Intellectual Property Blog

How a Design Patent Infringement Case Works

Welcome to part two of our two-part series on design patents. In the first part, we covered what a design patent is, what they protect, the increase in design patents over the past several decades, and a few specifics regarding how they work. Below, we are going to focus on design patent infringement, including how the standard has evolved over time and how the courts generally construct design patent claims. The Law on Design Patent […]

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Understanding the Basics of Design Patents

Design patents can be a useful and valuable tool when seeking to protect a new and original ornamental design. This is part one of a two-part series that will delve into the basics to help you in understanding design patents. In this first part, we will focus on what a design patent is, what role they play in the overall universe of patents in the US, and how the patents work in terms of length […]

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Checklist: What to Do When You Receive a Cease-and-Desist Letter

You just received a cease-and-desist letter from a law firm in New York accusing you of trademark and copyright infringement. Your anxiety spikes. What do you do?  Consult this checklist of nine steps you should take to protect your business and personal assets: In spite of any inconvenience or how you may feel, do not ignore the cease-and-desist letter.   Do not throw the cease-and-desist letter away. Read the letter thoroughly. Make sure you understand what […]

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Trademark Registration or Copyright Registration, What is the Difference, and Do I Need One?

Do you own a business? Or are you an author, photographer, or composer who openly publishes your work? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then it might be beneficial to ask yourself: “Do I own any trademarks? Have I published any works that need copyright protection?”  You may even ask yourself: “What is the difference between a copyright and a trademark?” A trademark is defined as “a symbol, words, stylized words, or […]

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Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property Means You Cannot Act Alone

I recently came across an interesting legal case involving joint ownership and trademark registration. Here is an overview of the case and its implications. Yogi Bhajan was an Indian-born yoga and spiritual teacher who introduced his version of Kundalini yoga to the West in the late 1960s. When he died in 2004, he left behind his widow, Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Puri, along with the Yogi Bhajan Administrative Trust (YBAT). Puri and YBAT have been battling […]

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Business Owners Who Ignore Their “Signs” Do So At Their Own Peril

I have worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, as well as small, medium, and large businesses. So trust me when I say that I understand starting a business and keeping it operating takes a lot of determination, planning, and an open mind. Those who are the most successful not only recognize when they face a problem that could significantly impact their business, but also have the smarts and humility to seek out skilled help in these […]

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