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Legal Implications of NFTs

Legal Implications of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)

We recently covered NFTs here, but due to the heightened interest regarding this topic, here’s a deeper dive into Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that have taken the blockchain industry by storm. An NFT is a type of cryptocurrency asset wherein each ite… Read More
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Court Protects Cake Frosting as “Trade Dress”

A federal court in Denbra IP Holdings, LLC d/b/a Nothing Bundt Cakes v. Kerri Thornton d.b.a. All About Bundt Cakes granted a cake company’s motion for a preliminary injunction, finding that a rival cake company’s frosting patterns violated the f… Read More
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Are Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) Intellectual Property?

What’s a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) and is it a form of intellectual property (IP)? First, some background on NFTs. As the New York Times explains, An NFT is an asset verified using blockchain technology, in which a network of computers records trans… Read More
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Protecting Common Words or Phrases as Trademarks

Many people seem to think that they can get “first dibs” on a common word or phrase by filing a trademark – and then sell the mark for a lot of money. But it’s a lot more complicated than that. First of all, it’s perfectly OK to use a commo… Read More
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Recent Patent Developments in the Autonomous Vehicle Market

Large companies around the world continue to file patents for autonomous vehicles (AVs). AVs can improve road safety while lowering the environmental footprint of vehicles. Among those recently issued, some interesting ones are Apple’s Project Tita… Read More
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Understanding the AI Patent Landscape

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued a report on the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the world in general and on the patent system specifically. The USPTO even used AI to compile its report. It used a machine… Read More
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Protecting Recipes and Food as Intellectual Property

If you’re involved in the food service industry, how can you protect your business from unauthorized copying of your recipes and food? Are those things even protectable? Trade Secrets As we discussed in this recent blog, one way to protect confiden… Read More
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Stopping Dangerous Counterfeit Goods in the COVID-19 Era

Counterfeit COVID-19 products endanger health and hurt US companies. A stalled Senate bill could stop more fakes from getting in. Read More
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Multiple Color Package Designs Can Be Distinctive and Trademarked

The Federal Circuit recently overturned the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s decision in In re Forney Industries, Inc., Case No. 2019-1073 (Fed. Cir. April 8, 2020), which had refused to grant trademark protection to a gradient of multip… Read More
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