Benjamin Appelbaum, Attorney at Law

September 2016 Archives

How to describe goods and services under a trademark

When New Jersey business owners decide to trademark their names, logos and symbols, they will need to form descriptions of the goods and services their businesses offer. These lists are reviewed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and can determine if a business's goods and services are too similar to others previously registered. Competitors may also use these descriptions to determine if they can get away with creating a similar product.

The Slants and the Redskins may head to the Supreme Court

New Jersey football and rock fans alike might be interested in a pair of cases that may be heading to the Supreme Court this year. The cases, involving an Asian-American rock band named "The Slants" and the Washington Redskins, deal with the pair's fight to trademark their respective names in the face of a federal law prohibiting trademark protection for names considered offensive.

The interview process and intellectual property

An interview is a time when a job candidate and a New Jersey employer have a relatively frank exchange of ideas. However, it may not be a good idea to share too much when it comes to intellectual property. It is important to note that an idea itself is not eligible for protection. Only artistic expressions such as a painting or a book could be copyrighted while patents only apply to unique inventions.

Licensing agreements in New Jersey for intellectual property

If you're considering allowing others to use your intellectual property that's subject to a licensing agreement, it's important for you to make certain that the agreement will not decrease the value of your property. Using boilerplate agreements is not a good idea. If you do so, you run the risk of compromising the value of your property.

Keyword use questioned in online trademark dispute case

The Internet has changed modern life in myriad ways from the way people communicate to individual shopping habits. The ubiquitous nature of the Internet has also made a profound impact on advertising and marketing, sparking many questions and disputes about trademark infringement and intellectual property rights. A case involving the company Edible Arrangements, which has dozens of locations in New Jersey, against an industry rival has brought key issues to light.

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