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Trademarks

Trademarks identify goods or services coming from a single source and can include business or product names, logos or slogans. Some examples of trademarks are the name Nike, the Coca-Cola bottle shape and the sound of the light saber from “Star Wars.” In the United States, common law trademark protection is limited to the geographic area […]

Friday the 13th Copyright
An IP Horror Story – Friday the 13th

A 40-year-old horror story comes to life by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy   Who’d believe that IP Law would have its own scary story? And just before Halloween! Victor Miller wrote the story for the horror movie Friday the 13th. The movie was a landmark success and resulted in numerous sequels. […]

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Copyright Infringement of Internet Images

Originally Posted June 9, 2021 Updated October 20, 2022   Are you using images on your website that you clipped from the Internet? Do you know for sure? Did you leave these decisions to your webmaster? Are you certain you have the rights to use these images? You might get a terrible shock. Copyright infringement […]

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Russian Doll Copyright as a Defense

The Curious Case of Russian Doll Copyright as a Defense The recent case of Carlos Vila v. Deadly Doll is an amazing example of Russian Doll Copyright Infringement that involves a fictitious Deadly Doll and an actual Russian “doll”, Irina Shayk, a Russian model. It also involves the use of Russian Doll Copyright infringement as […]

Copyright Trap
Business Owners Beware: Catch Your Copyrights!

Originally Posted July 7, 2021 Updated October 6, 2022   Copyrights are everywhere in business: articles, blogs, brochures, catalogues, images, websites, software, manuals, marketing materials, and more. They last for the life of the author plus 70 years, and for businesses, 95 years from the date of publication, or 120 years from creation, whichever comes […]

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Business Owners Beware: Trademark Traps

Originally Posted June 28, 2021 Updated September 29, 2022 IP rights have never been more valuable. A well-managed IP portfolio can be worth one third or more of the total value of your business. Unfortunately, most businesses treat IP as an afterthought. Even if you don’t, you can still lose valuable rights by falling into […]

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The High Cost of Ignoring IP

Intellectual property has never been more important. Its value has never been greater and the consequences of infringing another’s intellectual property more dire. And yet, most businesses treat intellectual property as an afterthought, only thinking about it when there is an immediate problem. Someone invents a new product and someone might think about getting patent […]

Winning a fight
Nestle Ordered to Stop Using Incredible Trademark

Posted June 8, 2020 Updated September 8, 2022 Impossible Food wins Impossible trademark battle! The District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands ruled that Nestlé’s use of Incredible infringes upon the Impossible Foods trademark Impossible. The court said Nestlé was trying to deliberately confuse consumers.           Consumers would be confused […]