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

Although the number of registrations of European Patents, Community Trademarks and Community Designs more than doubled between 2003 and 2012, the high numbers of infringements of intellectual property rights (IPRs) harm this...more

Anti-counterfeiting: protecting your brand – why it is important and how to do it

Intellectual property (“IP”) is often the DNA of a business. A brand can be integral to reputation, revenue streams and goodwill. However, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation...more

New EU actions on enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

On 1 July, the European Commission has adopted two communications on (i) an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the EU and (ii) a Strategy for the protection and enforcement of...more

Doing Business in Canada: Intellectual Property Protection

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION - Effectively protecting a business’s intellectual property rights has become an increasingly important element of safeguarding the success of many businesses nowadays. The following is...more

Fees for Recording IP Security Agreements with the USPTO and USCO

In financing transactions, such as loans or securitizations, lenders will typically take a security interest in the borrower's assets pledged as collateral, including any United States intellectual property ("US IP") assets,...more

IP Solicitation Scams on the Rise

In recent months, an increasing number of companies have reported receiving official-looking intellectual property notices and solicitations. These fraudulent solicitations may take the form of invoices, renewal notices, or...more

Trade Dress and the Functionality Doctrine: At the Intersection of Trademark and Patent Law

Earlier this week, the Fourth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a Lanham Act claim for trade dress infringement involving a pixel pattern embossed on an absorbent textile-like product used in medical supplies, hygiene...more

The Changing Landscape of Intellectual Property in China [Video]

Big changes have come to China in the field of intellectual property, and with those changes we’ve seen a notable increase in the number of companies, both domestic and foreign, that have attempted to leverage the newfound...more

Financing with IP Collateral

In a recent guest post on the Patently-O blog by Dennis Crouch, William Mann, an assistant professor of finance at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, notes the explosion in USPTO filings that record a creditor’s...more

Intellectual Asset Management Best Practices – Part 1

Does your organization have “intellectual assets”? Regardless of what your organization does – whether it is a service-based business, or in the manufacturing sector, whether it is driven by cloud-based software or...more

Making a Federal Case Out of Trade Secret Misappropriation

NEWSFLASH-Congress may actually do something. There is talk of a bipartisan (you read that right, BIPARTISAN) bill to provide redress for trade secret theft in federal courts. Today trade secrets are the poor relations...more

United States Trade Secrets Law

The America Invents Act (AIA) changes the traditional calculus in determining whether to seek patenting an invention or to maintain it as a trade secret. This shift in intellectual property protection is the result of two...more

The European Design Regime

1. Introduction - In 1993, the Commission of the European Union issued proposals for a directive for harmonization of design laws within the member countries of the EU and for the creation of an EU-wide design regime...more

Masterbuilt Raises Heat on Sportsman's Turkey Fryer and Electric Smoker Products

On May 6, 2014, Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc. (“Masterbuilt”), a Georgia corporation, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia alleging trademark infringement, design and utility patent infringement, and...more

International Trend Toward Strengthening Trade Secret Law

As the patent wars continue to rage, and the cost of securing and enforcing patent rights continues to rise in the United States and abroad, the role of trade secrets in securing and protecting valuable intellectual property...more

Three Point Shot - May 2014

Tiger Woods Misses the Cut in Golf Memorabilia Dispute - Tiger Woods skipped The Masters this year for the first time in 20 years because he was recuperating from back surgery. But his back may not be the only source...more

Protecting Your Start-Up’s Core Assets

In my series of posts with advice for start-ups, I think this is the most important one. It is about protecting the heart of your business, i.e. those assets that form its foundation, drive its prospects and distinguish it...more

Law À La Mode: Special Edition – INTA 2014

In This Issue: - MODERNISATION OF THE TRADEMARK SYSTEM: Is Europe on the cusp of trademark law reform? - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Brand owners face unique challenges in Russia - DETAINING COUNTERFEIT GOODS: New...more

New Bill Would Create a Private Right of Action for Targets of Trade Secret Misappropriation under Federal Law

Senators Chris Coons and Orrin Hatch introduced a new bill on April 29 that would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 [1] (the "EEA") to create a Federal private right of action for victims of trade secret...more

Protection of Designs in the United States

In recent years, protection of designs has become of increasing importance. As Steve Jobs famously noted: “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s...more

Supreme Court Rulings Will Make Fee Awards More Likely In Trademark Cases As Well As Patent Cases

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc., companion cases that will make it easier for prevailing parties to...more

3D Printing—implications on Intellectual Property Rights ("IP rights")

Is there a new era beginning with the availability of low-cost 3D printers? Not so long ago it was unimaginable that people could print products they needed by themselves. They used to have to go to the supermarket or order...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Ecuador

Situated on the northwest coast of South America, the Republic of Ecuador encompasses an area of approximately 256,549 square kilometers, or 99,438 square miles. Ecuador is a constitutional, democratic, sovereign and...more

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