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  • Trademark Maintenance: How Do I Maintain a Registration?

    A Trademark is a Living Asset. If you have a registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), you have taken a very important step in protecting your businesses’ brand. However, what happens after you receive that registration? Do you own your trademark forever? Not exactly. Once you have obtained a federal trademark registration, you must take certain steps to maintain the registration or you risk having it canceled by the USPTO.

  • Remedies for Cybersquatting

    Have you ever noticed that when a person or business name becomes popular or well-known, there’s often an unrelated third party prepared to park or register website domains in the name of that person or business? In many such cases, the third party’s objective involves making an easy profit by holding the domains “hostage” until the rightful owner of the name or mark is willing to pay a premium for the domains. This is called cybersquatting and it is illegal.

  • Trademark Protection

    Most company’s trademarks are extremely valuable assets and represent a significant percentage of the company’s worth. Brand recognition creates customer goodwill and promotes customer satisfaction, which leads to increased sales. Because of this, it is critical to maintain protection of these intangible assets.

  • Legal Concerns When Registering Domain Names

    As the world becomes increasingly connected to the Internet, concerns from the real world are spilling over into the Web. For example, what are the legal concerns when registering a domain name? Can one violate a trademark or copyright with a domain name? If so, what kinds of remedies and protections exist?

  • What makes a Lawyer Websites Effective?

    If you have an existing website, or strategy to establish one in the near future, it's important to comprehend the characteristics that can make or break the efficiency of your online financial investment. An unappealing or badly constructed site will do more to hurt your business than to help it. In this article, we look at the basic elements associated with making a website effective.

  • Fair Use in Trademarks

    Unlike copyrights, the defense of fair use in trademark law is relatively new and not as developed.

  • Towersquatting - and Contributory Cybersquatting

    The cybersquatter is a parasite that benefits from an internet user’s confusion who thinks that they are accessing a popular website, when they really get something else. The US banned cybersquatting in 1999's Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) and is codified at 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d).

  • Why License Video Games?

    Generally speaking, the underlying code of a video game is protected as a literary work, and the artwork and sound are protected as an audiovisual work. While the work (video game) does not have to be registered to be covered by copyright law, there are advantages to registration.

  • Apple Patent Success Not Spreading Overseas

    Apple Inc.’s recent blockbuster $1.05 billion verdict in its patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. may not translate into victories overseas. Apple and Samsung have patent litigation currently pending on four continents, and each company has been able to claim some measure of success in recent weeks.

  • MySpace Stops Apple from Trade marking Music Logo

    As MySpace seeks to regain its relevance in the ever-changing world of social media, it may be able to rely on the momentum of a recent intellectual property victory over Apple. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently denied Apple’s bid to trademark its famous music icon after determining it was too similar to a mark already registered by MySpace. Both marks depict a double musical note in an orange rectangle.

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