Intellectual Property

Intellectual property vs. trade secrets

If your business develops or acquires new information, there is more than one option to secure your IP rights.  Patent laws are the most common source of protection for inventors, but some IP owners choose to rely on trade secrets to prohibit misappropriation of their ideas. Why do some companies choose to patent their innovation while […]

Trademarking Colors – It’s not always black and white

We have certainly seen the colour of many corporations’ money when it comes to protecting a particular shade that is precious to their brand. We had the hard fought battle of Cadbury, who first began legal proceedings back in 2004, when it applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office to trademark the colour purple, or […]

Clearing trademarks for the Big Screen

The Hollywood Reporter recently broke a story saying that a former video game executive from Germany may have all the merchandise trademarks for the forthcoming Sony film “The Emoji Movie”. The article claimed that Sony could face a legal spat, as Marco Husges, founder of the The Emoji Co., created more than 3,000 of his […]

The third age of patent search tools

Patent searching has evolved tremendously in recent years and it’s time to consider what the next decade of patent search looks like. Why do we search patents? Historically, the primary use-case was to find prior art for a potential patent application or for an existing patent. The patent world was effectively self-contained, with inventors and […]

Trademark lawsuit filings the height of fashion

The latest report by legal analytics firm, Lex Machina, has revealed that fashion brands rank high on a list of companies who are consistently monitoring unauthorised uses of their names and logos. The fashion press say that Lex Machina’s annual trademark litigation year in review report, which analysed the U.S. district court filings from January […]

What EU Classification means to your brand

Towards the end of last year the European Union (EU) parliament approved the EU trademark reform package, which came into effect in March. On the surface there are a few changes to take note of — like the name change of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and amendments to the fees […]

Six strategies for policing brands in the Information Age

In today’s global, digital marketplace, the risk of trademark infringement that damages brand equity has never been greater. It is essential to have a comprehensive, global strategy for detecting infringement rapidly and acting early to defend trademarks across all channels. In this white paper, trademark protection expert Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme of Pryor Cashman LLP discusses the […]

Trademark due diligence for Mergers and Acquisitions

During mergers or acquisitions, organizations need to take stock of their valuable brand assets. Reviewing and validating trademark rights is an essential step for due diligence, helping avoid costly surprises. This brief explains what trademark validation is, why it is an important step in a merger or acquisition, and how it helps reduce risk for […]

Happy 75th Anniversary to the Jeep® Patent!

The patent for the Jeep recently turned 75 years old. Issued on April 7, 1942, United States Patent No. 2,278,450 is titled “Military vehicle body,” according to the IP Watchdog. The patent itself describes the versatility we’ve come to know Jeeps for, showing just how visionary it was at the time it was conceived.