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Andrei Iancu Confirmed as Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office

Andrei Iancu has been confirmed by the United States Senate as the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and the next Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Iancu was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 94-0.

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How to stop employee theft

We’ve all heard stories about employees stealing products, supplies and even money from their employers.  But one of the biggest issues facing today’s employer is the theft of what is sometimes considered soft assets – the client list, trade secrets, intellectual property or proprietary data. We briefly went over this topic in another article you […]

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Cancels Redskins Trademark

On Wednesday June 18, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six Washington Redskins trademarks citing that the football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus in violation of federal trademark laws banning offensive or disparaging language. This topic has been a hot one in the world of intellectual property law the last […]

WM Attorneys Support The Scott Center For Autism Treatment

The attorneys of Widerman Malek, PL attended the Evening of Hope VI this past weekend to support The Scott Center For Autism Treatment. The event is in its sixth year, and the support of our community for The Scott Center has never been stronger.  The Scott Center specializes in working with children with autism and […]

Patent and Trademark Office Closed on March 3, 2014

USPTO Closed on March 3, 2014 due to weather.

Why Dumb Starbucks Made A Dumb Trademark Move

When the Dumb Starbucks store showed up late last week in Los Angeles, there was a lot of media attention on it. One defense that I heard in the media was that it was a parody of a Starbucks store and, therefore, it was probably ok. That’s not exactly the case.

Trademark Fun – McDonald’s v. McDowell’s

Trademarks can be so confusing. Is it ok to use the same trademark as someone else? A detailed analysis must be conducted before answering such a question. A great example of the type of analysis that occurs in trademark law can be found in the movie Coming to America.

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights – What’s the Difference?

Many people tend to confuse the types of intellectual property protections that are available to them. In short, a patent protects the function of an invention, a trademark protections a name and/or logo that may be used to identify the source of goods and/or services, and a copyright is meant to protect original works of authorship.

What is the Power of a Brand???

Apple launched the iPhone and it completely revolutionized the mobile phone market. Mobile phones powered by the Android OS soon became Apple’s chief competitor. Samsung is now Apple’s main rival in mobile phone market. How did this happen? Samsung has spent an increasing amount of money on advertising. Samsung has successfully separated their S series […]

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