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Quantifying the Financial Value of Intellectual Property Assets

What is the value of your company’s trademarks? What about the patents or copyrights you hold? Is the value of those intangible assets reflected anywhere on the company balance sheets?   Trademarks, patents, and copyrights are often used as collateral for loans that companies obtain from banks. Merger and acquisition (M&A) agreements, if done correctly, include inventories of IP assets (both registered and unregistered) because those intangible assets bring value to the sale of the business.  […]

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Marks Gray Grows Its Intellectual Property Practice

Exciting news: The team of Mitchell Ghaneie Law is joining Marks Gray. This will make us one of the region’s largest full-service intellectual property practices.  With the additions, our new practice team will include three attorneys and two registered patent agents. Overall, Marks Gray has grown to 28 attorneys and a total of 60 employees. Our new team members strengthen Marks Gray’s position in the market. Now we can provide the full-service intellectual property legal […]

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Rogue Little Caesars Face Trademark Infringement

Franchise business operations are heavily governed by rules. These rules make it possible to both protect and share the intellectual property of the central business’s marks. When the rules are violated, the mutual commercial relationship breaks down. In Seattle, WA, several rogue Little Caesar franchises continue to serve and deliver pizza and chicken wings – after their franchise agreement was terminated in July of 2021.  Little Caesar Enterprises and LC Trademarks, Inc. have sued for […]

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Fighting For the Teardrop: Hershey Threatens Trademark Infringement

Hershey Co. has threatened a trademark infringement lawsuit against a California keto-cookie brand known as The Cookie Department. The alleged infringement stems from a shape that most of us know (and some of us love), the iconic teardrop shape of a chocolate chip. As part of its trademark infringement claim, Hershey asks that The Cookie Department: Halt using the chocolate chip shape in its packaging and online map symbols Hand over profits received through this […]

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One Trademark Scammer Caught! Many More To Go

Trademark scammers abound in the marketplace. Their aim: to defraud legitimate trademark owners who have taken the time to register their trademarks with the USPTO.  I have warned clients and potential clients for years about these scams. Recently, one scammer was actually caught and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. What the Scam Was and What Happened After the Scammer Was Caught Viktors Suhorukovs defrauded approximately 2,900 […]

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Bona Fide Intent in the Future for Joy Tea and CBD

More states throughout the country are legalizing cannabidiol (“CBD”), a chemical component of the cannabis plant used for medicinal and recreational purposes. You can find it in balms, supplements, drinks, and food. A question regarding trademark has come up in the wake of these changing laws. Can producers and sellers of CBD products assert a bona fide intent to use a trademark in commerce? The snarl is that their goods are likely prohibited under federal […]

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