In a move that shows the increased importance of intellectual property as an asset for companies and governments,  the US Congress is trying to make significant changes to how the Copyright Office is managed, seeking to exercise more control on the agency.  Last year, on March 23rd, 2017, the House of representatives introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, led by Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia and John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan. This
Many business owners and contractors find themselves stuck with a client that will not pay their bill in a timely manner or even worse, refuses to pay. Unfortunately, there are bad characters out there who take advantage of the investment and other’s work. Is very sad to say, but Trump, the current president of the United States, has been accused in at least 60 lawsuits of not paying invoices for services small business provided his
Many business owners feel accomplished when they form a corporation in their state or states where they do business, and rightfully so. Opening a business is the ultimate American dream. Some have a sense of safety that their business name won’t be stolen with the state filing and question the need to file a trademark at the federal level, believing their business name is protected from others using it. If you feel protected, let me
Stan Lee died yesterday, November 12th, 2018, and the super-heroes are mourning. He was a pop culture revolutionary, a writer, an editor, and publisher of superheroes’ stories that where human, complete with self-doubts and fragility who, nonetheless, overcame their flaws to triumph against villains. He was a prolific producer of wealth, but not for himself. Films based on his characters have produced approximately 24 billions of dollars worldwide, according to an estimate by The Numbers,
There is a world where all your little heart’s desires can come true: You live in a beautiful custom-designed mansion with a sparkling swimming pool where you gather your beautiful, model-like friends while you sashay a firm, bikini-clad body, martini in hand. It is called Second Life. Second Life is a virtual word launched in 2003 which has approximately a million regular users. Users create avatars of themselves to interact with places, objects, and other
Even though President Trump and his family are avid traders of trademarks and manage their last name as a brand in multiple industries, he does not seem to respect others’ intellectual property as he should. Once again, a musician has sent through his lawyers a cease and desist letter to the White House for the use of music in Trump’s political rallies without permission. We already wrote about other complaints to the White House in