Trademark Registrations Confront a Freedom of Expression Challenge at the Supreme Court

Most intellectual property news do not surface to the mainstream media and stay in the realm of niche business and IP news. But periodically, an IP story captures the media’s attention. This is the case of FUCT, a clothing line which is fighting a trademark registration rejection all the way to the Supreme Court. On Monday, April the 15th, 2019, the clothing line accused the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of acting unconstitutionally when denying…

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Primer: Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents

Around 500 BCE the government in Sybaris, the ancient city of Magna Graecia, started granting a one-year patent to any citizen for any “new refinement in luxury.” The Greeks, contributors of so many advances in the arts, philosophy, science, and government were the first who thought about and implemented protection for creators, unsuspected initiators of the intellectual property field. This seemed appropriate for the city which was recognized by its refinement and hedonism, to the…

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Some Law Firms Cashing on Possible Copyright Infringement by Bloggers

First things first. We always encourage everyone to be respectful and mindful of others’ intellectual property, which in this electronic media age can be tricky. Nowadays, people can easily step into copyright infringement territory, if they are not careful. Recently, it came to our attention the case of blogger being accused by certain law firms of copyright infringement. Some good intentioned bloggers may be tempted to download and post pictures that circulate in the internet…

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Internet Giants Oppose Copyright Law Advancing in EU

A bill, expected to be formally approved mid-March by the European Union (EU), is causing concern with big internet platforms because it makes companies liable for copyright violations. The bill is called Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive and could make services such as YouTube, Facebook and Google responsible if their users upload copyright-protected movies,  music, etc. Additionally, Article 13 will allow news publishers to negotiate licenses with aggregators such Alphabet Inc. The regulation,…

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4 Things to Do After Your Trademark is Registered

Hooray! You successfully register a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and wonder if this particular job is complete. Filing seemed a lengthy and involved process and it is logical to want to take good care of this important landmark for your business, so you can reap all the benefits. Registering a trademark is just the beginning. These are four things you should do as soon as you get your certificate of registration…

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