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Is Your Business Insured Against A Cyber Attack?

Your business has insurance coverage for flood and fire damage. You are protected if an employee gets into a car accident. But are you covered for a cyber attack?...more

High Hopes Dashed -- Challenges in Protecting Trademarks for Marijuana-Related Products and Services

BluHawaii. Purple Kush. Willie’s Reserve. Kiva. California Finest. Altai. Are these the names of new beverages? To the contrary, these are some brand names for competing strains of marijuana. Legalized marijuana sales in...more

Intellectual Property Traps for the Unwary Business

Businesses often have misconceptions when it comes to intellectual property issues. Here are a few questions and answers on topics about which clients often ask us for advice...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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