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Author: Crystal Broughan, Intellectual Property Attorney

How Do I Handle Every Day Copyright Issues?

Ooops…I made a Mistake! What do I do now?  Copyright issues permeate every aspect of our lives in the electronic age. Clients regularly contact me regarding images they obtained from a third party website and used on their own website or in a presentation. Usually, the client has obtained a cease and desist letter from a stock photography company instructing the client to cease using the image(s) and to pay the stock photography company a […]

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Intellectual Property Frequently Asked Questions – Volume 3: Trade Secrets

FAQ Series Continues… Intellectual Property Law can be a very confusing topic of conversation with clients, businesses, and friends. Today we are covering our third topic in our recurring Frequently Asked Questions series. Trade Secrets. What is a trade secret? The term “trade secret” means all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information, including patterns, plans, compilations, program devices, formulas, designs, prototypes, methods, techniques, processes, procedures, programs, or codes, whether tangible […]

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Intellectual Property Frequently Asked Questions: Volume 2 – Copyrights

Our FAQ Series Continues… Intellectual Property Law can be a very confusing topic of conversation with clients, businesses, and friends. Today we are covering our second topic in our recurring Frequently Asked Questions series. Copyrights. What is a copyright? A copyright is a form of statutory protection provided to original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression” including literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pictorial, graphic and sculptural, motion picture and audio visual, sound recordings […]

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Intellectual Property Frequently Asked Questions: Volume 1 – Trademarks

Intellectual Property Law can be a very confusing topic of conversation with clients, businesses, and friends. Today we are covering our first topic in our recurring Frequently Asked Questions series. Our first topic will cover Trademarks. What is a trademark? Trademarks can be any word, slogan, symbol, design or any combination of these. Some non-traditional trademarks can be a sound, color or smell. A trademark is a brand associated with goods or services to distinguish […]

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So You Want a Trademark for Your Herbs?

A major shift is happening in this country regarding the legalization of marijuana. At least four states have legalized marijuana and more than twenty states have passed laws permitting the use of marijuana for medical issues. As entrepreneurs open up their new businesses selling marijuana and accessories they want to brand their businesses and products. These entrepreneurs are encountering obstacles under federal law when they file trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark […]

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How to Prevent an IP Nightmare

Originally Published on the Marks Gray Blog In the arena of buying and selling businesses, the tangible elements involved are often the first items that come to mind. Most brokers, agents, and business owners always remember the basics such as financial statements, deeds, and contracts. However, there are key elements of businesses and business structures that are often never taken into consideration during the selling process, specifically Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property is often overlooked by […]

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