Trademark Rights In A #HashTag

March 12, 2016

Trademark law update regarding hashtags based on US IP law. By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq., The Jacobson Firm, P.C. As social media and digital marketing and promotions continue to dominate the business world, there is an increased importance on unique branded promotional campaigns. In today’s world, dominated by social media, one new key brand development […]

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Finding Hidden Prior art in Images

February 11, 2016

First published to (republished here with permission) How I can find a hidden prior art? Doesn’t this question bug everyone of us when we conduct an invalidation search? While some of us try new strategies to excavate one, other explore databases that have not yet been explored. To sum it up, we all rely on text […]

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Is intellectual Property really that important for your business?

January 31, 2016

As drivers of business success and competitive advantage, intangible assets represent most of the value in today’s businesses. However, as we know, for most SMEs these assets remain under-exploited and underestimated. A survey conducted by The Financial Times found that of 451 company owners, only 6% value their intellectual property at anything more than 10% […]

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Protecting the intellectual property of your website

November 19, 2015

If you own a website, it’s vital that you protect your intellectual property to avoid it being stolen from you. If you fail to put this kind of protection in place, others could make money from your hard work and reputation. Whether it’s an e-commerce website, blog or any other kind of website, it’s vital […]

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Ten things that set the Australian patent system apart from the US patent system

October 13, 2015

Filing is simpler – there is no need to file a Power of Attorney, Oath, Declaration, Assignment or any similar formal document. ‑> Convention and national phase filing requirements Examination is not automatic, but rather must be requested, usually by about 45 months from the priority date. ‑> more ‘Allowance’ is called ‘acceptance’ – Australian standard patent […]

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Opportunity to Study Privacy Law in Amsterdam Summer 2015

February 18, 2015

The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law will be holding its third annual Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy from July 6-10, 2015. The course will focus on privacy law and policy related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media. It will feature a faculty of leading experts from the […]

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India’s Position in the Global IP Environment: Critical Analysis

August 12, 2014

In the Current Global scenario, India seems to reflect quite a low key IP Index. The Promotion of Innovation means rendering adequate protection to Innovators & Investors, consequentially attracting world class research and development, and creating and sustaining high-quality future jobs through a robust intellectual property (IP) structure. Though in 2010, the then President of […]

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The Key Facts about Trademarks

July 23, 2014

It’s thought that more than half of small businesses in the UK are failing to protect their intellectual property in an adequate way. Without intellectual property such as logos and company names being registered, rival companies can easily use them to make money – and their victims may find that they have no legal comeback. […]

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Who Gave Away Your Firm’s IP Today?

January 17, 2014

It Might Have Been You Every firm, company, organisation or body owns intellectual property and proprietary information. This is the stuff hackers and cyber criminals crave as much as your bank account details and PIN numbers, yet we seem amazingly cavalier about governing what may happen to it outside of our defended network. How many […]

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Elements of An IP Audit – A check list

January 17, 2014

The word audit may conjure scary images of tax laws and big government, but the benefits resulting from IP audits can be substantial. Intellectual property is now the most valuable asset of many businesses, yet business managers often do not dedicate the resources necessary to capture and protect intellectual property. Ernest Graf, Principal and Head […]

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