Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Spinning Out of Control: Peloton’s Attempts to Cancel a Trademark Bully

Mar
10
2021

Have you attended a spin class at your local gym or health club? Or are you immersed in the more timely, sanitary home-spinning craze? Have you related either of these activities to a company called Mad

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How Scammers Target Your Employees to Steal Your Trade Secrets

Feb
25
2021

Employee Training and Education Is Key To Avoiding Online Scams

Protect Trade Secrets From Online Scammers

What are Trade Secrets?

For confidential information to be classified as a trade secret, it must not be generally known (i.e. it is only known and used by you) or …

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5 Tips — Protecting The Photographer’s Copyrights Online

Nov
23
2020

Photographers Are Especially Vulnerable To Theft Of Their Work

Unfortunately, artists of all types have their work wrongfully copied and used without their consent on a regular basis, and in this age of Internet and Instagram, photographers can be especially …

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Copyright Registration For Blogs and Social Media Posts Just Got Easier

Sep
11
2020

U.S. Copyright Office Issues New Rule for “Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works” (GRTX)

blog and social media GRTX copyright registration

Are you a prodigious blogger?  Are you an influencer?  Do your social media posts garner lots of “likes”? This is because your content is great, …

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Read the Terms of Service on Social Media Sites

Apr
29
2020

By Posting to A Social Media Site – You Agree to the Terms of Service

woman taking selfie to post on social media sitesWhile Social Media was prevalent before the COVID-19 crisis, it is even more vital now as our only means of interacting with friends/family, current customers, …

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Blackbeard, Copyright Fair Use, and the COVID-19 Crisis

Apr
07
2020

Student taking part in remote classroom instruction on laptop computer

ARRRRRR!! There was an important US Supreme Court case Allen vs. Cooper (no. 18-877) decided on March 23, 2020. It struck down the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act (CRCA) which allowed copyright owners to sue States for copyright infringement (using another’s …

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USPTO extends filing deadlines

Apr
02
2020

USPTO Extends Certain Responsive Filing Deadlines to June 1, 2020blackboard with idea bubbleResponsive filings due between and inclusive of March 27 and May 31, 2020 are extended to June 1, 2020.

The new notices supersede the previously posted:

  • “Notice of Waiver of
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Intellectual Property Goals For 2020

Jan
07
2020

Do You Have 2020 IP Vision?

If you own a business, you use intellectual property (IP), whether it is your own or someone else’s. Your 2020 IP goals should include: 1) determine what IP you own and how/if you are …

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Data Privacy Issues For Emerging Businesses

Aug
02
2019

Start-ups and emerging businesses need a detailed privacy policy and data privacy plan in place from the outset.

computer screen shows data that can be compromised leading to data privacy issues for emerging businessesData Privacy Issues

Basics: Data privacy is the relationship between the collection and dissemination of data, along with the determination of what …

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False Advertising Issues For Emerging Businesses

Jul
09
2019

false advertising claims

False Advertising is the use of false, misleading, or unproven information to advertise products to consumers.

Basics: In the United States, the federal government regulates advertising through the FTC, and additionally permits private litigation through various statutes, most notably …

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