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

The Hidden Danger of Invisible Trademark Infringement

Modern technology presents some very unique challenges for the management and protection of intellectual property. We recently wrote about how intellectual property laws apply to “Non-Fungible Tokens” (NFTs). These and other issues are at the forefront of discussions for many individuals and businesses, but another issue companies need to be aware of is what’s called “invisible” trademark infringement. Your Read More

Is Your Trademark Strong Enough?

Securing a trademark for yourself and your business can be a major boost that helps you separate yourself from competitors. It’s a government-certified showcase of your unique hard work. However, the US Patent and Trademark Office isn’t going to approve just any application. USPTO officials are flooded with applications, many of which have no business ever earning an official trademark designation. If a mark doesn’t Read More

Timelines for Renewing and Maintaining Your Intellectual Property

The process of filing for and receiving trademark, copyright, or patent protection for your intellectual property can be time-consuming, but the process doesn't end there. Protecting your innovation takes time and must be maintained by fulfilling certain standards and maintenance. The process looks different depending on the type of protection you file for and your long-term intentions. We are going to specifically Read More

Understanding Trade Secrets and the Information Non-Compete Clauses Protect

Non-compete clauses have been a common topic of conversation at the national level, with President Joe Biden recently signing an executive order calling for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to limit non-compete clauses. While the intention of the executive order is to “promote competition,” it raises interesting questions about what non-compete clauses do. For businesses and businesspeople, the order brings into Read More

How Intellectual Property Laws Apply to NFTs

Intellectual property law doesn’t often change. Instead, as the world around us evolves, the long-standing laws are applied in new ways. Right now, IP laws are being applied in new ways once again as the “Non-Fungible Token” (NFT) market explodes. Before we dive into how IP law applies to NFTs, it’s important to first understand what qualifies as an NFT. What is a Non-Fungible Token NFTs are digital assets first and Read More

How You Can Lose a Trademark

Your intellectual property deserves to be protected. After all, it’s YOUR hard work and should be yours alone to profit off, work with, and innovate. We’ve previously talked about what you need to start the process, but today we’re looking at situations where your trademark could actually be stripped away. Your trademark expires Once you establish a trademark, you will now begin the clock on when certain filings are Read More

The 3 Different Types of Patents

Getting a patent is one of the most exciting experiences for any inventor. It means that you have created something completely original and welcomed it into the world. What you may not realize at first is exactly what type of patent you have. There are three different types of patent, and they all mean different things. To cover the basics, a patent protects a new, unique, and usable invention. You can manufacture Read More

May I Use Someone Else’s Trademark Under Fair Use?

In August, we wrote about the Fair Use defense to copyright infringement that may allow someone to use copyrighted material without permission under certain circumstances. This exception applies most often to educational and/or other non-commercial use of certain copyrighted material. Since copyrights are directed to original works of authorship, the Fair Use defense to copyright infringement applies only to specific Read More