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House Bill Introduced to Roll Back AIA, Eliminate Alice

Josh Conley \ July 18, 2018

A bipartisan House bill entitled “Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018” has been introduced to revert the U.S. patent system to “first-to-invent” rather than “first-to-file.” H.R. 6264 also seeks to rid many post-grant proceedings, including inter partes..

Is Bringing on In-House Counsel the Right Move?

Josh Conley \ June 28, 2018

Your business is growing and with it is an ever-expanding intellectual property portfolio that carries a significant cost. It is starting to look like the best option to manage the portfolio is hiring in-house counsel. There are a lot of misconceptions that go along with this..

The Patent Process: What you need to know

Zarley Law \ June 26, 2018

There are many avenues an inventor can take to get an invention patented. Here is a general outline of the patent process so you are aware and prepared.

win for red bottoms: louboutin's signature sole color found trademark-worthy in eu

La'Cee A. Conley \ June 15, 2018

The red soled high heels of French designer Christian Louboutin have been gracing the red carpet since 1992 and recently saw further attention from Cardi B’s track “Bodak Yellow.”  A favorite of celebrities and Real Housewives alike, the CL brand has become known for its..

What is a trademark?

Zarley Law \ May 29, 2018

A trademark is a word(s), a symbol, or a combination of both that identifies a source of a good or service. While some use the term servicemark to identify a mark related to a service, the terms “trademark” and “servicemark” may be used interchangeably. 

What is a patent?

Zarley Law \ May 15, 2018

A patent is a federal right that allows the owner to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the claimed invention. In exchange for disclosing an invention, the inventor is granted a time-limited monopoly.

What is a copyright?

Zarley Law \ May 01, 2018

Copyright is a form of automatic protection granted to an author of an original work. A copyright is awarded the moment a creative expression is put into a tangible form. A copyright protects any literary, artistic or musical materials created.

Is Confluence causing confusion? A local lawsuit raises questions on trademarks

Zarley Law \ April 23, 2018

Who owns the rights to the word confluence? Apparently, nobody.

USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover

Josh Conley \ March 21, 2018

The United States Trademark and Patent Office unveiled the new patent cover for issued patents on Sunday at SXSW in Austin, Texas.  The redesign is only the second change to the cover in the past century, and overall, the cover has only been altered less than a dozen times. 

The Use of Blockchain in Intellectual Property Management

Maddy LeDuc \ March 19, 2018

Blockchain technology is having a bit of a moment right now. With the ups and downs of the volatile Bitcoin market frequently making the news, people are more aware of cryptocurrency than ever before. However, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are just one application among..