Category Archives: Copyright

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Great Harvest Bread Co. uses the slogan “Bread. The way it ought to be.” Panera uses the slogan “Food As It Should Be.” Great Harvest alleges that Panera uses its similar slogan on products that directly compete with the bakery’s … Continue reading

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Awe, Man! Don’t Take Away The Cool Stuff!

AWE, MAN! DON’T TAKE AWAY THE COOL STUFF! Those cool new car features that allow integrated on board car cameras and multi-purpose navigation devices might be short lived.  The music industry groups are suing Ford, GM and other car manufacturers … Continue reading

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CHOP Confusion

Rutgers University applied to register “Chop” for various merchandise after its first bowl game. The winning season’s mantra was “just keep chopping wood.” The University’s application met with opposition from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who had used the CHOP … Continue reading

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AWE, MAN! DON’T TAKE AWAY THE COOL STUFF!

Those cool new car features that allow integrated on board car cameras and multi-purpose navigation devices might be short lived.  The music industry groups are suing Ford, GM and other car manufacturers for copyright infringement and failing to pay music … Continue reading

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Finger Lakes Innovation Hot Spot

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Whenever Working With Outsiders and Your Proprietary Technology, Don’t Forget About Technology Improvements

Whenever a business (or independent inventor) enters into any type of agreement concerning access to its proprietary, patented, patent pending, or trade secret technology, it is important that the agreement addresses potential improvements to your technology that may be created … Continue reading

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Courts Repeatedly Confirm That T-Shirt Slogans Are Not Copyrightable, but May Be Trademarked

I’m not sure what I like better – reading T-shirts or funny cards.  I’m the one laughing out loud so everyone wonders, “What could possibly be so funny?”  As much as I love those great T-shirt designs and slogans, I … Continue reading

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Graffiti Artist Sues American Eagle for Copyright Infringement

Ahol Sniffs Glue, a graffiti artist, uses his public art to express his social activism message and counter-cultural criticism.  His Ocean Grown graffiti mural is displayed on a public building in Miami.  American Eagle launched an advertising campaign where the … Continue reading

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Seven Things Employers Can Do to Protect Their Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets

Employees and key company executives have access to proprietary business information that can be key to the company’s market position.  Protecting this critical information is top priority for any business.  There are seven basic things any business can do to … Continue reading

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Free Market Royalty Act creates public performance right and new royalty stream for artists

The copyright laws were written before we had digital music media.  The evolution of the digital music industry has created new markets and products that are not addressed in the current laws. A proposed bill, The Free Market Royalty Act, … Continue reading

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