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October 2017 Archives

The I love NY trademark

Most people may not be aware that the t-shirt or coffee mug they own stating their love for New York is trademarked. The logo, which shows the word "I" followed by a red heart and the letters "NY," is a trademarked slogan and logo for New York City, according to the New York State Education Department . This logo is protected and cannot be used with the express permission of the New York State Empire State Development, which is the owner of the trademark.

What is a patent troll?

When you get into the world of inventing and securing patents in California, there are many different terms you will learn and a lot of information that will come your way. Something you might start hearing about are patent trolls. According to Electronic Frontier Foundation, a patent troll is someone who buys patents with the intention of using them to start a lawsuit. They search for anyone who could possibly be infringing upon the patent and file a suit against them.

Can you legally use copyrighted information found online?

In this age of social media and sharing everything online, you may be concerned about the security of your copyrighted information. If you publish something online, do you lose your copyright protection? How does copyright work for online content? Copyright still is available and valid even when work is published online. The same rules apply just as if it were published in print in California. So, how can you or anyone else use information you find online without violating protection rights?

The importance of venue in IP litigation

When a company is fighting an intellectual property infringement issue, one of the first things established by California courts is the jurisdiction. This is the location in which the court case will be heard. The venue in an IP case can play a significant role in the outcome, which is why it is essential for IP owners to be aware of their rights when a venue is assigned.

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