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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS PRECEDENT PROHIBITING ROYALTY COLLECTION ON EXPIRED PATENTS

On June 22, 2015, U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the inventor of a Spiderman toy who claimed that a 50-year-old precedent barred him from collecting the royalties he was entitled to. The court declared collection of post-patent royalty as unlawful and upheld the precedent set by Brulotte vs. Thys Co.…

ARE YOU READY TO FILE FOR A PATENT?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents for the protection of inventions. Patent holders have the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention for a certain period of time. Filing a patent application is a complex process but it is necessary for the legal protection…

POWER OF ATTORNEY

In the event that you are incapable of making decisions for yourself, assigning the power of attorney to a trusted relative or loved one is important in protecting your assets. The power of attorney is a legal document where an individual, also known as the principal, can appoint another individual…

TRADEMARKING A NAME

You have probably seen a trademark symbol denoted by a small TM at the corner of a word or phrase, but what exactly does it mean? A trademark symbol is placed on a word or phrase that identifies a product or service provided by a particular source. Similar to a…

JUDGE UPHOLDS CANCELLATION OF REDSKINS TRADEMARK

The debate surrounding the Washington “Redskins” name and logo has been ongoing for over two decades. On July 8, 2015, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee upheld the earlier ruling of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and ordered the cancellation of the Redskins trademark. Lee agreed that the…