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Is Mickey Mouse in the Public Domain Now?

The copyright for the animated short film entitled “Steamboat Willie“, published 1928, is set to expire at the end of 2023. This film is the first of nearly 95 years...

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OpenAI versus Lawyers

It’s December 2022: we’ve finished evaluating OpenAI, and we’ve come to the conclusion that AI is much further along than we’ve anticipated. When we compare OpenAI versus lawyers, lawyers have...

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Why You Should Get a Trademark.

By registering your trademark, you will enhance the legal protections afforded to your brand. It ensures the public knows the proper and accurate source for your business’s products or services. ...

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Trade Secret or Patent?

Hear what Patent Attorney Kameron Kramer has to say about Trade Secret or Patent. Two very different areas of the law, with their pros and cons, can help protect your...

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Do I Need a Federal Trademark?

When determining whether you need a federal trademark for your business or product, there are a number of factors to consider.   Most importantly, consider what the trademark will actually provide...

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AI and Intellectual Property

Due largely to the technological leaps and advances being made in artificial intelligence (AI), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking to address the intersection of AI...

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The Patent Prosecution Process

The patent prosecution process is usually quite long, arduous, and can be costly.  There are three types of patents: utility, design, and plant.  Plant patents are the least common and...

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What is a Trademark Disclaimer?

Oftentimes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will issue an office action after you have filed your trademark requiring a disclaimer for one or more of the words...

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What is the Supplemental Register for Trademarks?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has two registers for trademarks: supplemental and principal. The supplemental register is reserved for descriptive, surname, and geographical marks that do not...

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Patent Basics

Patents grant the intellectual property rights of inventions to their inventors. Patents protect inventors from having other entities use and produce their inventions without their consent. Patents are extremely common,...

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Prior Art Search for your Patent

The first step for anyone with an invention or idea is to perform a prior art search and analysis in order to determine whether or not it’s already been done...

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What is a Work For Hire?

You may have encountered the language “work for hire” in a contract before. If you are a provider of services such as website design, graphic design, photography, branding, etc., then...