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A Trademark is Not a Copyright or a Patent


To Our Clients, Colleagues and Friends:

We are pleased to inform you that the 2018 edition of my article “A Trademark is Not a Copyright or a Patent” is now available.

Aside from various minor changes, the principal changes this year are: we deleted the statement that scandalous, immoral and disparaging trademarks are not registrable; we added a specific reference that state law governs sound recordings made before 1978; we added that components exported for assembly abroad may constitute prior art that could preclude a U.S. patent applied for more than one year later; we added that, once a U.S. patented item is sold anywhere in the world, restrictions cannot be placed on it; and we added that components intended for assembly abroad into devices patented in the U.S. are not infringing.

We will be pleased to continue to supply printed copies free of charge.  Please email to request whatever number of printed copies you would like us to send you. 

A link to the online version of this article can be found here.

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