IP & Social Media

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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Post image for How to Manage Your Business’s Online Reputation

Not strictly information concerning legal issues . . . but if you don’t properly manage your company’s online reputation, you could find all sorts of trouble a-brewing for your business.  Check out the article written by my colleague, Jennifer Schiff, in SmallBusinessComputing.com

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Post image for Employees and Electronic Workplaces

As my mother is fond of saying, “Watch what you wish for–you may get it.” That certainly applies to the ways in which technology has made an impact on our workplaces. On the one hand, it has opened up a wonderful world of flexibility, new business arrangements and ease of automation. On the other, it […]

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