Trademarks protect distinctive marks, such as brand names, logos, and designs. This protection allows a trademark holder to exclude others from using the mark without permission of the owner. The following includes important, basic information about trademarks, as well as how start-ups can protect their trademarked intellectual property.
So how would colleges and universities operate in a world where students potentially no longer have easy (or any) access to student loans? No one knows exactly, but one thing is sure: institutions that implement a strategy to deal with possible changes now will have a leg up when those changes come to fruition.
Four categories of offenses represent over 80% of the total national caseload: immigration, drugs, firearms, and fraud-related financial offenses. Here’s a closer look at the categorical data from FY2018.
Companies and organizations that don’t protect their IP can risk losing hard-earned work and concepts. Also, companies can risk liability if they violate the IP rights of others, even unknowingly or by accident.
For many companies in many industries, patents are an important tool for driving innovation. At the same time, patents limit competition, so that companies must also be wary of their competitors’ patent portfolios. The result is that for many companies it is important to understand whether inventions are entitled to patent protection.
Jacks NYB claims it owns trademark rights to the phrase “Play Gloria!”; they not only filed trademark applications for the phrase, but sent demand letters asserting their rights. It’s a move that feels a little too straight out of the TV show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And like most other IP disputes that manage to reach the sports-channel crawl, it is rooted in some basic misunderstandings about the nature of trademarks.
It is with pleasure that I share my perspective for this issue of Modern Law, particularly since the theme is Women in Law. My perspective is not on the practice of law however, but the business of law, particularly around the use of CRM in law firms.