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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 […]

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Design Patents

Design Patents – Don’t forget about them, they can be very powerful! This week I discuss the difference between Design and Utility Patents and why they matter to you. Click here to watch the video. Have questions about trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, or other types of Intellectual Property? Let’s talk and assess your IP […]

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Inside the $356 Million Business of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee

I recently had the pleasure of being quoted in the Fast Company article, “Inside the $365 Million Business of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.“   The article discusses the impact of the lenient guidelines disseminated by the royal family regarding the designing of products around the Platinum Jubilee.   Have questions about patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, […]

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How Do I Trademark a Name?

Your trademark may be your most valuable asset and should be protected. The best way to protect your mark is to register it. You can register a mark with the United States Trademark Office, state trademark offices, and in other countries. The best approach depends upon your business and its future expansion. Trademarks in the […]

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Swing and a Miss – Cleveland Guardians in Jeopardy

Don’t make the same mistake when choosing your trademark The Cleveland Indians whiffed big time when they decided to change their name to the Guardians.  There was already a Cleveland Guardians team. The Cleveland Guardians roller derby team filed a lawsuit claiming trademark infringement. C’mon man! If the roller derby team did use Cleveland Guardians […]

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Can You Post Your Own Photo?

Depends on who took it. The person who pressed the button on the camera when they took the picture automatically owns the copyright on that picture. If it’s a selfie, you’re safe. If not, you’re infringing the photographer’s copyright. Many celebrities are learning this the hard way when they post pictures of themselves on social […]

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The Perks and Pitfalls of Creating Prolific AI Inventors

In my latest article for VentureBeat I discuss the debate on whether AI machines should be able to patent their inventions and policy consideration. Can AI Be The Inventor Of A Patent? U.S. Judge says “no,” while others consider it a “maybe.” Artificial intelligence (AI) has had a profound impact on our society in recent years, […]

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How Do I Trademark a Name?

Your trademark may be your most valuable asset and should be protected. The best way to protect your mark is to register it. You can register a mark with the United States Trademark Office, state trademark offices, and in other countries. The best approach depends upon your business and its future expansion. Trademarks in the […]

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Why Do I Need a Trademark?

It can be your most valuable asset Forbes reported in 2017 that Apple’s trademark was worth $170 billion, representing 21% of the company’s market value. With Apple hitting $1 trillion in market value, it’s now worth around $210 billion. Other top valued trademarks are Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and Coca-Cola. All having trademarks worth billions. […]

Copyright
What Is Copyright?

Copyright is a type of IP that gives owners the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work. Protection of copyrights attaches as soon as an idea is expressed in a form that can be reproduced under the Copyright Act. Copyrightable materials include literary or musical work, artwork and computer programs. Since copyright protection […]