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Thinking About Re-Branding?

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com Many brands that we know and easily recognize today have undergone re-branding campaigns by changing aspects ...

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Music Mogul Makes Bid To Enter Streaming Media Industry

Jay-Z the music mogul from Brooklyn, NY has already logged successful ventures in clothing, fragrance, and the management arenas. Now ...

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Elton John’s Copyright Woes – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #9

Elton John’s Copyright Woes – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #9

Music legend Elton John is filing his legal documents to dismiss a copyright infringement suit filed in Illinois back in ...

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The Top Five Things to Know About Domain Names that will Help You Stop Cybersquatters

With cyber crime on the rise, ICANN is looking to help businesses pushback against cybersquatters and avoid deep litigation costs. ...

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The Do's and Don't's About Selecting a Business Coach

When trying to ensure the success of one's business, it is often helpful to seek mentorship from a successful and ...

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Market Segmentation and Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a very important resource, and it is no surprise Forbes Magazine has called it among the most ...

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My Name and My Trademark… Yep, It’s the Same Thing!

Over the past two years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, has granted British singer and songwriter, Rita Ora, ...

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No Major Holiday Discounts for Michael Kors

Just when we thought the holiday season could not arrive any sooner, companies have already geared up for holiday shopping. ...

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First Step to Federally Protecting Your Trademark

By Ann Marie Sallusti | amdlawgroup.com Trademarks are not just a mark on a product. Trademarks make products identifiable to ...

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Thinking About Re-Branding?

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
Many brands that we know and easily recognize today have undergone re-branding campaigns by changing aspects of their logos and how they market to consumers. There are many reasons for re-branding, which include boosting sales and also revamping a company’s image.

Elton John’s Copyright Woes – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #9

Music legend Elton John is filing his legal documents to dismiss a copyright infringement suit filed in Illinois back in April by singer/songwriter Guy Hobbs. Hobbs alleges that the composer lyricist team of Elton Hohn and Bernie Taupin stole lyrics from his 1983 title “Natasha” for their title “Nikita” released two years later.

Market Segmentation and Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a very important resource, and it is no surprise Forbes Magazine has called it among the most important resources in the 21st century. Despite what product or service a business makes or provides, intellectual property is being created and used in some way. Whether it be a trademark or confidential information, it is important for a business to protect its intellectual property.

My Name and My Trademark… Yep, It’s the Same Thing!

Over the past two years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, has granted British singer and songwriter, Rita Ora, federal protection over the use of the mark “Rita Ora”. That’s right, her name is now registered as a valid trade and service mark for concert souvenirs, clothes, hair and makeup accessories, music recordings, and even her performances and/or services as a singer and songwriter.

No Major Holiday Discounts for Michael Kors

Just when we thought the holiday season could not arrive any sooner, companies have already geared up for holiday shopping. Starbucks has begun promoting its holiday red cup and seasonal flavors, while the Wall Street Journal has set up a “Christmas Sale Tracker” that updates every hour to help readers monitor prices for the “hottest gifts.” As consumers prepare to buy gifts, they typically are looking for popular items at the lowest price. Michael Kors, however, is not planning on offering any promotion deals.

First Step to Federally Protecting Your Trademark

By Ann Marie Sallusti | amdlawgroup.com
Trademarks are not just a mark on a product. Trademarks make products identifiable to consumers and are essentially the product that is being sold. Trademarks “may” be federally registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but registration is not mandatory in the United States. Unlike most countries, the United States follows the first to use rule when protecting trademark rights. The first to use rule protects the trademark rights of the first party who uses the trademark of a certain product or service in commerce. Therefore, if a creator satisfies the requirement of using the trademark in commerce in the United States, the creator’s work will be protected. On the other hand, most other countries follow the first to file rule when protecting trademark rights, which protects the trademark rights of the first party to file an application and receive registration for a certain product or service.

People must LIKE to sue Facebook

Originally posted 2013-02-18 19:01:00. “People must LIKE to sue Facebook” By. Kathleen Melhorn, AMD Law Staff Writer             For the umpteenth time, Facebook is facing copyright infringement charges this week. After a Dutch family realized Facebook had very similar features to the invention made by their deceased kin, a lawsuit was issued. A  Dutch programmer […]

Tebow Trades Cleats for CURE

Former NFL standout quarterback, now sports analyst, Timothy Richard Tebow has achieved much in his young career. Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner twice in college at The University of Florida, and has enjoyed a somewhat fulfilling career at the NFL level. These accomplishments, have allowed Tebow to take his brand international to create The Tebow CURE hospital. A hospital that will be dedicated to impoverished children in Davao City, Philippines.

Counterfeit Fashion

Originally posted 2013-03-13 19:01:49. By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com As many people’s wallets are getting tighter it seems more people are sacrificing buying genuine luxury goods and instead are investing in fake fashion goods. Counterfeit fashion and brand imitation is going on all over the world. Some people may unknowingly be buying fake products, as […]

Selling Counterfeits Online? Think Twice

In 2005, LVMH, a conglomerate that owns Louis Vuitton, Céline, Marc Jacobs, Möet & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, and several other luxury brands, brought an action in French court against Google for trademark infringement. Now, after a 10-year legal dispute, LVMH and Google have come to a settlement agreement and have decided to join together to fight the advertising and promotion of counterfeit products.

Beware of Nicknames and Trademarks

You might think that you are just using an innocent nickname but on the other hand maybe you are not. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel teamed up with JMAN2 Enterprises LLC in December during football season to trademark, “Johnny Football.” However, neither the company nor Manziel cannot proceed to make money until he is out of the NCAA.