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Is My Trademark Enforceable?

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into some of the more detailed aspects of trademarks. What does it take for your mark to get registered? What kinds of marks receive legal protection?  At first blush, this seems like a lot of tricky information, but once explained, these concepts are relatively straightforward. Here’s a [..]

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The Trademark Basics – Part 1

Many of our blog posts here dive into current events that relate to intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secrets. While we try to explain a few key things about each area of law, the main focus is on the event that has made headlines. We think it’s fascinating how frequently IP [..]

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BlackBerry’s Latest Patent Claim – WhatsApp With That?

Do you find yourself missing the days of BlackBerry? The compact little device was the precursor to today’s ubiquitous smart phones. The BlackBerry Messaging (BBM) system was an excellent way to message, particularly to business colleagues as a more immediate means of communication than e-mail. Today, the trends have shifted away from the Blackberry as [..]

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The NFL Is Quick To Throw Penalty Flags At Trademark Infringers

Next weekend is the biggest weekend in football – the New England Patriots will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles for the championship title. Did you notice anything about that sentence? Perhaps a certain phrase was missing? That was on purpose. The NFL is notoriously aggressive about policing their trademarks, and that is the reason [..]

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Is Lana Del Rey “Creeping” on Radiohead’s Copyrighted Music?

#RadioheadIsOver was one of the trending hashtags on Twitter this week. Why, you ask? Not because the band was popular years ago, or because it’s been years since they put out a hit song, but because there were rumors that they were suing Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement. We’ve seen many copyright suits in [..]

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Disney In Copyright Hot Water Again – Not Everyone Can “Let It Go”

It has been 4 years since Disney’s hit animated movie Frozen came out, but the company is still riding the highs of the catchy, uplifting movie. The songs are well known, the characters iconic, and a new short film was introduced recently and presented to audiences before Pixar’s Coco in theaters. Unfortunately, Disney is also [..]

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Black Friday’s (Trade)Mark On Consumer Preferences

It’s finally here – Black Friday. How many of you are already done shopping for the day, out at 4 A.M. to hit the local doorbusters? Perhaps some of you got a head start at midnight on Thursday, or even right after your Thanksgiving dinner. Either way, today kicks off the biggest shopping season of [..]

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A Case Of Genericide?

Genericide – a kind of bug spray or potential doom in the intellectual property world? This word strikes fear in the hearts of trademark owners the same way it takes care of common household pests. But, instead of applying to the owner, it applies to their trademarks. Genericide occurs when a registered trademark loses its [..]

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The Bananas Conclusion To The “Monkey Selfie” Case

The intellectual property world is going bananas about the most recent copyright news. Remember back to a blog from two years ago, if you will (click here for a refresher.) A photographer was in Indonesia when one of the monkeys he was observing picked up his camera and snapped a photo of himself. The photographer [..]

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On A Dark Desert Highway, Infringement In The Air?

When you hear the words “Hotel California,” what pops into your head? It is a pretty safe bet to guess that it’s The Eagles hit song from their 1976 album of the same name. The song has been the band’s most popular, and it is easy to get the catchy melody stuck in your head. [..]

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