We work hard protecting our clients’ intellectual property assets and we get just as excited as our clients when our work pays off with a granted patent or trademark. Today we received two granted patents in the mail. These patents are valuable assets for this company, and we are excited for them moving forward. We…

I recently wrote about the United States joining the Hague Agreement for industrial designs and the benefit of design patents in a patent portfolio. This weekend I was in a local sporting goods store and I saw a great example of effectively using design patents to protect intellectual property. A fishing lure company that manufactures…

Earlier this month, Kris Jenner (of E’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians) filed a trademark application seeking protection for MOMAGER for use in connection with “entertainment services, namely, providing information in the fields of entertainment and pop culture” in International Class 41. Jenner Communications Inc. already owns one federally registered trademark for MOMAGER. That registration…

Last night, Source One and Mobile Bay Reporting hosted an event for local young lawyers. I attended the event on behalf of the firm and received a Swallet. This neoprene wallet is packed full of intellectual property and is a great example of how a company can properly protect its most valuable assets—its intellectual property!…

Speak Chinese? We don’t either, but apparently Michael Jordan is known as “Qiaodan” in China and wants control over the name. In 2012, Jordan sued Qiaodan Sports, a Chinese company he accuses of using his name and jersey number, 23, to sell goods without his consent. Perhaps surprisingly, Qiaodan Sports has prevailed before two courts,…

U.S. begins participation in the Hague Agreement on industrial designs Starting on May 13, 2015, the United States began participating in the Hague Agreement on industrial designs​ . The Hague Agreement provides a streamlined process for filing design applications in multiple countries through a single application. Many countries have participated in the Hague Agreement for…

In 2012, a federal appeals court held that shoe designer Christian Louboutin was entitled to trademark protection for his red-soled shoes, except when the alleged infringing shoe is entirely red. That ruling apparently did not hold much influence in Europe, as Louboutin filed suit in 2013 against Dutch brand Van Haren for selling black and…

Forming a patent strategy is one of my favorite parts about being a patent lawyer. In so doing I get the opportunity to really understand my clients’ businesses and objectives. Many times, forming a patent strategy begins with analyzing my clients’ patent portfolios. What is a patent portfolio? A patent portfolio is a collection of…

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