Tag: Intellectual Property

New CLE on The Right of Publicity

With the expansion of social media and digital advertising – and increasingly more brands turning to novel means to promote their products – the right of publicity has taken on even greater importance. In this CLE course, Rick Kurnit shares his knowledge and experience as he mainly discusses brands, content & advertising in our digital world, how the right of publicity clashes with the First Amendment, advertising vs.editorial content, commercial use and the transformative standard.

New CLE: A Primer on European Patent Practice

Entrepreneurs and inventors often come up with great ideas that they think will be the next great product at home in the United States and around the world. But patenting that Green Bay Packer cheese head beer coolie hat in Germany might not be the best idea – no matter how great your client thinks it will sell. European Patent Law Patents…

New CLE on IP Protection & the Cannabis Industry

Yes, the cannabis industry is growing like a weed… a well-watered weed. Since states have begun legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, consumer demand has skyrocketed. The Cannabis Industry & IP Protection Marijuana sales are projected to exceed $20 billion annually within the next few years. As this new legal industry grows exponentially, so too do the intellectual property issues associated…

What’s in a Name – CLE on Selecting, Identifying & Protecting Trademarks

For many entrepreneurs and business owners, the intellectual property of the company is the last thing on their mind when starting and running their business. They are more concerned with getting their business off the ground, hitting sales marks and growing their business. However, intellectual property is often the most valuable asset of the business and it must be properly protected –…

CLE Course: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll – How Modern Lifestyle Industries Push the Limits of IP Law

Can a rock band named the “Slants” get a trademark on their band name? Can Apple get a patent for a device that can be used to vaporize marijuana? Does the owner of a “tube” website featuring adult content get immunity from user uploaded videos under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)? While most of us have a basic understanding of copyright,…

New CLE on Patent Protection in the United States

A well-known phrase amongst IP practitioners is that patentable subject matter may include “anything under the sun that is made by man.” However, it should come as no surprise that not every invention is patentable – even if it falls within the four classes of “statutory subject matter.” Abraham Lincoln “The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of…

New CLE on Protecting Aftermarket Auto Parts with IP Protection

Ford, Chevy, Dodge… America is known around the world for our car culture and our love of the automotive industry. And if it’s one thing that many Americans enjoy doing, it’s customizing their cars by slapping on the hottest new rims or upgrading to the most fuel-efficient oxygen sensor. The Aftermarket Auto Industry The aftermarket auto industry is big business domestically and…

CLE Course: Counseling Your Clients on Trademarks

Ford, Coke, Nike, Starbucks… every business uses trademarks and service marks to identify their goods and services. A strong trademark or service mark can make the difference between a wildly successful business – and its not-so-successful competition. A trademark is valuable because it helps distinguish a business from competing brands and products in the marketplace. The valuable good will of the business…

CLE Course on Conducting a Patent Prior Art Search

Prior art research should be concluded early on in the patent process before time, money and resources are expended on the construction of the patent and the application. Prior art research will identify those patent publications that may prevent the innovation in question from being patented and can provide a type of road map in the early stages of development that can…