Intellectual Property Blog

Therapist Aid: Helping Mental Health Professionals Improve Their Craft

Each month I have been featuring a small business in Jacksonville and how that business has transitioned during the pandemic in order to survive. This month, I am featuring Therapist Aid. It was created by Woody Schuldt, a licensed mental health counselor.  Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. The organization creates resources with clients in mind — which means avoiding jargon […]

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Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship: Intellectual Property 101

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, I had the opportunity to teach my Intellectual Property 101 class to the Jim Moran Institute Small Business Executive Program Class VII in Jacksonville, Florida.  The members of the class included owners of a restaurant, a law firm, a marketing consultant business, an IT managed service provider, a business planning advisor, an equipment company, and a fish aquarium store, to name just a few of the members of the class.  […]

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The Bold Business of Bold City

“Managing a business through a pandemic is not for sissies.” That is what Susan Miller with Bold City Brewery told me when I interviewed her for this article. Susan and her son, Brian Miller, started Bold City Brewery in 2008 during the recession. They survived that economic downturn and built a successful family business brewing beer and distributing it throughout Florida. Over time, they developed a strong brand and registered the trademarks for several of […]

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Did This Cat’s Purr Infringe on a Musician’s Copyright?

In 2015, the publisher of a purring cat video — Digihaven — got into a bit of a complicated situation with EMI Music and YouTube. Why? Because according to YouTube’s automated Content ID system, 12 seconds of Phantom the cat’s purring in the hour-long video infringed upon the copyright of a musical composition called “Focus.” Yes, you read that correctly. A cat was blamed for violating a music copyright. Because of how its purr happened […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Celebrates 150 Years

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Copyright Office! In 1870, all copyright functions were placed within the Library of Congress. Since that time, the U.S. Copyright Office has grown quite a bit in both size and function, and I thought a little history lesson might help in understanding how far we have come in the world of copyrights. Copyright History in the United States The authors of the U.S. Constitution included copyright protections in Article I, […]

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What You Need to Know about Getting Someone’s Trademark Canceled

Is it possible to cancel a U.S. trademark registration owned by someone else?   Yes. But there are rules and procedures that guide the process. Namely, you have to file a petition to cancel. Petitions to Cancel are filed with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), an administrative body responsible for hearing and deciding different types of trademark disputes.   Why would anyone want to cancel a trademark registration owned by another entity or individual? […]

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