Entries tagged: intellectual property

Ring in the New Year with Reduced U.S. Trademark Office Filing Fees

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: January 28th, 2015

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Begin the new year by taking advantage of the U.S. Trademark Office’s reduced filing fees for new trademark and renewal applications. The previous filing fee for a new trademark application was $325 per class.  Effective January 17, 2015, this fee has been reduced to $275 per class.  Further, the filing fee for a renewal application […]

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IP Considerations for Startups

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: December 19th, 2014

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Almost every business, whether a startup or an established company, has intellectual property (“IP”).  IP is what provides your business with a competitive advantage.  Examples include a business’s name, logo, inventions customer lists, or website, all of which are valuable business assets that should be protected. A successful startup should understand how to identify and […]

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Tips for Protecting Trade Secrets

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: November 24th, 2014

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Any information that is unique to your company but isn’t public knowledge can be considered a trade secret and, in many cases, can be protected under both state and federal law. As your company grows in the competitive marketplace, it becomes even more important to identify the company’s most important information, then build trade secret […]

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Aereo Update: Case Volleys Back to Trial Court

By: Lauren Kanter-Lawrence, Esq.

Posted: November 24th, 2014

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This blog has previously reported on American Broadcasting Co. v. Aereo, a dispute between television broadcasters and a start-up that distributed broadcast signals through a network of small antennas in a “cloud.” For around $10 a month, subscribers could record shows and watch live and recorded programming from their mobile devices. In June, finding that Aereo’s […]

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Copyright Protection in Selfies Can Help to Prevent Unauthorized Reproduction and Distribution

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: October 27th, 2014

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Selfies have become a global phenomenon, but what type of protection does one have to prevent the spread of photos that have been hacked? We have all heard the story that broke last month about the hundreds of intimate photographs of numerous celebrities, including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence.   Although questions are still being raised […]

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Follow Up on Push for Trade Secret Litigation

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Posted: August 22nd, 2014

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Earlier this year, a new bill was introduced in Congress seeking to add a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. With the most recent bill introduced by a bi-partisan coalition in the House, there appears to be momentum for the passage of federal trade secrets legislation this fall. The proposed new legislation […]

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Broadcast Networks Prevail in Aereo Suit

By: Lauren Kanter-Lawrence, Esq.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014

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My January blog post reported that the Supreme Court had recently agreed to hear the case American Broadcasting Co. v. Aereo, focusing on the dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo, a start-up that distributed broadcast signals through a network of small antennas in a “cloud.” Subscribers, who paid between $8 and $12 per month, could use […]

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Redskins’ Trademarks Canceled for Disparagement

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: July 28th, 2014

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On June 17, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) canceled six trademark registrations of the Redskins football team as disparaging under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc., T.T.A.B., No. 92046185, 06/18/14. Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act […]

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New Bill May Change Nation’s Trade Secret Laws

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: May 27th, 2014

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A new bill has been introduced in Congress seeking to add a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The “Defense of Trade Secrets Act of 2014″ would permit a trade secret owner to bring a civil action for a violation of the Economic Espionage Act, which makes the theft or misappropriation of […]

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“Dumb Starbucks” – Is this Coffee Shop an Art Gallery?

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

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A new coffee shop mocking Starbucks opened in Los Angeles in early February and quickly gained nationwide attention. The store looks identical to the typical Starbucks, but with the exception of the word “dumb” prefixed to the title and menu items. Dumb Starbucks is not affiliated with Starbucks Corporation, and the company claims that their […]

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