Intellectual Property

09Jun 2017
The-Top-Computer-Companies-In

Mr. Chris Gillespie must have thought he had a brilliant idea when he registered multiple domain names that included the term “Google,” such as “googledisney.com,” “googleBarackObama.net,” “Googlenewtvs.com” and others. Did he truly believe that Google would not sue him?   Or was this part of a grander scheme?  Think about the implications of provoking Google to […]

09Mar 2017
The-Top-Computer-Companies-In

Trademark owners have a duty to defend their trademarks against possible and actual infringement. Ignore infringers and your trademark rights may evaporate.  Defending trademarks, however, is a full time job and not for the weak of heart (or wallet).  The beverage industry is a breeding ground of intellectual property disputes and trademark owners aggressively defend […]

09Feb 2017
The-Top-Computer-Companies-In

If you sell branded products on Amazon.com, you may know that infringement is rampant.  You put up a product, it gets popular, and all of a sudden, like a many-headed hydra, other sites spring up selling “your” product at reduced prices.  Getting Amazon to remove infringing products can be a challenge even for ip lawyers […]

28Oct 2016
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When you’re dead, you’re dead, right? Not if your genes have anything to say about it.   A team of microbiologists from the University of Washington studied gene activity in recently dead mice and fish. They found that the activity of over 1000 genes increases after death with the activity of some genes increasing as much as 24 […]

27Jun 2016
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How do you, the cautious employer, protect yourself from trade secret theft?  One way is through employment agreements.  Many of the court cases involving employee theft of trade secrets include employment agreements with intellectual property terms.  We believe that courts are more likely to conclude that the actions by a former employee are or will be a […]

23Feb 2016
lights out at PTO

Now we know.  On December 22 the PTO experienced what it called a ‘catastrophic failure’ of the electronic patent and trademark filing and data systems due to a power outage.  The PTO technology staff worked through the Christmas holiday, and this writer can testify that the system was back up and receiving patent filings by […]