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There are overlapping considerations. First, using a name that is confusingly similar to a senior (i.e., first in time) mark is considered trademark infringement. If it causes a reasonable consumer t ...

You can always continue to prosecute your application with a different attorney. You should search the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) web site for your attorney current contact information before dec ...

Assuming that you have a valid trademark, you may be able proceed against the infringing party or parties. How this is done depends on the nature of the mark and on the nature of the infringement. Yo ...

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Guidelines for Protecting Proprietary Information

Proprietary information is business information that has independent economic value from not being disclosed to competitive businesses or the general public. Also called trade secrets, it can include ...

Applying Copyright Registration to Subsequent Works by the Author

I received a call from a programmer asking whether the copyright registration of software written in one code language applies to the same program written in another code language. The answer was impo ...

Intellectual Property Protection

What Every Startup Founder Needs to Know About Intellectual Property Protection Most startup entrepreneurs aren’t the least bit concerned about intellectual property protection. That’s a b ...

Trademark Issues: A Cheat Sheet for Entrepreneurs

Understanding trademark issues isn’t easy. Today’s post will give you a quick overview of some issues that entrepreneurs and established businesses face when establishing and keeping trade ...

Describing An Invention Part 2

Part 2 of a multi-part series “Part 1” of Describing An Invention covered the purpose of a patent application (limited monopoly in exchange for complete disclosure) and the Brief Descripti ...

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