Posts Tagged "Trademark"

Manufacturer vs. distributor: Who owns that unregistered trademark?

Manufacturers that let their distributors use their unregistered trademarks may later find themselves in a fight over the marks’ ownership. This article highlights how one federal court of appeals recently addressed such ownership disputes and adopted a different test for determining ownership of common law trademarks where there is no agreement addressing the issue.

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New Year, New Ideas

New Year, New Ideas The New Year has finally arrived and we are ready for 2017! We wanted to outline some important IP advice for your company this year.

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Patent Office Update

A message from Michelle K. Lee–the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Why You Patent–Part 2

Italy-1421. An Italian inventor is about to make patent history. Architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi was granted a patent on the manufacturing of a barge with a hoisting gear—a device that streamlined the transportation of marble. The patent resulted in Brunelleschi acquiring a three-year monopoly on the manufacturing and sales of the new barge. While monopolies are only celebrated today when you secure Park Place and Boardwalk, Brunelleschi revolutionized national and global business as his idea would influence society for the next 600 years—patenting your hard work and creative ideas is a profitable business decision.

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Client Update: CVRx

The health care industry is moving forward so quickly it is hard to keep up, but companies like CVRx make us stop for a moment and tip our caps. Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MDDI), an online and print resource for original medical equipment manufacturing, honors a company every year as the Medtech Company of the Year. While CVRx did not win the editor’s choice crown, the readers picked CVRx for the prestigious title.

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Trademark Infringement in Reverse?

Could a seemingly innocent practice be putting you at risk for accusations of trademark infringement?  If you source components from other companies to manufacture your product, you should know about an unusual type of trademark infringement called reverse passing off.

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The Importance of Registering Your Trademarks

Trademarks are highly valuable assets.  Developing and protecting trademarks is not merely a “cost of doing business,” but rather an investment in customer goodwill, leading to greater customer satisfaction and higher sales.  A trademark can be almost anything that distinguishes the goods or services of one party from those of another.  Trademarks also assure consumers of consistent quality and thus help promote efficient competition. 

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