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Shades of Confidentiality: Understanding the limits of attorney-client privilege

Attorney-client privilege has been in the headlines of major newspapers recently with the ongoing reporting on the search warrant executed on President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen.  This story has put attorney-client privilege in the spotlight and illustrates that a basic understanding of the attorney-client privilege—and its limits—is essential for anyone who is working with an attorney.

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – October/November 2018

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the October/November 2018 issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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What’s in a Name? The Guide for Pursuing Legally Defensible & High-Value Trademarks

Here’s the essential guide to protecting your brand! Finding the right name for your business or product line is more than a creative pursuit. It has the potential to elevate your reputation and profits. Don’t you want to achieve both?

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IP Forum Wrap-up #2: Six Trademark Tips from In-house Experts

How is your company handling foreign trademark searches? Is the Madrid Protocol still useful? Is your company building house brands or a branded house? These are some of the latest issues in trademark law discussed by in-house IP counsel at our IP Forum last week (co-hosted with our friends at Dennemeyer). Here are a few tips they had for companies doing business globally.

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IP Forum Wrap-up #1: Three tips for start-ups with global aspirations

Going global? In-house IP counsel from three global companies shared their insights on protecting intellectual property in emerging markets yesterday at our IP Forum (co-hosted with our friends at Dennemeyer). Here are three tips they had for start-up companies looking to launch into the global marketplace.

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Giving trade dress infringement claim a shot

The hurdle for proving trade dress infringement is high. This is partly because, as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently explained, a plaintiff must produce evidence of nonfunctionality — a unique challenge since a plaintiff must prove evidence of an absence and product design often serves purposes beyond mere identification of the product’s source. In the case in question, though, the court determined that the plaintiff had succeeded.

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Selling access to clips of copyrighted programming isn’t fair use

In an era that features hundreds of television channels and interactive, interconnected media, video clips have become a hot item. Not surprisingly, though, the sale of such clips by third parties raises copyright infringement concerns, as demonstrated by a recent case heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

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How the on-sale bar can threaten a patent

It’s easy to understand an inventor’s urge to get a new product to market. But that urge can backfire if a patent application hasn’t yet been filed. Under the on-sale bar, the inventor could lose patent protection altogether. A pharmaceutical company learned this the hard way.

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Can licenses limit competitors’ use?

Copyright ruling hits third-party software support providers Purchasers of software know that it’s not just the license that can take a bite out of their wallets — it’s also the costly maintenance contracts. Smelling an opportunity, third-party providers have begun offering licensees cheaper maintenance and support alternatives. But one software company has struck back, and the favorable ruling it obtained in its copyright infringement lawsuit against a third-party provider may make it harder for such businesses to compete.

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Trademark-Related Solicitation Scams

Have you received an official-looking letter or invoice from the Patent & Trademark Agency located in New York City?  How about one from the Trademark Compliance Office in Arlington, VA?  These are two of the several companies that offer what they call “trademark-related services.” These companies use terms that resemble an official agency name including one or more of the terms “United States,” “U.S.,” “Trademark,” “Patent,” “Registration,” “Office,” or “Agency.”  Many of these solicitations will even contain accurate information about your trademark registration and cite correct information, such as the requirement that a registration must be renewed every 10 years. One common theme with all of these solicitations is they are seeking fees for services that have no legal significance to your trademark registration.

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Want to know the secrets to creating and protecting unforgettable brand names?

Choosing the wrong name can be expensive. Gain essential knowledge on trademarks and the naming process. Introducing The Guide for Pursuing Legally Defensible & High-Value Trademarks – a collaborate effort with the branding experts Olive & Company.