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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...
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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...
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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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Moana and Intellectual Property

DISNEY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Today is the long-awaited release of the first new Disney Princess movie in three years! Okay, we know what you’re saying.   Moana...
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Guest post-Neil Lassen: Amazon’s Print-On-Demand Merchandising Platform and Trademarks

Today we're featuring a guest post here at the Lawinspiring blog. We invited Neil Lassen, the founder of Merch Informer, to talk about how...
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Political Slogans as Trademarks: Attracting Votes and Revenue

  Political slogans have been playing a role in presidential campaigns since the earliest days of American democracy.  Some slogans strike a cord with voters and...

Copyright Zombies

This article was originally published at The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog in 2013, titled "Copyright Graveyard." It is being reprinted today with permission from the...

The Complete List of All 170 Trademarks Filed by Donald Trump

  We searched through the list of trademarks owned by Donald Trump using the free trademark search engine, www.trademarkia.com. We conducted the search mostly out...

Recap of the Community Legal Event at Tempe Marketplace

Last Thursday we'd mentioned that our own Ryan Bethell would be volunteering at the "Let Joe Know" community legal event at Tempe Marketplace. It was...

#CreepyIP Celebrates the Weird in the USPTO Archives

Have you checked out #CreepyIP? The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Halloween-themed social media campaign is sure to get you in the spooky spirit. All October...
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Color Marks: A How-To and Why-To Guide

In keeping with our colorful theme this week, we thought we’d discuss a color that is more conventionally associated with Halloween -- orange! In an...

Tonight – Free Legal Advice For Those of You in Arizona!

Are you an upset Arizona consumer? Well, nothing could be worse (except something like falling into a cactus maybe). LegalForce RAPC  is sending one of...

An Entrepreneur’s Checklist – Filing a Patent

Here is a very down and dirty outline of some important steps you need to take in order to file your patent. Use this...

Top 3 Branding Tips For Startups

  Don't ignore these very important branding tips as following them may save you a migraine (or two). 1.Identify who you are talking to One rule many...

Subway Introduces Fresh, New Logo

    Subway's New Logo On Friday, the popular sandwich chain released a minimalistic logo to be the face of the new and improved Subway that promises...

The UK May Exit The EU – What This Could Mean For Your EU...

  On June 23rd 2016, the United Kingdom has voted in a referendum in favor of ‘BREXIT’, an exit from the European Union. This could...

Apple Patent Infringement Case May Lead To A Cease of iPhone Sales in China

Beijing’s Intellectual Property Office recently held that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on design patent rights held by Chinese device maker...

What is Intellectual Property Law?

What is it?  Intellectual property law or (IP law for short) is the act of attaining and maintaining your legal rights to your inventions, designs...

Facebook Wins Chinese Trademark Case

  International trademark cases appear to get sticky, especially in China. Fortunately, this recent trademark case did not get lost in translation. Chinese beverage company attempted...

Yahoo’s Patent Portfolio Is Up For Sale With A Pretty Big Price Tag

Financially ailing Yahoo, presently entertaining bids to sell its Web and Asian assets, has in its financial arsenal technology patents valued as high as...

Five Ways to Grow a Small Business Fast

    While you are willing to put in the time and effort to grow your small business, patience is a virtue. This is especially true...
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6 Reasons You Need International Trademark Protection

Today, many businesses are global or have the potential to be. With the click of a mouse, your product can sail over seas or fly across...

Recently Filed Trademarks – March 2016

INNOVATUS Wine Read more EPAYMENT Electronic cash transactions Read more KNC BEAUTY Cosmetic masks; Cosmetic preparations; Cosmetics; Non-medicated lip care preparations Read more EBANK Electronic cash transactions Read more CM CONTINUE MISSION Charitable...

‘Winking’ Could Be The Future of Online Purchase Authentication

Amazon earlier this month filed a patent application to enhance security when making online purchases by using a selfie and a wink. The patent application...

An Entrepreneur’s Checklist – Filing Your Own Trademark

If you are reading this, you probably have already asked yourself, “Do I really need a trademark lawyer to file a trademark application?” Well,...

Ford Earns Patent For A Movie Theater in Your Car

Ford Motor Co. recently earned a patent for tech that would allow passengers to watch movies from the windshield of their car - the tech...

Boeing Seeks Patent for UV, Germ-Zapping Lavatory

Boeing Aircraft has applied for a patent to protect its self-cleaning lavatory prototype that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to kill 99.9 percent of germs...

Coca Cola Continues To Fight To Trademark The Word “Zero”

The scoreboard still reads zero for  Coca Cola as the beverage company pushes on in their fight to trademark the word "Zero" for their “Coca-Cola Zero” diet beverage.  Despite nearly 13 years...

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