Twitter Threatens Threads with Trade Secret Litigation

The Risk in Hiring a Competitor’s Employees On July 5, Elon Musk’s Twitter sent a Cease and Desist Letter to Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Platforms demanding that Threads stop using Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information. (First reported by Semafor on July 6, 2023.) Twitter’s stated concern results from Thread’s hiring dozens of Twitter […]

ChatGPT Can be an Evil Genie

Lawyers sanctioned for using ChatGPT by Bill Honaker, The IP Guy ChatGPT is like the evil Genie; you’re granted your wish, then deeply regret asking. For example, you wish to live forever… but don’t include staying young. The recent case involving New York lawyers using ChatGPT to write their brief is one of those real […]

Taco Bell
Taco Bell’s Taco Tuesday Fight

By Bill Honaker, The IP Guy Taco Bell is trying to cancel the trademark registration for the phrase, “Taco Tuesday.” A competitor, Taco John’s, registered “Taco Tuesday” as a trademark with the United States Trademark Office on December 19, 1989.  Cision PR reported that Taco Bell’s Chief Marketing Officer, Taylor Montgomery stated: “Our passion for […]

The Value of Patents
The Value of Patents: Protecting Your Business and Investments

By Bill Honaker, The IP Guy Introduction: In a recent conversation with John, a business owner, he expressed his belief that patents are worthless, bring no value, often leading to expensive litigation. However, his concern over a competitor’s patented product contradicted his perspective. He wanted advice on how to make the patented product and not […]

Wind turbines
The Unusual GE Wind Turbine Injunction

by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy The Siemens Gamesa v. GE patent case has been widely discussed in the wind industry and has raised important questions about patent law and Intellectual Property rights. Last year, a jury found that GE’s Haliade-X wind turbine infringed Siemens’ patent. The patent protects a structural support […]

Taylor Swift Teaches Copyright Law

You can learn a lot from her! by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, The IP Guy Taylor Swift is red hot, and in the news with her new songs and tour. A couple of years ago she was in the news because her songs were sold without her consent. You may not even remember her […]

Patent Rights to Create New Revenue
Deploying Your Patent Rights to Create New Revenue

by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy You may think of patents as a cost you pay to protect your technology and/or service, and that would be true, but patents also can—and some- times should—do more than that. They can be revenue generators, which is why companies should consider whether patent licensing makes […]