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McDonald’s, Russia, and the Territoriality of IP Rights

On March 9, 2022, McDonald’s announced it would be temporarily closing over 800 locations in Russia. Three days later, a trademark application was submitted to the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property for a logo with familiar arches and recognizable color scheme: The text beneath the logo reads “Uncle Vanya,” the name of a Russian fast-food restaurant. Given the timing and rapidity of the application, the trademark application appears to be a form of retaliation […]

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The Gender Gap in the U.S. Innovative Economy: Does Gender Disparity Still Exist Today?

Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Summer Law Clerk Julianna R. Favale This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and acknowledge how far women have come from having to fight for a right to vote. But there are still areas of law that are slow to develop alongside progressive shifts in societal mores.  Why? Largely because they were shaped by such norms. Intellectual property is one such area of law.  The […]

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New Rule for Group Registration in the US Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office issued a final rule this week for Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works. The Final Rule amends the regulations to establish a new type of copyright registration for works distributed online by individual writers that do not qualify as contributions to periodicals. The effective date of the new rule is August 17, 2020. The intent of the rule is to help protect short works that are published on the internet. […]

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Lessons‌ ‌Learned‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting

From November 19th to the 22nd, I attended the International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting in Austin, Texas. There are 1500 individuals from all over the world gathered in Austin to network with clients, friends, and colleagues and to learn about the latest developments in anti-counterfeiting laws, steps being taken to control illicit trade activities in Free Trade Zones, and updates on trademark law in numerous countries. Two topics I found to be very interesting:  the […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Develop a Trademark Enforcement Plan

You have invested time, money, and resources into the development and registration of arguably one of your company’s most valuable assets – its trademarks. The next step is developing a trademark enforcement plan to actively protect the trademarks. Although the idea may seem daunting, the core of a trademark enforcement plan boils down to three simple steps: monitor the markets in which your trademarks are used (e.g., restaurant services, clothing, toys, computers), consult an intellectual […]

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Crystal Broughan to Receive Award at the BizTech Innovation Luncheon

I am pleased to announce that I will be receiving the award for “Best Intellectual Property Attorney” in Jacksonville, Florida at the upcoming Jacksonville Business Journal’s BizTech Innovation Awards luncheon on October 20th. This event will honor Jacksonville area businesses that are making strides in developing, employing and utilizing technology in their own company and/or for their clients. If you’d like to attend the luncheon and/or the Expo being held at the conclusion of the luncheon, […]

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