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

Public Domain Day 2023 Brings Well-Known IPs to the Public

There have been more than a few gasps of terror on social media recently. People are shocked to see Winnie the Pooh turned into a bloody horror flick. The same is happening with popular children’s characters like Bambi and Peter Pan. Who would let this happen? Shouldn’t the original creators or their estates object to such depictions of these popular children’s characters? This is all possible because these pieces of Read More

All I Want for Christmas is Intellectual Property Protection

Happy Holidays! We’re officially into December which means the holiday decorations are infecting the neighborhood with cheer (who are we kidding, a lot of you got the decorations out on November 1st). This time of year can certainly inspire plenty of joy and comradery, but a lot of what we do during the holiday season is still dictated by intellectual property protections, new and old. Holidays themselves, like Read More

Clothing Designers: Protect Your Intellectual Property

Clothing design is a functional and profitable business venture for any talented designer, but the competition is fierce. The right design can stand out and fly off the shelves, turning your hard work into serious cash. Still, clothing designers have unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to using intellectual property to protect their original works. On one single t-shirt, there might be multiple IP Read More

Join Attorney Rick McDermott in the Fight To End Multiple Sclerosis!

I know we normally come here to discuss important intellectual property issues, but today I’d like to get a little more personal. As most of you know, I’m passionate about making a difference in the community, both locally and nationally. That’s why I’m reaching out to you today to talk about Bike MS - the largest fundraising cycling series in the world, raising critical money for research, programs, and ultimately, Read More