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Likelihood of Confusion in Trademarks

For many businesses, brand name protection is one of their most important assets. Brands helps customers identify a particular business as the source of that business’s goods or services. And...

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Trademark or Cultural Appropriation?

Kim Kardashian is in the news again, perhaps she never really left the news, but this time for a Trademark issue. She is trying to Trademark the name KIMONO for...

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YouTube’s Copyright Rules

As a content creator, it’s important to know the rules when it come to making, editing, and publishing videos on YouTube.  One aspect of creating videos for YouTube is having...

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Cultural Intellectual Property Issues

A company in the mainland US recently trademarked ALOHA POKE for a chain of restaurants, and subsequently sent cease and desist letters to restaurants throughout the country. Hawaiians were, understandably,...

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What do I do if someone has copied my website?

Your company’s website is one of the most important pieces of your Business Plan. With more and more news of “The Retail Apocalypse” hitting brick and mortar stores like Sears,...

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What are Trade Secrets?

Trade secrets are a type of intellectual property (IP), but unlike the other types (copyrights, trademarks, and patent), there is no filing with the government to protect your rights.  A...

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Non-Distinct Office Actions

We discussed on our previous post what Office Actions are when it comes to your trademark application.  Now, let’s take a little deeper look at the different types of office...

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A Non-Substantive Trademark Office Action

On our previous post we discussed what a Trademark Office Action is when it comes to your trademark application.  Now, let’s take a little deeper look at the different types...

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Darth Vader and the Copyright Issues

Photograph by Mike, distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license. Most Star Wars fans have now seen the Darth Vader video titled “Vader Episode 1: Shards of the Past” on YouTube,...