IP & Social Media

Post image for Basic Training: Online Images–Can I Use ‘Em?

A wise tax attorney colleague of mine once said, “Tax deductible does not mean ‘free.’ ” Likewise, fat-free does not mean calorie-free.  And freely viewable (online) does not mean you can freely take it and use it for your own purposes. This week’s Basic Training query wonders if it’s OK to take images found on […]

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Post image for Ideas And Their Protection

Q: I’m an independent/freelance software developer by profession. Over the past last few months I came up with an innovative idea for a web-based-to-mobile-device business solution.  I’ve tested it and, suffice it to say, it works.  I was contacted by one of the leading global telecommunication giants, who expressed interest in talks that might reveal […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Ants and Aardvarks in the Trademark World

Q: I have a small business in which I sell bails for jewelry. Another company (of course larger than mine) is claiming I’m infringing when the two items don’t even look alike. What should I do?  A: For those of us Saturday morning cartoon fiends, this is reminiscent of the Ant and the Aardvark. The aardvark, much […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Zap, Zing, Zowie!–the Sound of One Trademark Lawsuit Clapping

Q: I want to sell goods online. There is a specific product which I can get for a very low price. The problem is that it may be a fake. The name is a well-known name, but I think it is a copy. Can I get in trouble by selling fake goods on the internet? A: The short answer […]

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Post image for Score 1 for The Good Guys–How StartUp Nation Fought Back

Here’s an encouraging story about how someone fought back against a Twitter-jacker–and won!  StartUp Nation founder Rich Sloan outlines how he found out that someone had co-opted StartUp Nation’s identity on Twitter and the steps he took to resolve the situation . . . and without incurring huge legal fees.  Read through the comments, too, […]

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Do your employees use email for company correspondence? Do your business partners conduct research on the Internet? Does your company regularly back up and store the contents of its company computers? If so, your business is ripe for an electronic media and communications policy. It’s called by several names — communications policy, user guidelines, electronic […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Tackling Copyright Infringement of Your Blog

With so much stuff on the internet available and ripoff-able, what steps can we take to fight back? Q: I have several blogs, and I wrote several articles that I have published to article directories. Doing research on my topics I found my article posted on another website and another author put his name to […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Is Selling Replicas Kosher?

I like street fairs as much as the next gal (maybe more!), but can Kate Spade r-e-a-l-l-y be selling those charming handbags for only $10? Q:  Is there any way I can I sell replicas legally in the United States?  How can I be sure I’m being protected? A:  It is absolutely illegal to sell […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Rights to Software (or other IP) Distribution

Q: My company is into trading of plastic and software products. I have tied up with an individual in London who owns copyright on a security software. I would like to be his distributor for African and Asian regions, as I have resellers in those regions who have orders for the same. My question to […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Pursuing Patent Protection . . . 20 Years Later?

Q.:  I’m wondering– is it still possible that I can capitalize on an idea/concept that is 21 years old.  I was diligent in obtaining corporate backing-so I contacted several corporations that were big in the industry. I was trying to indulge in as many contacts as possible. I guess I talked to the wrong person […]

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