Category: Intellectual Property Protection

Is “Happy Birthday” Copyrighted?

One of the most well-known songs in the English language is “Happy Birthday.” In a recent ruling by the federal court, it was determined that the Happy Birthday lyrics are not protected by a valid copyright. The lawsuit was filed by filmmakers objecting to the hold on the song by Warner/Chappell Music. U.S. District Judge [..]

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Intellectual Property Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you run a large corporation or you own a small business, protecting your intellectual property (IP) is vital. One critical IP mistake could be devastating to your company. Below are a few considerations: Protect IP created by employees Many business owners make the mistake of assuming they own the IP created by their employees [..]

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The 4 Categories of Trademarks

Most people assume that all trademarks are equal and protected in the same way. However, trademarks are rated on a scale of one to four, with four being the highest rating. The higher the trademark rating, the more commercial allure it has or the more distinctive it is which means it is entitled to more [..]

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Trademarks and §8 Declarations

When you file a trademark, you may be required to file a §8 Declaration of Continued Use. This is a sworn statement made by the owner of the registration that the mark is in use in commerce. The name of the declaration comes from the statute that requires the filing – Section 8 of the [..]

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Could your Trademark Lead to Solicitations?

Filing a trademark is important to your business’s success, but you should also be aware that your filing is a matter of public record which can lead to you receiving an influx of solicitations. You should be aware that while these solicitations will look official, the majority of them are scams or parties looking for [..]

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Taylor Swift vs. Apple

Taylor Swift is being hailed as an artist with more business acumen than Apple, one of the world’s largest companies. With one social media post, Swift was able to convince Apple to reverse its decision not to pay artists for the initial three months on Apple Music. To her credit, Swift is the most popular [..]

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