And for today’s lighter moment, the federal trademark office has approved for publication this image of a hamburger patty —— as a trademark for *** a hamburger patty!
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced today that it may run out of funds to operate the patent office by the second week of February, 2019 due to the budget stalemate. It expects to be able to continue operating…
Continue Reading U.S. Patent Office May Shut Down In Two Weeks
In this age of web-based product marketing and sales, the Federal Circuit provides a reminder that a web page may not suffice as an acceptable specimen to establish use of a trademark with a product.In order to constitute a valid…
Continue Reading Trademark Use — Some Websites Just Won’t Do
IBM remains No.1 for most issued patents during 2018, and Ford cracks the top ten.
Continue Reading Top Ten U.S. Patent Recipients in 2018
It seems to me that if there is a true national crisis, then we don’t need to think about it, we don’t need to debate it, we don’t need to schedule a TV announcement in the future, and we don’t…
Continue Reading Is There A Southern Border Crisis?
The shut down, or slow down, of various U.S. government offices caused by the budget impasse is doing more than merely inconveniencing visitors to the national parks. The lack of a budget is hampering business and consumers as to…
Continue Reading U.S. Government Shutdown Is Not Helping U.S. IP-Based Business
Copyrights last a long time, but they do eventually expire. This is now the case with works first published in the U.S. in 1923, and previous.The term of copyright can be confounding since there have been so many modifications to…
Continue Reading 1923 Copyrights Have Now Expired — Long Live 1923
Lest we forget. May 29, 1917 — November 22, 1963
Continue Reading JFK: 55 years, and counting
Ordinarily, an employment case does not contain aspects of IP law. But in a very broad sense, some employers view their employees as a form of IP. That is, the employer expends resources to train the employee and the employee…
Continue Reading At Will Employees in California Need Not Comply With Non-Solicitation Covenants
“In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress.” (Attributed to John Adams in the 1969 musical 1776)
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