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Trademark Registration Can Be Tricky

You don’t know what you don’t know; and it can be costly. Recently, I got a call from Bob Smith. Bob’s a doctor and a budding entrepreneur. He was upset. He said one of the big box stores had stolen his trademark. He explained that he had developed a hand sanitizer that was easier on […]

THE TM now owned by The University of Ohio
“THE” Trademark is Now Owned by Ohio State

Ohio State University recently registered the word “THE” as its trademark.  Ohio State has registered the word “the” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Everyone I have talked to about this has the same reaction. Can you register a common word? Of course, you can, the best example is Apple for computers. A […]

Copyright Ransomware
Copyright Infringement Notices Unleash Ransomware

Don’t fall victim to this scheme by opening e-mail attachments! Ransomware is being distributed through copyright infringement notices. An e-mail accuses you of infringing copyrights and threatens litigation unless you immediately respond. The proof of your bad act is in the attachment. Obviously, alarmed recipients open the attachment, and the virus infects their computer. Copyright […]

Fix Without Infringing
Can You Fix Without Infringing?

Depends how much needs fixing! You’ve purchased a product that is patented. It’s stopped working and needs to be fixed. Can you fix it without infringing the patent? That depends on how much fixing is needed.  The question is part of the doctrine of patent exhaustion which terminates all patent rights at the authorized sale […]