Intellectual Property Blog

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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Tips for Business Owners: What to Do After Discovering Infringement of Your IP – Part 1: Evaluation

Your business’s intellectual property is a valuable asset that is vital to protect. This means actively monitoring for its unauthorized use. If you discover possible infringement, you may wonder what you should do next. Although exact plans of action will vary slightly based on the particular circumstances, there are three consistent steps to the process: evaluation, consultation and, finally, taking legal action. Evaluation To determine if infringement occurred, you must first determine if your material […]

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Tips for Business Owners: The Fewer Resources You Have, The More You Need to Plan

For many start-ups and existing small businesses, funding and resources are tight, so they necessarily take great care when deciding where to invest their money. However, one place that many businesses unfortunately overlook is planning for and protecting their intellectual property (IP). The value of IP in the US has been estimated as being around $10-$15 trillion. And when assessing the value of IP for your company, it may mean the difference between big-time success […]

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Companies Should Take Note of This Street Artist Win

A Los Angeles federal judge recently rejected General Motors’ attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by a street artist whose parking garage mural was used in a 2016 Cadillac ad campaign without permission. That may seem like no big deal – after all, it’s not like the artist has won the case yet. However, it could open the floodgates for other street artists to sue for damages when their work is depicted without their permission. The […]

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