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- Patent FAQ: When Should You File a Design Patent?
In general, a “design patent” protects the way an article looks, as opposed to a “utility patent” that protects the way an article is used and works. In some cases, an invention possesses both functional and ornamental characteristics, and both design and utility patents may be obtained.
- Copyright Office Proposes New Protection for Pre-1772 Recordings
The U.S. Copyright Office recently recommended that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 be brought under federal copyright law. Under the current copyright regime, recordings made before that date are protected under state law.
- Trademark FAQ: Is Your Product Eligible for a Trademark?
Owning a Federal trademark registration provides several advantages, including the ability to file a trademark lawsuit to protect the mark. In order to obtain that protection, applicants must be able to show current use of the mark in commerce, or their intent to use their mark in commerce in the future.
- NFL Player Loses Race to Trademark Office
While Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs may be good at defending the quarterback, he has a lot to learn about protecting his intellectual property. Suggs recently lost a race to the federal trademark office, after trying to cash in on a stunt he pulled before the team’s recent playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Muhammad Ali Hoping for a Knockout in Trademark Infringement Case
Muhammad Ali has entered the legal ring, accusing digital bookseller Kobo Inc. of using the former heavyweight champion’s “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” slogan in an advertisement without permission. The trademark lawsuit seeks injunctive relief against Kobo, requests that it recall and destroy all allegedly infringing advertisements, and seeks attorneys' fees and damages.
- Is it Illegal to Buy Counterfeit or Knockoff Designer Goods?
Every year, millions of Americans visit the little bodegas and shops, often located in ethnic ghettos of large cities, to purchase counterfeit or knockoff designer goods. Others buy these items online, at flea markets, or dozens of other locations. Wherever one goes, there is some question as to the legality of such transactions. After all, one is knowingly buying a product that is a copy of a trademarked and copyrighted work. Is this legal?
- Trademark FAQ: Why Is a Trademark Search Necessary?
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office conducts a search for conflicting trademarks as part of the official examination of an application. Therefore, a pre-application search is always a good idea.
- 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.
- Christian Louboutin Wins Partial Red Shoe Trademark Victory
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the distinctive red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are entitled to trademark protection. However, it limited the mark in such a way that the defendant did not infringe.
- The Dangers of Knock-Off Products
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to stealing someone's product design it may be the basis for both civil and criminal liability.