Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cronut is protected intellectual property

Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel has trademarked his Cronut and been listed by TIME Tech  in the “25 Best Inventions of 2013”.  Registration with the USPTO gives him the enhanced ability to sue copycatters for infringement.  Restaurant owners should be careful … Continue reading

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Alcohol delivery – there’s an app for that

A new alcohol delivery start-up “Drizly” with locations in New York and Boston hopes to become “the Amazon” of alcoholic beverages using its patent pending iPhone app to facilitate on-demand alcohol delivery services.  If your liquor or wine store delivers, … Continue reading

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Redskins Debate Taken to the United Nations

The Oneida Indian nation leader met last Friday with the Assistant Secretary – General for Human Rights of the United Nations to argue that the team name “Washington Redskins” is racially insensitive.  This meeting followed a series of radio advertisements … Continue reading

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Do you own your intellectual property assets? Two ways to correct weaknesses and avoid business losses and conflicts

Here are some common situations where potentially you may have failed to secure ownership of your business assets and how to fix the situation: Problem:  Hiring a website designer or content writer without having a work for hire agreement that … Continue reading

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Mini Audit of Your Trade Secret Protection Program – 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Most business owners worry about their sensitive proprietary information walking out the door when key employees who leave for a new position or to open their own business.  If it has been a while since you have updated your company … Continue reading

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Branding Lessons from the Couture World

A Federal district court in New York ruled that Kate Spade’s Saturday brand does not infringe Saturdays Surf New York City mark.  The decision focused on the use of the term “Saturday” by more than one business in the fashion … Continue reading

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Some Downsides of UDRP Complaints

UDRP complaints can be filed for generic top-level domains (such as .com).  They are cost-effective and faster than traditional judicial proceedings for trademark infringement or unfair competition especially, since formal hearings aren’t required. However, the only remedy available in a … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons Not to Hire a Licensed Patent Professional to File your Patent Application

Here are the top 10 reasons business owners have for not hiring an attorney to assist in obtaining a patent for an invention. 10.       “We have unlimited time to worry about everything, so we should do it all ourselves.”  9.        … Continue reading

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Court decisions involving Native American Tribes may have a dramatic impact on the IP World

Some industry experts predict that Native American tribal organizations and their business development authorities may expand into the technology world to take advantage of their sovereign immunity from patent infringement claims.  A New York district court held that the immunity … Continue reading

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Be Careful about Olympic Themed Promotions

The U.S. Olympic Committee holds federally registered trademarks giving them exclusive use over the Olympic Rings, the Olympic Flame, “Team USA” and “Sochi 2014.”  They vigorously enforce their trademark rights.  Running an advertising campaign with an Olympic related theme could … Continue reading

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