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Monthly Archives from August 2019

Following through with Corporate Social Responsibility

Following through with Corporate Social Responsibility Written by Guest Author, Summer Law Clerk Kendall Mabry 61% of consumers say they would switch to a brand that is more environmentally friendly than their current brand of choice.  70% are willing to spend more money on brands that support causes or are conscious about issues they care about.  And a whopping 81% feel that companies should try to improve the environment. This desire for corporate social responsibility […]

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Makaziwe Mandela Wins the Jacksonville University’s Global Citizen Award

Nelson Mandela told her, “Your ambition has to be better than that of your parents.” Today, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela is building on her father’s work of inclusion and equality. Her remarks when accepting the Jacksonville University’s Global Citizen Award were inspiring and from the heart. “We’ve got to celebrate diversity of cultures, of ethnic groups – America is a land of immigrants,” she reminded us. “Focus on the good; tell good stories. The more we […]

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Banana Costume Protectable by Copyright, Preliminary Injunction Upheld on A-Peel

Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Associate Logan McEwen On August 1, 2019, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Silvertop Associates Inc., dba Rasta Imposta v. Kangaroo Manufacturing Inc., 2019 WL 3484240.  At issue was whether the manufacturer of a banana costume was likely to prove copyright infringement by a competing banana costume manufacturer. The trial court entered a preliminary injunction, finding the plaintiff was likely to prove copyright infringement […]

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Court Rules Inaccuracies in a Copyright Application Invalidates the Registration

When it comes to the law, details matter. You need to ensure the accuracy of all information you provide when registering a trademark or filing for copyright. Otherwise, you could find the legal protection of your mark or creative work invalidated due to a technicality. That is what happened to Gold Value International Textile, Inc.’s copyright registration. Here are the facts of this case. Was “1461 Design” Published or Unpublished at the Time of Application? […]

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Marks Gray Supports Communities in Schools Organization

Marks Gray is proud to support Communities in Schools with needed supplies for students.  This non-profit organization serves thousands of struggling students in our community by providing school supplies and positive adult role models to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life.

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Four IP Tips For Expanding Your Business Globally

Are you ready to take your business to international markets?  This is exciting, but it can also feel daunting. Introducing your business to markets in other countries opens the door for many potential problems — including intellectual property theft. Trademark and copyright registrations can protect your business trademarks and original works, but only if you maintain them properly and are willing to actively enforce your intellectual property rights. Use these tips to expand your business […]

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