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How is Amazon’s Brand Registry Changing Trademark Strategies?

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As many of you know, Amazon’s IP policies can be difficult to work with and recently has been far too one sided in favor of the alleged rights holder. Up to now, it’s just been too easy to disrupt sales using an unjustified IP ownership claim. Fortunately, Amazon is making a move in the right direction with the Amazon Brand Registry system.

Contracts: They’re Meant to be Broken

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When growing up, there are two things my mother always told me: “Keep your promises” and “treat others the way you want to be treated”. I do my best to live by these sayings every day, and so do many of my clients. On a broader scale, these sayings provide us with moral values that build trust and generate cooperation within our communities. However, trouble arises when adjusting from a moral lens to a legal lens; keeping promises can lead to problematic situations. The problem is many people view a contract as a personal promise: it’s not.

Founder Stock 101

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When a business is set up, one very important consideration is the allocation of company shares. While this may sound simple, in reality it is anything but.

Online Markets: The Wild West of IP Rights

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Selling products on Amazon.com or other online marketplaces can be both difficult and rewarding. Amazon provides an easy platform from which to launch products, perform market testing and carry out marketing. There are plenty of benefits – and if you having listings that reach the top of the search results, profits are virtually guaranteed!

How to Deal with Patent Trolls

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Enforcing patents is important from a business perspective, however not every person seeking to enforce a patent is doing so in good faith. At some point or another all companies will have to deal with what I call a real “patent troll”. That is, not someone who enforces their rights in a manner that is intended by the system, but someone who goes ahead and says “Hey, I have a

Patent Trolls: Not so Ugly on the Second Glance

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You have probably heard it on the evening news, seen it in the newspaper or found it splashed across social media: patent trolls are ruining the US economy and must be stopped at all costs. Patent trolls – that is, non-practicing entities – do pose problems for companies that are operating either at the edge of

Trademarks: All About your Graphic Designer

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Trademarks are the most valuable long term asset a company can have. That being said, many large companies overlook their importance. I see it all too often: companies in the early stages of developing a brand identity willingly walk into future trademark and

What Your Non-Compete is Missing

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Every business owner should have a solid understanding of the fundamental legal statutes and rules of law that pertain to their business. Non-competition agreements are often overlooked in this respect or business owners may simply have the wrong information about how they actually work - giving them misplaced confidence. I want to give you the real facts.

How to Cultivate Amazing Patent Value

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As a company, you rely on your point of difference; great ideas that set your brand apart from the crowd really are the key to success. With this being the case, one can never underestimate the importance of patents. When companies head down the path of protecting intellectual property, they tend to focus on the idea itself

How to Avoid the Website Copyright Trap

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In the digital age, websites have become an essential marketing tool for the vast majority of start ups. A business website provides you with a vehicle for selling goods and services – yet so does Facebook Store, Amazon Marketplace,

How to Found Your Company for Success – Not Failure!

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As an attorney, one of the most difficult and unpleasant tasks I am faced with is sitting across the table from a client with a legal concern that is either too far gone or too expensive to correct. Often compounding the issue is that fact that the problem could have been minimised or avoided should the client have been more proactive.