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Feb 13, 2017

Investing in a small business

Investing in a small business has always been, is currently, and most likely always will be one of the most popular ways individuals and families begin the journey to financial independence; a way to create, nurture, and grow an asset that, when intelligently run under the right conditions, throws off surplus cash to provide not only a good standard of living, but to fund other investments.  Still, it isn't uncommon, at least in nations with...
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Oct 17, 2018

Copyright Office DENIES American Airlines Request to Copyright its Logo

The United States Copyright Office has just denied American Airline's efforts to COPYRIGHT its logo.  The Copyright Office stated that the logo did not contain the requisite creativity in it's opinion. The Copyright Office has denied the Airline's application three times dating back to 2016. Although American Airlines does have TRADEMARK protection, COPYRIGHT protection/registration would provide a much broader set of protections.Specifically, section 102 of the Copyright Act...
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Aug 15, 2018

Reebok loses TRADEMARK battle over the use of Conor McGregor's Name

A European based fashion brand by the name of "McGregor" filed suit against Reebok and claimed that Reebok's clothing line with the UFC star, Conor Mcgregor, would cause confusion with it's customers.  The Amsterdam based business owns the trademark "McGregor."  The ruling from the Hague District Court just came down and required Reebok to halt from selling some of its McGregor based items in Europe and further required Reebok to pay the other side's legal fees. The...
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Jun 11, 2017

Small Business Investment Company Program

A multi-billion dollar program founded in 1958, the SBIC Program is one of many financial assistance programs available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The structure of the program is unique in that SBICs are privately owned and managed investment funds, licensed and regulated by SBA, that use their own capital plus funds borrowed with an SBA guarantee to make equity and debt investments in qualifying small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration does not invest...
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Aug 04, 2018

New Supreme Court Ruling Changes Recoverable Damages in Patent Infringement Cases!

In a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court has just ruled that a patent owner may recover lost foreign profits for infringement under 35 U.S.C. 271(f)(2).  This ruling rejects the Federal Court’s long standing exclusion of lost profits as a damage for foreign sales.  Patent Owners rejoice, Defendants can no longer claim an absolute prohibition against foreign damages when the patent owner proves infringement under §271(f)(2). WesternGeco LLC v. ION...
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Aug 02, 2018

What Happens After a Nonprovisional Patent Application is Filed?

One of the most common questions inventors and applicants have after determining whether to file a patent application, and what type, is what happens now after filing?  Well, here’s a good summary of that process.After a nonprovisional patent application is filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), it will get assigned to a particular art unit in which the claimed invention falls under, and assigned to a particular examiner within that art unit where it is...
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