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Famous Copyright Infringement Cases and Lessons to Be Learned From Them

Most people know that you can’t simply take someone else’s work and claim it as your own. For most, it’s common knowledge that if you’re a musician or a writer, you can’t copy and paste from someone else’s piece and stamp your name on it. If you’re a photographer, you...

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A Brief Overview of Copyright Law in the United States

The information age is also the age of creativity. In a time when everyone is a creator, copyright law and fair use regulations could not be more relevant. In today’s digital world, it has become far easier for people to engage in creative work and put their work out there...

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U.S Intellectual Property Law: The Basics

In the United States, brilliant ideas and ingenious technology can be protected through a system called intellectual property law. Patents allow an individual to stake a claim to their invention or idea as intellectual property, so that they can profit from it without...

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Patent Terms on Steroids

Patent Terms on Steroids I was recently asked a question from one of my friends/clients from Israel that made me go “huh?”. It amazes me, and probably one of the reasons I dig this career so much, how after over 25 years of being in this field, I can get a...

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What to do now that your Trademark is Pending

Now that an application for the registration of your trademark has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the USPTO), you need to preserve your rights in the mark. Below are some guidelines you should follow with regards to the ongoing use of your...

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What to do now that your Trademark is Registered

Now that your mark has been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the USPTO), you need to preserve your rights in the mark. Below are some guidelines you should follow with regards to the ongoing use of your trademarks.

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When does it make sense to file for foreign trademark or patent protection?

This can be a difficult decision for many to make. It can result in significant cost to you or your company. Over the years, my advice regarding this issue has pretty much been the same, but I am getting better at articulating it. This post summarizes this advice. But...

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If You Don't Register Your Copyright, You Have No Protection

If you want to find some bad advice, there is plenty of it out there to be easily found. Like the guy that said you can’t go swimming for 30 minutes after you eat. I’d like to hunt him down and make him pay for the hours I sat on the side of the pool during the summers as...

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What is Fair about Fair Use

So, they say that all is fair in love and war. But is all fair in the use of copyrighted material? No. However, there are some cases that allow the use of a copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s permission. What? That is like saying the valet may have the...

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