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Inter Partes Reviews – A Brief Primer, Recent Supreme Court Rulings, and the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Changes

May 21st, 2018

Inter partes reviews (IPRs) were enacted on September 16, 2012, as part of the America Invents Act (AIA) passed by Congress.

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Why Enroll Your Trademark in the Amazon Brand Registry?

March 15th, 2018

Selling on Amazon is nearly ubiquitous, so it’s imperative to protect your brand – your trademark – across the platform. Amazon has made it easier to do so by overhauling its Brand Registry last year and creating, in their own words, “an accurate and trusted experience for customers.” As a brand owner, you must have a dual focus on strengthening and protecting your brand while also engaging and serving your customers. The Amazon Brand Registry supports this dual focus.

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Here Comes the Rush to Trademark ‘Philly Special’

February 28th, 2018

One of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory’s most memorable moments witnessed was a gutsy play that the team called the “Philly Special.” It was one of the boldest calls in Super Bowl history, and it has inspired some bold moves at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), as well. As the term “Philly Special” has spread like wildfire through Eagles’ fandom, quick-thinking entrepreneurs have raced to capitalize on it, filing trademark applications to secure the rights to those golden words.

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CAFC: CAFC: Gov’t Can’t Censor ‘Disparaging’ Trademarks

December 29th, 2015

When we discussed the provision of U.S. trademark law that prohibits the use of “disparaging” words in a registered trademark, we noted that “change may be on the horizon.” On Dec. 22, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that at least the prohibition against registration of “disparaging marks” Section 2(a) of…

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property on the Web

August 6th, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas made headlines earlier this year for a reason completely unrelated to his politics. Shortly after Cruz announced his candidacy for the next presidential election, the news media discovered that the presumptive Internet address for the new candidate’s campaign had been “hijacked” and now displayed a message that was contrary to Cruz’s own political stances.

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What Makes a Trademark Disparaging?

July 2nd, 2015

U.S. trademark law extends benefits and protections to the owners of registered trademarks, but not every name or brand identity is eligible for registration, as evidenced by controversies involving organizations such as the Washington Redskins.

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Trademarks 101: Basic Principles Every Organization Needs To Know

June 11th, 2015

William Shakespeare might have asked “What’s in a name?” but in business, the answer is: quite a lot. With apologies to Shakespeare’s Juliet, your goods and services by any other name may not, in fact, smell as sweet. Your organization’s tradename or brand is a calling card, an advertisement, and, ideally, one way in which…

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