You Can Get Sued for Using These 7 Colors in Your Designs

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 10:07

It’s essential to note that trademarking a color is different from ownership of a color. Color trademarks are valid only within the same industry. For example, Ford can’t sue HP for using a similar shade of blue, because they are not selling competing products.

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Color Branding & Trademark Rights

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 09:57

The color of a brand is different from a color trademark. Even though a TM or ® symbol may appear on a brand's image, it does not mean there are any legal rights to the color or colors.
The TM and ® marks on the Mc Donald's and Starbucks images below means that the company has claimed rights to the image (the symbol or word or combination of both).

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Additive Manufacturing – IP Challenges in Modern Day Manufacturing

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 09:50

Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) has been hitting the news for several years now, but with the speed of technological development only increasing, it is becoming inevitable that this new manufacturing technique is going to have a transformational effect on all kinds of manufacturing, and, consequently on IP protection.

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A Brief Analysis of Nepal’s First National IP Policy

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 09:16

Earlier this year, the Nepal Government released its long-awaited first national intellectual property policy, after becoming the first least developed country (LDC) to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 23 April 2004.

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The Overlicensed Society

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 08:40

Unemployment postrecession remains stubbornly high, yet states throughout the U.S. have been requiring that an ever increasing fraction of workers be licensed before they can offer their services or open a business—about 30% today, up from just 10% in 1970, according to thorough studies by the University of Minnesota professor Morris Kleiner. And the problem is concentrated in the services sector, where roughly 80% of Americans (an even higher fraction if government employees are excluded) actually work.

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Does Intellectual Property Lead to Economic Growth? Insights from an Improved IP Dataset

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 08:29

YWhile policymakers often make bold claims on the positive impact of intellectual property (IP) rights on both developed and developing country economies, the empirical literature is more ambiguous. IP rights have both incentive and inhibitory effects that are difficult to isolate in the abstract and dependent on economic context. To unravel these contradictory effects, this article introduces an index that evaluates the strength of IP…

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Give a Little, Get a Little

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 08:24

Most companies view handing intellectual property to an outsourcer as delivering the castle keys to marauders. Outsourcers need access to customer names, automated business processes, and their clients’ homegrown software to do their jobs. But unscrupulous contractors can also do a job on clients. Businesses such as Apple Computer and Pearl Investments, a Portland, Maine–based hedge fund, have sued their service providers for revealing company secrets or for using client systems for their own gain.

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Song Titles and Trademarks: The Eagle(s) Have Landed

Submitted by editor on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:28

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of “classic rock,” there are some songs that everybody knows. The song Hotel California by the Eagles is one of those songs. Not everyone likes the Eagles (looking at you, Dude), but most people at least like Hotel California. So it’s no surprise that the Eagles want to prevent others from trying to make money off the name. Most recently, the band filed an opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to oppose an application to register the mark HOTEL CALIFORNIA...

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Help! Someone Copied My Stuff!

Submitted by editor on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:20

At some point in this digital age, almost every individual or business in the creative space will discover that somebody has copied them. You may see it yourself, or you may get the stomach-dropping “Doesn’t this look an awful lot like…..” e-mail from a friend..

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Pass the…Creative Work

Submitted by editor on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:56

I laughed when I saw yesterday’s Adweek article about Heinz adopting Don Draper’s “Pass the Heinz” pitch from the hit show “Mad Men.” Given the lackluster creativity observed from the Super Bowl ads, have we actually reached a point where a creative says “hey remember that Mad Men episode? let’s just do that!” and the client agrees? I hope not, and I have to believe that that isn’t what happened here.

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