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  • trademark cases

    Some of the trademark cases filed over the years have been successful. Some have not. And some are just plain bizarre. Here are a few of the most outrageous ones we’ve seen … The Rock Band KISS Tried to Trademark … What, Exactly? Last month, Gene Simmons of the seminal group KISS tried to trademark […]

  • copyright recipes

    It’s so easy to get a recipe online these days, isn’t it? Whether you’re looking for a new way to make guacamole or double-checking the grilling instructions for those pork steaks, all you have to do is check YouTube or Google. Well, it turns out that even cooking show giants like the Food Network do […]

  • civil litigation

    If you’ve watched Judge Judy, you may have a Hollywood-tinted vision of what civil litigation is. But there’s a lot more to the story than what you see on TV. Conflict with other human beings – a dispute with a neighbor, for instance, or money lost to an unscrupulous business – is, perhaps, inevitable, but […]

  • three-options-for-commercializing-your-idea_selling-a-patent-licensing-a-patent-and-transferring-technology

    Inventors with a patented idea have options when it comes to taking important next steps toward commercialization. There are major differences between selling a patent, licensing a patent, and transferring technology. If you have questions about shopping your idea or working with another party to capture profits from your invention, it can help to rely […]

  • How to Fight Patent Trolls (and win)

    Patents serve many great purposes for entrepreneurs and businesses all around the world; they empower inventors to create new products and technologies for the public to use and provide feedback on for future iterations. They also protect ideas from being stolen and replicated by other companies who wish to profit from someone else’s designs. Unfortunately, […]

  • image of a man holding a brain

    Intellectual property fuels innovation. There’s no doubt about it! Everything from the invention of the wheel, harnessing electricity and even the creation of the first automobile — all of these small achievements have gradually built upon one another in monumental ways that push modern society forward. In a phrase: Ideas are important! Not only that, but […]

  • image of Sir Paul McCartney

    When it comes to copyrighted content, it only seems logical that the person who created this artistic property should be the one who owns said property. However, due to various business tactics and the ways they coincide with the law, this is not always the case. In fact, sometimes content creators have no ownership of their work […]

  • Photo from It's A Wonderful Life

    It’s the holiday season, which for many means it is time for their annual viewing of It’s A Wonderful Life. The ionic story was once a mainstay of the holiday season, re-running on television, ad nauseum, from the end of November until the start of the new year. Many would argue that it was the […]

  • image of a woman holding a smartphone

    The trademark system has long served as a pinnacle component of our nation’s growth and development. In fact, the first trademark was issued to the Averill Chemical Paint company under the United States Trademark Act of 1870. Since then, private inventors and corporations alike have made it a point to claim ownership of their intellectual […]

  • The Slants take on SCOTUS, image of the band the slants

    Late last week the Supreme Court of the Unites States, or SCOTUS, granted certiorari in nine cases. For non-legal nerds, this means that the highest court in the nation has decided to review the decisions of the lowers courts in nine specific cases. Over the next few months SCOTUS will review the merits and rule on […]

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