Topic: IP for small business

Innovative Design Protection Act Targets Fashion Knockoffs

Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Innovative Design Protection Act (IDPA), which would provide intellectual property rights to fashion designers for their work. From law firm Morgan Lewis: “IDPA would provide three years of protection for fashion designs that ‘(i) are the result of a designer’s own creative endeavor; and (ii) provide… Read more »

Can We Use that Picture on Our Website? “Fair Use” in a Pinterest World

Although the growing popularity of sharing sites like Pinterest might give the impression that photographs, drawings, videos, and other Internet content are free for the taking, nothing could be further from the truth. From law firm Mintz Levin: “If these photographs were placed online by the individual who took the photograph, and there are no… Read more »

Register Your Trademark with the USPTO: An Essential Step in Brand Protection

For business owners who want to protect their brand with a trademark, here’s Jaburg Wilk’s Maria Speth on how to file an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Some key points: You can register your mark with your state, but federal registration trumps state trademarks A search for similar names should include trademarks… Read more »

What is the Difference Between a Trademark and a Trade Name? [With Video]

Important question – and here, via video, is a good answer by Jaburg Wilk’s Maria Speth. [Link: What is the difference between a trademark and a trade name and what are the legal protections for each?] — Also see: New Rule Regarding Specimens of Use for U.S. Trademarks – Ladas & Parry LLP We May… Read more »

Patent Reform: 5 Ways You Can Expect Patent Litigation to Change

“The signing into law of the [America Invents] Act marks a new era of patent litigation. The Act presents a host of opportunities for companies, especially those defending patent infringement actions, provided they act quickly – given that several of the provisions have immediate prospective and in some cases even retroactive effect.” (From Patent Reform… Read more »

Protecting Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

Here’s what lawyers and law firms on JD Supra are writing to help business owners and entrepreneurs make sense of trademarks, copyrights, and patents. A legal reading list on protecting your company’s intellectual property: – Protect your Intellectual Property – People, Processes & Products (by Bambi Faivre Walters, PC): A brief overview: “The term ‘intellectual… Read more »