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Many fans enjoy creating original artwork based on their favorite books, TV shows, movies, and musicals. This might include drawings, t-shirt designs, posters, jewelry, and other items featuring popular characters, figures, costumes, or scenery whose copyright is owned by someone else. While fans may think that their creations are wholly original and do not constitute...
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What are “Brand Bullies”? On top of today’s extremely competitive market, small businesses may be also dealing with a “brand bully.” Also known as a trademark bully, a brand bully is a company that resorts to litigation and uses its trademark rights to harass and intimidate another business without a sound legal basis. These companies...
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SCOTUS Ruling In USPTO v. Booking.com Opens The Door For Generic Domain Owners To Register Their Trademark The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has believed that “generic.com” domain names were almost always generic and therefore not registrable under trademark law. However, the Supreme Court’s nearly unanimous decision in USPTO v. Booking.com (2020) 591 U.S....
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Renewing Your Trademark
Renewing Your Trademark-Excusable Non-Use Renewing Your Trademark – Even after you have successfully registered a mark with the US Patent and Trademark Office, you are not done in ensuring your mark stays registered and protected. Your trademark application must be renewed 5-6 years after your first registration in order to maintain that registration. You must...
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Trade Dress Rights - Beyond Words & Logos
Trade Dress Rights – Beyond Words & Logos Trade Dress Rights – Trade dress is a form of intellectual property. Trade dress is the visual element or aesthetics of a product or its packaging. Trade dress can be the visual appearance of a product or packaging that signify the entity behind the product to consumers....
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