Pop-up Bar Sued for Violating SpongeBob SquarePants’ Trademarks, Intellectual Property

Any restaurant, bar owner has to understand some business basics to function and thrive. Among the basic knowledge add an elementary understanding of intellectual property and trademarks. First of all, do not infringe on other’s intellectual creations. Intellectual property and trademark infringement can lead to costly lawsuits that small businesses may not be able to fight. Ultimately, it can destroy the restaurant or bar. Infringing Viacom’s Intellectual Property Here is a recent example. A downtown…

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Some Marijuana Companies Violating Candy Trademarks

Now that marijuana has been approved for recreational purposes in states such as Arizona, edible cannabis companies are creating products and trying to be creative. However, some are copying established candy brands’ look and feel. This is not cute, funny, or creative, but those companies are in fact violating long-standing trademarks. They can be sued. Big time. We explain. Brands, Trademarks and Packaging Some marijuana companies are packing edibles in wrappers that resemble candies such…

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What to Know Now: Trademarks 101

Independently of the size of their business, owners must pay attention to the trademark basics. Many business owners dedicate efforts and money to branding, but without the trademark protection, others can steal the brand. Without careful research, your branding may be infringing on other’s property. Here are the Trademark Basics. Trademarks are identifiers of your company, product, or service. These identifiers can be a logo, a name, or a slogan. For example, when you buy…

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How Walter Mercado Almost Lost His Trademarks and IP Forever

Like so many others in this pandemic time, I’m seeking stories on Netflix. Last week I found “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” For those who do not know, Walter Mercado was iconic. He was a popular, flamboyant astrologer who entertained homemakers and grandmas on Hispanic TV. Since his show was broadcasted through UNIVISION, he was able to reach millions of Spanish speakers every day. His show was watched in the USA, Latin…

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