Trademark Strategies For E-commerce Brands

When discussing businesses that focus on online retail, establishing and maintaining a distinct brand identity is crucial. Like any business, imitation and counterfeit products are a genuine threat to their brands and reputation. For this reason, these businesses need to defend both by protecting their intellectual property. This extends beyond just maintaining customer trust and developing a following for your Read More

Licensing, Lawsuits, & Using Copyrighted Material On Social Media

Businesses must take the proper steps to protect their intellectual property (IP). This intangible property includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and it is often at the core of a company’s competitive advantage. Licensing this IP is a strategic decision. It allows companies to grant rights to use their property in exchange for a fee. It is an avenue for revenue generation, market expansion, and Read More

Navigating Copyright Claims Board

June 2022 marked a pivotal moment in the copyright landscape with the inauguration of the Copyright Claims Board (CCB). It is an entity that provides a streamlined and cost-effective path for managing specific copyright disputes. The CCB is an alternative avenue for copyright holders and those opposing infringement claims to seek resolution on disputes entailing claims up to $30,000. This should not be mistaken as an Read More

How Your Company Can Capitalize on Business Method Inventions

Protecting your business and its intellectual property can be crucial to your success. Your intellectual property can distinguish you from competitors. What if the thing that sets you apart is a key process that you use in running your business, such as a process for offering services or a manufacturing process related to products you sell?  How do you protect that process? These processes may be patentable, and we Read More

What We Can Learn from the “Taco Tuesday” Trademark Dispute

“Taco Tuesday” is truly a time-honored tradition. Many restaurants celebrate with discounted taco offers each Tuesday and families often make their own at home to celebrate. For some businesses, though, the tradition is more than just a fun phrase accompanied by discounted food – and this is exactly why this tradition recently turned into a major intellectual property dispute. Let’s get to the meat of this taco Read More

High-Profile Legal Cases Highlight Differences Between Inspiration and IP Theft

Art is a subjective field that allows creatives to open up a whole new world of possibilities. Their work inspires others to try their hand at new, unique creations. Over time, however, we see less and less “new” art. Everything is inspired by something because as time goes on there are fewer creations that haven’t been done already. This puts artists in a peculiar position when using source material to create new Read More

Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Reconsider AI Inventorship

The nation’s highest court made a simple yet important decision recently to reject a petition to review long-held legal boundaries surrounding Artificial Intelligence and inventorship. As we mentioned in our most recent post about AI and intellectual property, these court actions are an expected aspect of the continued evolution of how AI technologies impact IP rights. As we mentioned previously, the courts have long Read More

Does Artificial Intelligence Violate Intellectual Property Laws?

We asked the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT the following question: “Are you infringing intellectual property with your work?”  This was the answer we received: “[T]he content I generate could potentially infringe on existing intellectual property rights, depending on the specific context and content of the input. It is the responsibility of the users of my responses to ensure that they are not violating any Read More

The Growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Raises Questions for Intellectual Property

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the creation and use of machines that can perform intelligent tasks that typically require human intelligence. In recent years, AI has advanced rapidly due to the availability of large amounts of data and improvements in computing power and algorithms. This has led to an increase in AI-generated content and inventions, the creation of which has significant implications for Read More

Protecting Trade Secrets Without Non-Compete Clauses

There has been some panic and a lot of discussion among business leaders following news reports that the Federal Trade Commission is considering a rule to ban non-compete clauses. Many businesses use such clauses as a means to protect trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information, hoping to prevent employees from resigning and immediately joining a competitor armed with trade secrets and other Read More