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Simon Tam’s Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Intellectual Property Litigation seminar in Denver, Colorado. Simon Tam was one of the featured speakers and he spoke about his journey to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Tam v Matal. (See blog article Disparaging Words and ‘The Slants’ on March 8, 2018) Simon Tam and his legal teams were the persistent force that led to the U.S. Supreme Court issuing […]

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Can I Copy and Distribute an Article I Was Featured In?

If you or your company have been featured in an article, you probably want to share it with the world. That’s understandable. But you must be careful how you do it. You do not automatically have the right to make copies and distribute an article just because you were featured or quoted in it. That is true even if the entire article is about you. You still need to get permission from the author or […]

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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated today! The event was established to highlight how intellectual property rights encourage and support creativity and innovation. This year, the theme is “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity,” celebrating the contributions of women around the world who are driving change and shaping the future. So, it feels appropriate that Marks Gray IP lawyer Crystal Broughan just had dinner with the talented women on the IP Litigation Committee at the […]

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USPTO’s New Program to Combat Trademark Application Fraud

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a pilot program allowing users to protest trademark applications filed with improper specimens that are digitally created, altered, or fabricated. This program was implemented to combat the growing problem with illegitimate filings, particularly those from China. Many of these fraudulent applicants are not actually using their marks in the United States. Instead they doctor specimens to reserve the rights to the mark, often by adding text […]

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Trademark Searches: A Cost Saving Measure Often Ignored – Part 2

When companies set out to establish a new brand for their company, they often skip one important step: the trademark search. This may save a little money in the short-term… only to cause much larger expenses and problems in the long-term. In my previous blog post, I discussed why trademark searches are so important. Here I’ll talk about how to budget for your search. Budget Considerations and Types of Searches When creating a new brand, […]

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Trademark Searches: A Cost Saving Measure Often Ignored – Part 1

Businesses often overlook a simple but critical step in establishing a new brand for a company, product, or service: a trademark search. The first step in a trademark strategy for the adoption and protection of a new word or design mark should be the search process. Often, clients do not budget for a trademark search or ask for a scaled-down search process to save money. In today’s business environment, the value of establishing a strong […]

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