Nov 6, 2018

Trademark Scams Protect Your Brand and Your Wallet

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Trademark Owners are being inundated with trademark solicitations and scams from a variety of sources.  The trickery often begins with an abusive and misleading email.  One may wonder how this happened.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office Database is publicly available.  Thieves, swindlers, and unethical individuals are taking advantage of this information and soliciting… Read more

Oct 24, 2018

Border Protection for U.S. Intellectual Property


While the country is embroiled in heated political debate involving immigration and the appropriate means by which to protect U.S. borders, few if any disagree that many U.S. intellectual property owners are being swamped by infringing goods, counterfeits and knock-offs from other countries.  Other than the U.S. district courts where infringement cases are often instituted,… Read more

Oct 17, 2018

Service of Process on Evasive Defendants


On September 15, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted an order authorizing service of process by electronic mail in a trademark infringement case where the plaintiff was unable to make personal service due to evasive conduct by the Defendants, according to SGR partner Bruce McDonald, representing the plaintiff.  See… Read more

Oct 3, 2018

Federal Circuit Reverses Apple’s $500 Million Patent Infringement Liability


Not all decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit make national news, but last week the appellate court threw out a half a billion dollar win for the patent licensing wing of the University of Wisconsin called WARF – Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.  WARF’s patent covered how computer processors execute program instructions,… Read more

Sep 19, 2018

Trademark Enforcement Hampered by Disappearance of Whois Data


The biggest recent development involving ICANN results from the general data protection regulation known as GDPR and the regulation which became fully effective on May 25, 2018. Due to the regulation, ICANN decided to require domain name registries to remove public access to the contact names and details of domain name registrants. This action was… Read more

Sep 12, 2018

Is Fair Use Still Fair?


A recent decision from the Eastern District of Virginia took an expansive view on the fair use defense to copyright infringement that calls into question the scope of copyright protection for photographers. In Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions, LLC, a photographer sued a festival organizer for copyright infringement based on using the photographer’s time-lapse photo… Read more

Sep 4, 2018

Intellectual Property Implications in Business Decisions

As a business owner, it is important to research any intellectual property concerns before proceeding with an idea, especially when it concerns the intellectual property rights of well-known companies in the entertainment industry. On August 29, 2018, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted a preliminary injunction to Disney that… Read more