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Revolt Against the Bolts!: Los Angeles Chargers Face Opposition

In January 2017 the Chargers announced they were moving back to where it all began, Los Angeles.  Even though San Diego had been the...
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Protecting IP Through Trade Secrets

A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information that is not generally known or reasonably...
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How To File A Trademark – Step By Step

If you are reading this, you are probably have asked yourself all ready, "Do I really need a trademark lawyer to file a trademark...
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Why Incorporate?

Why should I choose to incorporate my business? 1. Protect your personal assets. By forming a corporation, you separate your personal assets from the company, and are...
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Velvet Veil or Iron Curtain? Picking the Right Limited Liability Entity

  Most startups and small business owners have some inkling of the fact the very next step after forming an idea, is forming a business....
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Protecting Growth with Design Patents

Design patents protect the unique ornamental designs of the functional aspects of your product. Ornamental designs may include perceivable designs such as a unique...
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10 Reasons Why Trademarks Are Important for Any Brand

Federal Trademark registration is very important and should definitely not be overlooked by any brand.   A trademark’s main purpose is to identity the origin of...
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Starting Your Startup

As both an attorney and entrepreneur, I have personally experienced the common struggles of the brave, new business owner of the 21st century. Through...
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Super Bowl LI: Patriots v. Falcons

The Big Game for 2017 is finally here! Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 marks the date of Super Bowl LI.  This year’s Super Bowl is...
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Vegas Golden Knights: Name Update

“Viva Las Hockey!”   Didn’t Elvis say that? In June 2016,  Las Vegas was awarded its first professional sports team--hockey.   The National Hockey League (NHL)...
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Does Your Brand Need International Protection?

As your business grows, it’s important to evaluate whether or not your brand extends beyond the country in which you are located as trademarks...
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Top 3 IP Cases to Watch in India – 2017

Today we turn our attention to the Indian subcontinent to round out our series on top IP cases. Toyota v. Prius Auto: Delhi High Court reverses...
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Top 3 IP Cases in Europe – 2016

Today we turn our attention not to a particular country, but to an economic region -- the European Union. While we are looking ahead and...
American Law

Top 3 IP Cases to Watch in the US – 2017

A new year means a new Supreme Court session. Here are three top US intellectual property cases to watch out for this year. Lee...
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IP Legislation Wish List for 2017

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article represent that of the author and the contributors who have been quoted, and are not the official...
Trademark Trump

Bully in the Bully Pulpit: Trump’s Trademark Oppositions

“Donald Trump is a bully.” Boy, if I had a dollar every time I heard that... I’d have some TRUMP MONEY. (Bad pun intended.)...
Disney Trademark Oppositions

Big Mouse in the House: Disney Trademark Oppositions

Hiya, pal! Good to see ya! Walt Disney has undeniably created some of the most iconic fictional characters of today.  (Dare I say ever?)...

Trademark Law at the Supreme Court: Lee v. Tam

It's a big day for trademark law at the Supreme Court. And by all accounts, a big line to get a seat, as well. It's...
Trademark Opposition

“Hey, you can’t do that!”: A Guide to Trademark Oppositions

You file your trademark application, and wait with baited breath for 12-16 weeks to hear from the USPTO examiners.  Your application passes the official...
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Do I need a Patent?

Ever since I was little, one of my favorite things to do has been asking “Why?”  Some people say this makes me persnickety –...
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Harley-Davidson sues Urban Outfitters for $2 Million

Harley-Davidson sues multinational clothing company Urban Outfitters.  Feel like deja vu to anyone?  Probably because this isn’t the first time Harley-Davidson has sued Urban...
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Google AdWords and Trademark Infringement

In the previous blog post by my colleague, Alexander Scalia, we were introduced to Google AdWords, and how they can help you establish branding...
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Google AdWords and Commercial Use under the Trademark Act

Before a trademark can be registered with the USPTO, it must be used in commerce.  The Lanham Act defines the term “use in commerce”...
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Companies Who Filed the Most Trademark Oppositions in 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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Top Trademark Attorneys

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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How Do I Protect my Design? (Part 2)

So what if I think I qualify for more than one protection? Can I have two (or more) intellectual property protections for the same...
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How Do I Protect my Design? (Part 1)

So I have a design I want to protect – say it is the design for a dress, the style of the dress, or...
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Run-DMC Founder Sues Walmart and Amazon for $50 Million

  Amazon and Walmart have found themselves in a tricky, tricky, trrrrrricky lawsuit with none other than hip-hop group Run-DMC.  (This is the group behind...
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10 Intellectual Property Goals For the New Year

The start of a new year means it’s time to prepare a list of business goals to accomplish this year.  This year every business...
New Years Resolution

New Years Resolution: Trademark Audit

The start of a New Year is a time where many of us are setting goals and plans for the upcoming year, both on...
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Top 3 Logo Trend Predictions for 2017

As it is ideal for your brand to be on trend, it is important to stay up to date with the latest innovations in...
USPTO Fee Increase

USPTO Trademark Fee Increase

Important Trademark News:  If you need a trademark, you may want to file before January 14, 2017.  USPTO fees are going up. On January 14,...

Year-End Checklist

In the last dwindling days of December, it's not just Santa who should be making a list and checking it twice. The end of the...
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Flying With Altaïr: Getting Your Gaming Startup Off the Ground

December 20th sees the release of the Assassin’s Creed film; the first motion picture in a media franchise that began with a video game...
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Star Wars and Patents

The number of patents that Lucasfilm owns makes them an impressive FORCE (bad pun intended) in intellectual property.  They have filed a lot of...
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Copyright Law and Fanfiction…Not Always OTP: Legal Issues with Fanfiction

Do the words “fic” or  “fannish” mean anything to you?  If they do there are pretty good chances you are familiar with fanfiction.  Maybe...
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Litigious One You Are Lucasfilm

On December 16, 2016 Disney is releasing a new Star Wars film titled "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”   While this movie is not...
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How to Choose a Trademark

Choosing a brand name is an exciting time for any business.   As much as it is fun, it is a very important business decision...
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Donald Trump and the USPTO

What is the Future of the USPTO after President-elect Trump Takes Office? Donald Trump is a man of many hats.  Not only figuratively speaking, but...
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How To Trademark a T-shirt Slogan

Check out Heather A. Sapp's, Senior Trademark Attorney at LegalForce RAPC, guest post on MerchInformer.   She has created a step by step guide...

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