It appears that Scott Pruett, the legendary race car driver, is also a wine connoisseur. Wine hobbyists are common in America, but Pruett has turned a wine hobby into a full-blown business. Wine Spectator Magazine has placed Pruett Vineyard's 2014 Syrah wine equivalent to the best in the world.
What is the main purpose of having a trademark? It makes your goods or services recognizable in the marketplace. The more popular your goods or services become, the more you want them to be known and recognized under an exclusive trademark.
The use of social media has become second nature to most of us in today's world. We have all become so accustomed to using social media that we may post content online without even thinking about it. In most cases, this practice is harmless, but if an employee posts content related to work without a second thought, it may compromise your trade secrets.
When you look back at the history of music, it is easy to see patterns in which artists borrowed heavily from other creative musical minds. At one time, not much happened to prevent or dissuade this practice, but about 50 years ago, artists began to take a more serious stance against plagiarism.
As intellectual property attorneys intent on helping our clients as effectively as possible, we may sometimes forget that certain terminology might sound like gibberish to the other people. The phrase, "likelihood of confusion" is one such term. It is used in trademark law as a means to prove infringement. In this post, we will talk about likelihood of confusion so that you will not be, well, confused about the term.
From the moment you file an application to protect your invention, you do have rights under patent law. However, until the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approves your application for a patent, protection for your invention may be somewhat limited. Taking it phase by phase, the sections below describe your rights during the process of applying for and acquiring a patent.