Blog – Adam Garson Law

Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I have read your columns about how patent law is now mostly unable to protect inventions that incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning computer applications. So…what’s an aspiring inventor in those fields to do? How may such systems be protected? Is all hope lost? Signed, HAL Dear HAL: No. All is not lost. We […]

VLSI Technology

 Some years ago, bashing ‘patent trolls’ was all the rage among the anti-patent community.  Depending on who you asked, a ‘patent troll’ was either (a) a hideous, ugly creature who lurked under bridges and beat innocent passersby with massive patent-shaped cudgels, or (b) anyone who tried to enforce patent rights.  The anti-patent forces got what […]

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Do you want to use the ® symbol? If so, then you want to learn more about federal trademark registration. We’ve written about the benefits of state trademark registration. There aren’t many but if you believe state registration is right for you, here’s a brief guide on how to register your trademark in Pennsylvania.  If you’re […]

Bolt

We wrote in last month’s newsletter that filing trademark applications in foreign jurisdictions may have a strategic benefit to large companies in the United States, particularly for companies that desire to mask product development plans from the public eye while maintaining the priority date of an earlier foreign filing. Known as a “submarine” trademark, the key […]

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Did you know that a trademark may be refused registration because it is deceptive? Yes, indeed, the “deceptively misdescriptive” doctrine is an interesting — if not tongue-twisting — principle of trademark law, which occasionally rears its head. Here’s how it works in a real-life case. Retail Brand Alliance, Inc. (i.e., Brooks Brothers) sought to register […]

Trademark application

Looking for simplified guides to filing trademark applications on the state and federal level? LWH comes to the rescue.   We have published two guides: Six Steps for Registering a Federal Trademark; and Five Steps for Registering a Trademark in Pennsylvania. — Adam G. Garson, Esq.

Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I know (because my attorney keeps reminding me) that transfers of copyright must be in writing and signed by the owner of the rights. How, then, could a recent case in Minnesota find that distributing a photographer’s pictures of Prince (the Artist, not the Ruler Formerly Known as Chuck, the Prince of Wales) […]

Virginia Class Submarine

 In the United States, trademark applications are public disclosures from which you can learn some very important competitive information. A trademark application will reveal: 1. The identity of the owner of the trademark, and2. the nature of the goods and services to be identified by the trademark A U.S. filed trademark application is, in effect, a […]

TM is for Trademarks

Trademark law in the United States is all about “use.”  When you’re using your trademark it is accumulating goodwill and you are exercising your trademark rights.  Absent “use,” your trademark rights dwindle and the trademark itself is subject to abandonment. This is an important principle, particularly, when you are applying to register a trademark with […]