Best Practices To Protect Your Trademark Safe Use of Your Trademark – A Trademark is the words or images attached to an item or service that identify the source of the item or service to the consumer.Federal and international law protect trademarks so that consumers can purchase products with confidence, knowing that the item is…

Cannabis Business struggle To Trademark With USPTO No Trademarks for Cannabis? Not quite – Protecting your trademark is one of the most important things a new business can do. Every minute you spend on marketing increases your brand’s value, value that could be stolen by some competitor who starts using a confusingly similar name, logo,…

Freedom Of Information Act The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives citizens of the United States the right to ask the government to release documents, and unless the government can show cause for keeping something secret, they are required to turn it over. FOIA requests are generally used by reporters and activists to collect…

Sir Mix-A-Lot Sued Over Copyright Infringement David Ford, a/k/a DJ Punish filed a lawsuit against Anthony Ray, a/k/a Sir Mix-A-Lot on March 19, 2015. Ford is seeking a declaration to be named on copyright registrations at the Library of Congress on Baby Got Back, among other songs. Ford asserts that Sir Mix-a-Lot registered the copyright…

New Office To Harmonize Global Patent System The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has created a new office to harmonize the global patent system. The new office is named the Office of International Patent Cooperation. The USPTO’s deputy commissioner stated, “the USPTO had many successful programs fostering international patent cooperation prior to the…

Gleam Law Client’s Photography Featured By The Huffington Post Gleam Law’s client, photographer Michael Holden, shows his work in the Huffington Post. Holden is not a newcomer to publicity, having had his work in countless magazines and websites. One of his favorite subjects to photograph is Burning Man, the Nevada-based art festival with 70,000 participants. The…

Beastie Boys Awarded 1.7 Million From Monster The Beastie Boys won an award of $1.7mm against Monster Beverage Corp, the makers of Monster energy drinks. The Beastie Boys are known to take a hard-line against the use of their music for advertising (although there are some exceptions). Monster used the group’s music and likeness for…

PCT International Phase, Post Allowance, And Recordal Of Assignment Fees Reduced The United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) is reducing some of its fees. The USPTO is a fee driven department similar to the United States Post Office (USPS). What distinguishes the USPTO from the USPS is that the USPTO is in the black…

Google Removed 5.3 Million Alleged Copyright Infringement Sites In The Final Week Of September TorrentFreak.com reported that Google removed 5.3 million alleged copyright infringement sites in the final week of September. The take-down requests function under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 17 USC 5212 (c)(3)(A). While it is impossible to discern the total number…

Full Patent Downloads Now Available In late August 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has finally offered full patent downloads with images. This is a great leap forward for our patent office. In order to use this excellent added feature, simply search the USPTO website as usual. You will find the quick search link…