Intellectual Property Blog

Happy New Year Tips for Business Owners

Welcome to 2022! I thought we could start off the new year with a few tips for business owners to help prevent bigger problems in the future. Identify Intellectual Property Assets of Your Company – and Document in an Inventory Sheet Make a list of all intellectual property assets that are important to the success of your company. This includes all trademarks, patents, and copyrights.  Make sure you are keeping track of the maintenance deadlines […]

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Happy New Year Travel News: In-Person Visa Waivers & Southern African Travel Restrictions Lifted.

The Department of State (DOS) and the Biden Administration are bringing Happy New Year News for some travelers and visa applicants. New Waivers of In-Person Visa Interviews for Some Applicants The DOS has announced that Consular officers, through the end of 2022, will be able to use their discretionary power to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants with USCIS approved petitions.  This new discretionary power applies to H-1, H-3, […]

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Check out Edward Booth’s latest interview with Channel 4 News!

Check out aviation attorney Edward Booth’s latest interview with Channel 4 News on the NTSB investigating the cause of deadly small plane crash at Westside airport in Jacksonville, Florida.  https://www.news4jax.com/video/news/2021/12/27/ntsb-investigating-cause-of-deadly-small-plane-crash-at-westside-airport/

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An Update: the CASE Act

In January of 2021, I wrote about the passage of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE Act). This act created a separate system through which small copyright infringement claims could be processed more efficiently.   The Original Plan The goal of the CASE Act is to make copyright protection more accessible for working artists, photographers, authors, and creators who often don’t have the funds for copyright infringement lawsuits through the U.S. […]

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The Real Slim Shady® Trademark

Whether you are a fan or not, chances are good that you probably imagine the face of Marshall Mathers (AKA Eminem) when you hear the name “Slim Shady”®, thanks to his popular music success. Even if you have never heard his music, controversy over his incendiary lyrics has risen to the level of national political news. Given these factors, if you stumbled across a website called “Slim Shady Politics,” would you think you were reading […]

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Fighting Over the Fearless Girl

When an artist creates a piece of work on commission, who owns the intellectual property rights of that piece? If the piece becomes a public work of art, does that change anything about the ownership? What if it goes viral? The answer to all these questions… It depends on the contract. The Creation of the Fearless Girl This is exactly what’s in dispute surrounding the Fearless Girl statue, who has held her stance outside the […]

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