Cannabis Plant

In a recent lawsuit, the WM Wrigley Jr. Company  (Wrigley) filed a complaint against Terphogz, LLC (Terphogz) alleging trademark infringement of Wrigley’s iconic brand, SKITTLES. Candy makers are always filing trademark infringement suits so what makes this one noteworthy? Here’s why. Terphogz is a cannabis company that sells cannabis, drug paraphernalia and promotional merchandise. In an apparent effort […]

Communications Decency Act

Over the past few years, you may have heard various people express support for or opposition to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. While President Trump and others have accused Internet content publishers of using it to discriminate against conservative points of view, the reality is quite different and actually not political at all. While people will […]

Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: What the heck is an NFT and what does it have to do with copyrights? Signed.Dazed and Confused Dear D&C: That is a very good question. Which is why the Doc will provide you with an answer, and also offer you the chance to purchase a unique and priceless version of the answer, […]

Apple Logo

The story today demonstrates that even experienced and sophisticated patent owners, like Apple, can trip over the fundamentals. ‘Inter partes review’ is a way* for a person or company to challenge someone else’s patent before the USPTO.  A person who wants to challenge a patent can petition the USPTO and submit prior patents, applications or other […]

Noun Confusion

Whether you are a regular reader of our newsletter or not, you should be familiar with the concept of  “trademark infringement.” That’s when a business uses a trademark that is the same as or similar to that of another business, which causes confusion among consumers over the source of the goods or services. Typically, this involves […]