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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ideas For TV Series or Movie

Ideas for a television series or a movie are rather difficult to protect under conventional trade secret law. The law does not allow someone to own an idea. You can own a way to carrying out an idea (patent) or … Continue reading

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New Law for Fashion Designers?

Sometimes IP law is imperfect for protecting fashion design. The law is dynamic and needs to change as society changes. A pinch and a tuck is exactly what it needs. Congress has been considering a new 3-year right of protection … 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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