Intellectual Property

File a High-Quality Provisional Patent

Feb 19 2024
robot invention

Understanding Provisional vs. Non-Provisional Patent Applications  Navigating the patent application process can be complex, particularly when distinguishing between provisional and non-provisional patent applications. Provisional patents, often seen as the first step in securing a patent, are informal and do not …

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Navigating the New USPTO Trademark Search System

Jan 15 2024

On November 30, 2023, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made a significant transition away from its legacy system, the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). After two decades, the Bibliographic Retrieval System underpinning TESS was deemed obsolete. The announcement, …

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The Comprehensive Guide to Brand Development and Protection

Sep 06 2023
brand development for startup businesses

The Comprehensive Guide to Brand Development and Protection  What is a Brand? In the world of business, a “brand” is far more than just a name or a logo. It’s a complex identity that encompasses a company’s personality, values, and …

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Patent Protection vs. Trade Secret Protection

May 11 2023
Man and woman in meeting reviewing document

Patent Protection vs. Trade Secret Protection. Prepared by Patent Attorney Kathleen Kuznicki. Patents and trade secrets both protect their owners, but they do so in different ways. While at first glance they seem similar, everything from the process of obtaining …

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Photographers’ Rights or Transformative Art?

Sep 27 2022
A selection of British newspapers featuring the musician Prince

Update as of May 26, 2023 Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 in favor of Lynn Goldsmith, the original photographer who provided the photographs that Andy Warhol would later adapt into his 1984 Prince Series for …

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Can I Trademark This?

Aug 11 2022
TRADEMARK Concept. Chart with keywords and icons. White office desk

As a business and intellectual property attorney, one of the most common questions I get is “Can I trademark this?” And they are referring to their business name or to a design they intend to use as a logo. The …

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Flag on the Play: Penalties for Unlicensed Trademark Use

Jan 25 2022
NFL logo on field is trademark protected intellectual property

Many businesses use references to current events in their advertising, promotions, and social media to keep advertisements timely and better connect with audiences. One such upcoming opportunity is Team USA’s participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Another, which businesses take …

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Intellectual Property Issues and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

Aug 09 2021
multicolored programming code on black screen

What are NFTs? NFTs are digital cryptographic assets that represent real-world objects like art, music, in-game items, and videos. They are bought and sold online and uniquely encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptos. The unique code certifies …

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Patent Protections: Wright or Wrong?

May 20 2021
Wright Brothers postage stamp

Were the famous brothers patent trolls? Or just entrepreneurs trying to be compensated for their hard work and ingenuity? The 115th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first issued patent, U.S. 821,393 entitled “Flying Machine” is upon us. Orville and Wilbur …

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

Mar 10 2021
women on stationary bikes in spin class

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 Dogg Athletics, Inc.?   Likely not. However, Mad Dogg owns several US trademark registrations, including Registration No. …

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