Category Archives: What’s New in IP

First DTSA Verdict was for a Recipe Misappropriated by a Contract Manufacturer

Almost a year ago, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act ( DTSA) was adopted to strengthen protection for businesses whose proprietary data and information is misappropriated despite its affirmative efforts to protect it. Note that last part:  in order to … Continue reading

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21st. Century Patent Practice

Being a parent of three sometimes means you have to take your work on the road as you chauffeur them to activities. Let me tell you about one such day. Sitting on the sidelines during a sports lesson, I want to, … Continue reading

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Beware of Employee Agreements

  Many employees sign confidentiality and non-compete agreements when accepting a new job. While the stack of on-boarding paperwork for a new job seems routine, the obligations included in these non-compete agreements are anything but routine. Employees must carefully understand … Continue reading

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Information is Power

Information is Power Information is power. When you are adopting a new product name, you need information to make informed decisions and minimize the risk of problems down the line. Problems can, and generally do, cost thousands of dollars and … Continue reading

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Finger Lakes Innovation Hot Spot

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Calling all Inventors!

$2,000,000 and $1,000,000 prizes from NIH for inventor of a wearable device with a biosensor to track alcohol consumption in real time. Short version of Rules: Inconspicuous Low profile Aesthetically appealing Can be jewelry, clothing or anything in contact with … Continue reading

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Trademarks are Secret Weapon of Celebrities

Celebrities are getting trademark savvy by registering marks before others get the idea to capitalize on popular phrases and lyrics by putting them on T-Shirts, shot glasses and other products. Musicians, sports coaches, athletes and politicians want to capitalize on … Continue reading

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This Bud Is For You: Limited Trademark Options For Marijuana Businesses

Marijuana related businesses cannot register federal trademarks. Trafficking in marijuana is prohibited by the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Any schedule 1 drug cannot meet the standard of legal use of the mark in interstate commerce even in states where medical … Continue reading

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Congratulating Michael Jordan in a Sports Illustrated Ad Earned a Business a Lawsuit from the Celebrity

When celebrities receive awards or reach professional milestones, businesses often run congratulatory advertisements that both salute the celebrity and promote their brand.  While those seem to be supporting the celebrity, celebrities have initiated legal action for misappropriation and unauthorized use … Continue reading

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Protecting Against Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is at an all-time high with the internet as a major global retail hub.  The problem with counterfeit goods is that they are usually inferior quality and dilute the brand and its reputation with the consumer as a source … Continue reading

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