ON MY MIND Blog


“Incapable informational matter" is the new name for a type of unregistrable trademark

by William M Borchard
on Feb 09, 2017

How you can identify an “incapable informational matter,” and what you can do if it is refused registration.


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Your trade secrets could be available from U.S. Customs

protecting trade secrets

by C. J. Erickson
on Nov 29, 2016

How competitors can learn your import/export trade secrets.  And how can you learn theirs. 


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Registration of Non-traditional Trademarks

by Ignacio V. Duran
on Sep 22, 2016

It is possible to register something other than a word, slogan or logo as a trademark in the U.S.


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Intellectual Property as Security

by William M Borchard
on Jul 13, 2016

The rules for using intellectual property as collateral can be counter-intuitive.


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Update on cost savings using international trademark filing systems

by William M. Borchard and Jeffrey H. Epstein
on Jun 02, 2016

The Community Trade Mark ("CTM") has had significant regulatory changes including, since March 23, 2016, being called the European Union Trade Mark ("EUTM").


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How you can protect recipes

by William M. Borchard
on May 10, 2016

Recipe protection is rare but possible.


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When you can parody another’s work or mark

by William M. Borchard
on Apr 12, 2016

Parody involves copyright and trademark considerations.


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Statutory rights to terminate copyright grants

terminate copyright grants

by Thomas Kjellberg
on Feb 23, 2016

When and how can a copyright assignment or license be terminated?


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European design protection may be attractive

European design protection

by William M. Borchard and Jeffrey H. Epstein
on Jan 12, 2016

European design protection may be faster, cheaper and better than trademark protection under some circumstances.


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Auditing intellectual property assets

by William M Borchard
on Dec 01, 2015

When, why and how you should conduct an IP audit.

 

 


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Protecting your trade secrets

by J. Christopher Jensen
on Oct 13, 2015

This is a short overview of the main aspects of trade secret law.


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Explaining the Creative Commons copyright license

creative commons copyright licenses

by William M. Borchard
on Sep 10, 2015

Here is a simplified explanation of the mysterious Creative Commons license notices or icons you sometimes see with electronic or printed copyrighted material.


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#trademarkinghashtags

by Joel Karni Schmidt
on Jun 30, 2015

How and when to trademark a hashtag.


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Why is your trademark counsel so picky?

by William M Borchard
on Jun 09, 2015

Technical use requirements differ for trademarks and service marks.


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The U.S. Government can stop imports you did not authorize

unauthorized fake imports

by Deborah K. Squiers and C. J. Erickson
on May 12, 2015

Stop counterfeits and grey market goods at the door simply and inexpensively.


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How a company name can be a trademark

trademark company name

by William M Borchard
on Mar 10, 2015

There are similarities and differences between a company name and a trademark or service mark.


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Determining whether an older work is still protected by copyright

older copyright checklist

by Thomas Kjellberg
on Feb 24, 2015

The fact that a work is old does not necessarily mean it is in the public domain.


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Unofficial Trademark Solicitations

by William M Borchard
on Feb 03, 2015

How to avoid unnecessary payments to scam artists.


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Dealing with a patent infringement claim

patent infringement claim

by Mark Montague and J. Christopher Jensen
on Jan 20, 2015

You have various options when you receive a letter accusing you of patent infringement.


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What your mark means in another language may affect its U.S. registrability.

Trademarks in other languages

by William M. Borchard
on Jan 06, 2015

The translation of a registered mark may be barred from registration in the United States.


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Dealing with a notice from China that someone is going to register a domain name incorporating your trademark.

Chinese scam alert

by William M. Borchard
on Dec 16, 2014

Recognizing domain name scams.


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Avoiding importation problems by getting an advance ruling letter from Customs

by Don M. Obert
on Dec 02, 2014

Lock in a Customs ruling on tariff, country of origin, marking, valuation, admissibility or duty preference.


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When the symbols ® and ™ should and should not be used

by William M. Borchard
on Nov 18, 2014

What is the difference between the trademark symbols ® and ™?


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What personal planning documents you need in addition to a will

by Robert J. Giordanella and Peter R. Porcino
on Nov 04, 2014

Everyone should provide his or her loved one with a durable power of attorney, a health care directive and a HIPAA power . . . just in case.


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Choosing a New Trademark

by William M Borchard
on Oct 21, 2014

In selecting a new trademark, what type of mark is best for marketing purposes as well as for legal purposes?

 


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We are pleased to announce our “On My Mind” Blog

by William M Borchard
on Oct 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce our “On My Mind” Blog, which will cover intellectual property topics and other subjects.  Examples of recently published and forthcoming postings include:

•    When can you say “MADE IN U.S.A.”?
•    What various packaging symbols mean
•    Choosing a new trademark
•    Is an older work still in copyright?
•    How you can respond to a patent infringement claim
•    Personal planning documents you need in addition to a will


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What those various packaging symbols mean

What those various packaging symbols mean

by William M. Borchard
on Oct 07, 2014

Trademark symbols should not be confused with other frequently used symbols:


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When can you say, "MADE IN U.S.A."?

by Jeffrey H. Epstein
on Sep 14, 2014

When may you properly claim that your product is "MADE IN U.S.A."?


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