Intellectual Property Blog

Tips for Business Owners: What to Do After Discovering Infringement of Your IP Assets– Part 2: Consultation

You have evaluated someone’s use of your trademark or copyright-protected work and believe it constitutes infringement. It is now time to consult with your intellectual property lawyer. Preparing ahead of time will make your initial contact with legal counsel more efficient. The questions you have already answered for yourself are usually the ones an intellectual property lawyer will ask, so you should bring all evidence of the infringement you have found to your meeting. For […]

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5 New Year Tips for Business Owners

Happy New Year! As we start off 2019, here are a few tips for business owners that can help prevent bigger problems down the road. Read and make sure you understand all contracts you sign. I am always amazed at the number of business owners who come to me for assistance after they have signed an agreement. They are usually upset that the other party is not performing the way the business owner thought the […]

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The Marks Gray Intellectual Property Newsletter for December

Welcome! As usual, I attained invaluable knowledge at the annual International Trademark Association (INTA) Leadership Meeting. I share a lesson from one particularly moving speaker that I hope you will enjoy in the December newsletter. You will also find practical information for handling your business’s copyrights and avoiding potential lawsuits related to street art. On behalf of the entire Intellectual Property team at Marks Gray, I would like to wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy […]

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Six Lessons for Business Owners from Improvisational Jazz Music

The International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting was held in New Orleans this year. One of the programs offered was a group of jazz musicians who demonstrated how the elements of jazz improvisation apply to leading a business. The musicians played bass, keyboards, drums, and trumpet. They provided wonderful entertainment and the following business lessons. Strong Leadership Whether in a jazz band or a successful business, members need to respect the leadership, and leadership needs to […]

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The Three Hs of an Influencer

I met an impressive speaker during the International Trademark Associations Leadership Meeting in November who provided a thoughtful message to the audience. Gustavo Giay is an attorney from Argentina at the law firm of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal and a former member of the INTA Board of Directors. Mr. Giay shared with the audience the three Hs – Head, Heart, and Hands – and how they can be used to make a difference in this […]

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