Walter | Haverfield attorney Jamie Pingor advises companies to adopt social media policies that protect their brands and limit what employees may post on their personal pages. His article appears in Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Once reserved for sailors, ex-cons and members of biker gangs, tattoos today adorn the arms, legs, necks, torsos and faces of more than 45 million Americans, roughly 13 percent of our nation’s population. The extraordinary proliferation of tattoos―and their elevation to art―has created a thought-provoking challenge for intellectual property attorneys. A series of high-profile lawsuits […]
Effective August 3, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will require all applicants, registrants, or parties (including Canadian attorneys) not domiciled in the United States to be represented by a U.S. attorney before the USPTO. This new requirement is in response to a recent surge in filings from foreign applicants, in an […]
In the never-ending quest to prove to consumers that a product is truly unique, manufacturers in recent years have begun to seek trademark protection on intangible brand qualities, such as scent. In 2014, Verizon registered a “flowery musk scent” as a trademark to pump into their larger retail stores in order to distinguish itself from […]
Clothing your trademark license with certain contractual provisions can possibly cover an otherwise uncomfortably bare exposure. An owner of a trademark has a duty to ensure the consistency of its trademarks, as well as the good(s) and/or service(s) under which its trademarks are used. If a trademark owner enters into a license agreement and fails […]
A Los Angeles-based attorney has taken it upon himself to attempt to teach Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of England’s royal family a lesson in global intellectual property law. It’s likely that the intricacies of trademark law may come into play to establish who actually has the senior status in the U.S. Earlier this month, […]
March 17, 2020 In the world of intellectual property, it is essentially business as usual as many examiners at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) have been tele-working for years. Although, their tele-working set-up has not been without some changes. As of March 16, 2020, the USPTO will remain open for business and […]
May 15, 2020 At a time when social distancing is mandated, gatherings are banned and connecting with loved ones in person is discouraged, people are increasingly looking to bridge the gap in human interaction by using social media. They are producing a wide range of content from music videos to creatively composed posts and memes. […]