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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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Accepting intellectual property as collateral: best practices to perfect security interests in patents, trademarks and copyright

In business transactions, company assets are often pledged to secure loans or other financing.  In some transactions, the intellectual property is assigned and then leased or licensed back to the debtor.  This article will focus on the lien situation, as … Continue reading

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Realistic Expectations for Licensing Consumer Product

Inventors often seek to license their products to companies that sell on TV – infomercials, QVC or HSN – sales channels known in the industry as direct response television sales.  They are easily dismayed to be offered royalties of 3% … Continue reading

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Can I Ignore a Settlement Demand Letter? (No)

What You Should Do If You Receive a Settlement Demand Letter for Alleged Copyright Infringement by your Website……… First – Do Not Ignore The Letter! If you have received a Settlement Demand Letter, the first step is to determine if … Continue reading

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Paris Hilton not Flattered by Imitation

Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton launched a line of fragrances and bath products in 2004. Last year, Perfume Palace unveiled its line of fragrance and beauty products called “Paris, Paris.” Paris Hilton alleges trade dress and trademark infringement on the basis … Continue reading

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We Don’t Drink that Poison in this Neck of the Woods!

Crown Royal’s purple bag with gold trim is distinctive trade dress that is protected on the Federal Trademark Register. Mexcor, Inc. manufactures and distributes a similar liquor product, Texas Crown, directly competing with Crown Royal.  Mexcor’s commercial depicted a cowboy … Continue reading

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Risks of Do-It-Yourself Patent Licenses

Patent license agreements are complex legal agreements. If you download a form on the internet, you risk not acquiring all of the rights you need to enforce the patent against infringers and to get the full scope of damages you … Continue reading

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Buy All of It, Up Front

Just because you hire and pay someone to write something for you (promotional and marketing materials, a software code or newsletter and blog content), or to design a logo or a website, or to take your photo, it does NOT … Continue reading

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Opting for legally licensed recorded music in your establishment

ASCAP and BMI employ investigators to roam the country identifying new restaurants, bars, clubs or other establishments where music is used but the establishment does not have a license. Venue owners are required to purchase a license, typically for a … Continue reading

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