Benjamin Appelbaum, Attorney at Law

October 2016 Archives

A company can own trademarks that are not registered

Trademarks are names and symbols that help consumers in New Jersey and around the country to identify the products and services that they want to purchase again. By trademarking a catchy name or a memorable logo, a business can make sure that its customers can find its products again. At the same time, trademarks can help consumers to remember the products and services that they do not want to purchase again.

Court known for ruling for patent trolls changing approach

New Jersey companies that hold patents have likely heard of patent trolls. Patent trolls are people or companies that buy unused patents and then sue large companies with the goal of extracting money from them. In the past, many patent trolls chose to file their cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas because of favorable decisions they received there.

The importance of intellectual property

One of the most valuable assets of a New Jersey business can be its intellectual property. When it is managed properly, intellectual property can help businesses owners be competitive and profitable in their industry.

Apple receives major win in patent case against Samsung

New Jersey smartphone users may be interested in learning that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has overturned an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel of that court. The ruling reinstated a jury verdict against Samsung for Apple in the amount of $119.6 million.

Higher court rejects "bait and switch" trademark argument

New Jersey companies that need to protect a trademark may be interested in the outcome of one case that dealt with insect repellent products using the name "Bug Off". One was first sold in the early 1990s by a company called SunFeather. However, when SunFeather filed a federal trademark application in 2002, it was rejected on the grounds that two other companies had filed trademark applications for the same name in 1998. A fourth company, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., also filed an application in 2003 but was rejected for the same reason.

Benjamin Appelbaum, Attorney at Law - Intellectual Property

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