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New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

Author: Crystal Broughan, Intellectual Property Attorney

SBRN Event – The Entrepreneur’s Entourage: A Business Success Forum

The Small Business Resource Network will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by hosting a forum of successful business owners who will share stories of how other local businesses helped them to succeed. Attendees will receive lunch as well as a copy of SBRN’s book Business Tips: Build Your Entourage. Thursday, October 26th 10:45 am – 2:00 pm $40 per person UNF Herbert University Center     12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville 32224 To register: 904-620-2489 www.sbdc.unf.edu Download the Event […]

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Broughan Reappointed to the INTA’s Law Firm Committee

Marks Gray attorney Crystal Broughan was reappointed to the International Trademark Association’s Law Firm Committee for another two-year term. The Law Firm Committee develops benefits, services, and programs designed for law firms, such as pre-annual meeting receptions, legal services delivery podcasts, webcasts and session development, professional development, and technology for law firm practitioners. Committee members work on content development, identification of speakers and moderators, support with course materials development and review, and program implementation. Crystal […]

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Beyoncé Files Trademarks for Newborn Twins’ Names

In June of 2017, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s holding company, BGK Trademark Holdings, filed trademark applications with the USPTO for the names of her newborn twins – Rumi Carter and Sir Carter – in 15 classes of products, including fragrances, cosmetics, key rings, baby teething rings, buggies, mugs, water bottles, hair ribbons, playing cards, bags, sports balls, rattles, and novelty items. If you are familiar with the pop superstar, you may wonder, “What about Blue Ivy?” Well, […]

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Do You Need a License to Show That Movie?

A homeowner’s association has a pool movie night. A dentist plays movies in their waiting room. A church shows a film in their community room. In each of these situations, material protected by copyright law is shown in a public setting. If the organization did not obtain a license prior to the showing, it could be subject to penalties for copyright infringement. This is because U.S. copyright law protects original works of authorship fixed in […]

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When Not to Register a Trademark

Trademarks are a fantastic way to secure your brand. But how do you know if you really need to invest the time and expense in registering a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)? There are at least four reasons a trademark registration may not be necessary. Use is limited. Is your product use limited to a certain location? Is the trademark needed only for a brief period? If you can answer […]

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Trademark Co-Existence Agreements in an Internet World

Have you ever noticed on the internet two businesses functioning under the same or similar trademarks? This is not an uncommon occurrence, but if each business is producing different products or services, there is usually no problem. If the businesses are selling similar products and services in different geographical areas, there may not be a problem. The trademarks are still able to maintain their main function: to distinguish a company’s goods or services from its […]

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