Posts Tagged intellectual property

INSIGHT: Clarifying Brexit’s affect on European IP Rights

I’ll leave my personal position on the Brexit vote for other arenas. This post will stick to discussing how the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union could affect your intellectual property rights in the UK and the remainder of Europe. First, the good news. For all

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deadmau5 and Disney Settle Trademark Dispute Over Mouse Ears

News sources are reporting that Disney‘s long running challenge to the use of ‘mouse ears’ by deadmau5, a world famous electronic music DJ, has been settled. The dispute started when deadmau5 applied to register his stage mask as a trademark. Trademark protection is primarily concerned with avoiding consumer confusion. It

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Profiting from Fair Use

My office has recently fielded a flood of questions about Fair Use across a range of contexts – using a recording of a documentary subject using software on her computer; posting thumbnails on a website; sharing recipes and ingredient lists; and, most recently, artists asking whether the art they share

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Important changes are coming for US design patents.  These changes will be a great boon to US applicants, making it possible to use a single application to simultaneously seek protection of their designs in dozens of countries around the world.  This change comes as the US took measures last week

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NEWS: USPTO find “Redskins” disparaging, cancels trademark registration

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO today issued a split decision finding that the football team name “Redskins” is disparaging of Native Americans. Among the many reasons that a trademark may be blocked from being registered in the first place, or cancelled if it has

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SEMINAR : Intellectual Property – A Small Business Primer

On Thursday, August 22, I’ll be doing a presentation on intellectual property issues that small businesses are likely to encounter. Small businesses put a lot of effort into developing their identity and brands. Producing valuable intellectual property can be a significant expense; direct and indirect revenues related

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