IP Insights

Congratulations! You have a trademark (or service mark). Now you need to make sure to protect that valuable business asset. Read More »
Fair use has been getting tossed around a lot lately, especially regarding parody. Between llamas on the loose and The Dress was the joy of Brody and his bar mitzvah video. Read More »
Over the past few weeks, New York, London, Milan and Paris have been showing off the fashions that will be “it” for the fall. In Europe, fashion designs may be eligible for industrial design protection. However, in the United States, there is no such specific protection. Read More »
A provisional patent application can allow inventors to explore the market for a product before investing lots of money in a non-provisional patent application. There is a trade-off, though. Read More »
The Copyright Office has been very clear, copyright law does not protect recipes that are “mere listings of ingredients.” However, copyright protection may extend to something like a cookbook that has substantial literary expression... Read More »
Currently, design patents are typically sought through country-by-country filing and prosecution. However, on May 13, 2015 options for inventors of designs will change. Read More »
Did you know that the United States Patent and Trademark Office operates a secret program not mentioned in any USPTO published rule or any law called the Sensitive Application Warning System or SAWS? Read More »
The Trademark Manual of Examining Procedures makes it clear that a title, or a portion of a title, of a single creative work must be refused registration. However, Ms. Swift is not registering these lyrics for her song or album. Read More »