Intellectual Property Blog

Yearly Archives from 2019

Napolean, the Opera, and How Copyright Encourages Creativity

For decades, the argument has been made that artists find inspiration from works in the public domain. Over the last several decades, though, corporations with big money involved in maintaining the copyright registrations to their intellectual property assets have fought hard to have the period of protection – and their rights – extended, keeping many beloved works from entering the public domain.  With each new extension of copyright registrations, there is an outcry against this […]

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Video: What Is Form I-983?

Giselle explains what Form I-983 is and provides insights to facilitate its completion and compliance.

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What You Can and Cannot Register as a Trademark

Your business, your ideas, and your art are important to you. You have spent years dreaming up these ideas. And sharing them with the world increases the risk that someone could copy what you have created. One powerful way to protect your work is filing for trademark registration. But you cannot register a trademark for just anything.  Learn the rules of what is and is not possible to register as a trademark before you file […]

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Your Immigration Team Recharging

Giselle top left, Thyra top right, Ellen bottom left, and Gabbie bottom right. 

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A Tale of Tasty Tacos Shows the Importance of a Strong Trademark

Tasty tacos. It is a meal people enjoy eating… and now it’s making trademark history.  This story is an excellent lesson in why a business should choose a strong trademark and not a merely descriptive trademark. In 1961, Richard and Antonia Mosqueda opened Tasty Tacos, Inc., a Mexican restaurant that became known for high-quality Mexican food in Des Moines, Iowa. They registered the trademark, TASTY TACOS, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) […]

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Turning Courtroom Discontent Into Raw Social Media Hostility in the Digital Public Square Gets Florida Attorney Nowhere

Since February 27, Florida lawyer Ashley Ann Krapacs has been suspended from practicing law in the state until further notice. She claims First Amendment protection.  The Florida Bar and Supreme Court of Florida point out that even the First Amendment has limits, and especially so when attorneys licensed by the state engage in threatening or demeaning speech. Unhappy with the results of a case, she reportedly launched an “attack of massive and continuous proportions” via […]

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