May, 2021

Blocking Offshore Pirate Content Sites: The Philippines is Joining a Growing International Consensus

Hugh Stephens Blog

In the ongoing struggle against content piracy, a global scourge that undermines and competes unfairly with legitimate content producers and distributors, blocking offshore web and streaming sites that distribute pirated content has proven to be an effective tool in many countries.

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Waiver Of Intellectual Property Protections For COVID-19 Vaccine Unlikely To Have Meaningful Impact In Short Term

Intellectual Property Law Blog

On Wednesday, May 7, 2021, the United States officially endorsed waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines.

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Can You Change a Trademark?

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video, Can You Change a Trademark? Brands often evolve over time, and sometimes brand names or logos change or evolve. Some changes are subtle – such as Coke at one point evolving (temporarily) into New Coke.

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$1 Billion+ Patent Damages Awards, and Many Over $100M, are Rarely Paid

IP Close Up

What’s in a number? Apparently, not much. While headline-grabbing patent damages awards were up in 2020 and 2021, payouts on these verdicts are exceedingly rare. Continue reading.

The Etsy Copyright Infringement Problem

Art Law Journal

Steve Schlackman. Etsy copyright infringement by its members is a well-known problem and while it has taken some steps to tackle the issue, what, if any, recourse do content creators have in stopping these infringements?

Closing the loop on your feedback

Intellectual Property Office Blog

We ask our customers to provide us with feedback so we can improve our services. But you may feel that once you’ve provided us with your feedback, you often don't find out what we did or how we used it to help us make improvements.

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Should User-Generated Content (UGC) be Exempt from Law and Regulation? Should Internet Platforms Bear any Responsibility for UGC they Distribute?

Hugh Stephens Blog

Should user-generated content (UGC) on social media platforms be free from any regulation and the rule of law, simply because it is user-generated? Should social media platforms be given a pass when it comes to any responsibility for the UGC that they distribute?

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Amazon Brand Registry for trademark applicants

Erik K Pelton

The following is a transcript of my video Amazon Brand Registry Update for Trademark Owners. For those of you who sell online, you’ve probably heard of the Amazon Brand Registry.

Can Intellectual Property Rights Safeguard Your Blog?

Kashishipr

A blog is like any other creative work of literature manifested in a different form. Due to creative and original use of expressions, blogs are deemed to be counted as private property for which Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) can be sought.

How to Submit a Copyright Takedown Notice

Art Law Journal

Steve Schlackman. If a U.S. website is using your images without your permission, the easiest and fastest way to stop the infringement is to send the website a “DMCA Takedown Notice.” DMCA stands for the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”

OECD Competition Open Day 2021: What is the role of competition authorities in promoting economic recovery?

Olartemoure Blog

The economic toll of the COVID-19 crisis has not been trivial to any country. There are, however, countries that have received a stronger financial impact than others.

Using Copyrighted Broadcast Content without Authorization to Produce Political Attack Ads: “All’s Fair” Rules the Federal Court in Canada

Hugh Stephens Blog

Using Copyrighted Broadcast Content without Authorization to Produce Political Attack Ads: “All’s Fair” Rules the Federal Court in Canada We all know that politics is a blood sport.

Why SNL’s “Muppets” Parody Had Even the Media Fooled

Copyright Lately

“Saturday Night Live’s” literal beat down of “The Muppet Show” so closely resembled the classic Jim Henson characters that some viewers thought the Muppets had really made an appearance on the show. Did SNL go too far?

What does a trademark portfolio look like?

Erik K Pelton

A portfolio of trademarks entails multiple brand names, logo, slogans, and/or other source indicators protected by a business. Many, or even most, businesses have more than one trademark that could be protected – different brands, or a good slogan or logo.

Patent Assertion Entities: A Boon or a Bane?

Kashishipr

The term ‘Patent Troll’ originated in 1994 in an educational video by Paula Natasha Chavez called the ‘Patents Video.’

Everyday IP: When were cars invented?

IP Blog

Seeking the answer to the question "When were cars invented?" uncovers quite a few notable and surprising developments in the history of Intellectual Property (IP). Patents Everyday IP

Proposals to Change Foundation of Tax Law

Stock Legal Blog

The Blue Wave may not have hit our proverbial shores after the last election, but Democrats did obtain control of the Senate by tying their ranks with the Republicans. There are 48 Democratic senators (plus 2 Independents who caucus with them) to the Republicans’ 50.

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Understanding your Market As An Illustrator

Art Law Journal

The first step in identifying where your work belongs to ask yourself is: What kind of work do I love? Who is my audience? The post Understanding your Market As An Illustrator appeared first on Art Business Journal. Marketing social media portfolio market

Warner Bros. Seeks to Muzzle Rin Tin Tin Lawsuit

Copyright Lately

The studio argues that a complaint seeking an accounting of profits from its planned Rin Rin Tin film doesn’t arise under the Copyright Act. Here’s a quick update on a case I first wrote about back in November involving Rin Tin Tin.

How to Monitor for Trademark Infringements

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video, How to Monitor for Infringements. In the past, you’ve heard me talk about some of the ways to keep a trademark strong over time and some of the things that brand owners must do with their trademarks even after they’re registered.

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources for Creators

Copyright Alliance

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this national movement is exceptionally important as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected how creators work and make a living. Isolation, combined with the […].

Geographical Indications for Food Products

Kashishipr

What are Geographical Indications? Geographical indications (GIs) are place names used to identify products that come from these regions and protect the quality and reputation of a distinctive product originating in a certain region.

Patents and Trade Secrets – to Disclose or Conceal?

Trademark, Copyright, and Unfair Competition Law B

United States law offers four types of protection for intellectual property, namely patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Only two of these, patents and trade secrets, can grant you the protection of ideas.

Meet Melody Peterson! The Newest Member of Stock Legal

Stock Legal Blog

Hello everyone! I am so excited to join the Stock legal family as a legal assistant! In the couple of days, I have been a part of the Stock legal family, I have felt nothing but positivity and brilliance amongst all I have met. I am delighted to be a part of all that makes Stock Legal great

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Breaking Down the Instagram Photo Embedding Class Action Lawsuit

Copyright Lately

In a new development in the ongoing legal saga over photo embedding, Instagram has been hit with a class action lawsuit. Do the plaintiffs have a case? I finally had a chance to take a closer look at the new copyright class action complaint filed last week against Instagram.

Customs and Border Patrol Registration for Your Trademark

Erik K Pelton

Many business owners may not realize that if they deal with tangible goods, they can protect their brand with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in addition to the USPTO. In this episode, Erik details how to add this tool to your brand protection toolkit. The post Customs and Border Patrol Registration for Your Trademark appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC. Many business owners may not realize that if they deal with tangible goods, they can protect their brand with U.S.

What if specimens do not match the mark in your trademark application drawing?

Patent Trademark Blog

What exactly is the mark filed in your trademark application or registration? One of the most common errors in a trademark application is a mismatch between the mark shown in a trademark application drawing and the mark shown in submitted specimens. The USPTO rule is that the specimens of use must display a mark that is a substantially exact representation of the mark applied for or registered.

Philippines: Cannabis bills likely to be indefinitely postponed

Managing IP

Editha R Hechanova of Hechanova & Co Inc explains the hurdles that are preventing Filipino lawmakers from legalising medical cannabis

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Spotlight on Commerce: Jennifer Kim, Assistant Division Chief, Decennial Census Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of Commerce

Spotlight on Commerce: Jennifer Kim, Assistant Division Chief, Decennial Census Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau. May 26, 2021. KCPullen@doc.gov. Wed, 05/26/2021 - 09:42. Jennifer Kim, Assistant Division Chief, Decennial Census Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau.

The Sleekcraft Factors and “Reverse Confusion” Trademark Infringement

The IP Law Blog

What happens when a junior trademark holder’s business becomes so popular and well known that it threatens to swamp the reputation of a senior mark holder? The senior mark holder brings a trademark infringement case alleging “reverse confusion” among its potential customers.

Breaking Patents — A Futile Response to the Global Pandemic That Benefits Businesses, Not People

IP Close Up

When it comes to intellectual property rights, nothing impedes like success. President Joe Biden last week threw his support behind the World Health Organizations proposal Continue reading.

What is a Likelihood of Confusion?

Erik K Pelton

In trademark applications and disputes, a common issue is whether or not there is a likelihood of confusion. In this segment, Erik breaks down the main factors surrounding an analysis of likelihood of confusion between two trademarks. The post What is a Likelihood of Confusion? appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC. In trademark applications and disputes, a common issue is whether or not there is a likelihood of confusion.

Why is it important to consider IP when setting up your LLC?

Stock Legal Blog

Corporate Intellectual Property Fixed Fee for Startups and Emerging Companies

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Myanmar: The new IP department and its extended ‘soft-opening’ period

Managing IP

Khin Myo Myo Aye of Tilleke & Gibbins provides an update on Myanmar’s IP department during the ‘soft-opening’ period

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Recognizing AANHPI Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Entrepreneurs and Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

U.S. Department of Commerce

Recognizing AANHPI Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Entrepreneurs and Minority and Women-Owned Businesses. May 25, 2021. KCPullen@doc.gov. Tue, 05/25/2021 - 09:00. Export and investment promotion. Intellectual property.

What do dashed lines in a design patent mean?

Patent Trademark Blog

What is the meaning of broken or dashed lines in a design patent? While I’m not sure if you can call it a loophole, US design patents enable a particular option in the drawings that can potentially broaden protection. The use of dashed lines, or broken lines, in design patent drawings means that whatever is drawn in such lines is not claimed. In a US design patent, the claimed design comprises what is drawn in solid lines.

Financial Planning for Artists to Grow Your Business

Art Law Journal

Artists: Learn how to manage your art business in a financially responsible way aimed toward sustainable growth! The post Financial Planning for Artists to Grow Your Business appeared first on Art Business Journal. Finances contracts social media entrepreneur design education freelance market studi