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Movements in Fashion: Gender Neutral Fashion Styling

One of the new trends circulating in the fashion industry is gender-neutral fashion. Natalia Manzocco, the owner of Future is the Future, is a part of this movement. Future is the Future is a website that sells gender-neutral clothing and accessories.

Manzocco, a resident of Canada, spends hours on websites sifting through preowned pieces that can highlight both men’s muscles and women’s curves. The 27-year-old is on a crusade to break gender divisions in stores. Manzocco’s crusade began when she wanted to mix menswear pieces into her own wardrobe.

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Chanel Sues Chanel

Chanel, the corporation, claimed that Chanel’s Salon, LLC and Chanel Jones committed trademark infringement and trademark dilution of its brand name CHANEL. Because Chanel Jones used the trade names CHANEL’S SALON and CHANEL’S COSMETOLOGY SALON without Chanel’s permission, the industry filed a lawsuit alleging that she impinged on the company’s intellectual property rights. Prior to the lawsuit, Chanel sent a letter requesting Chanel Jones to change the name of her salon but there was no response and attempts to settle the dispute were unsuccessful.

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Do You Hear the Sweet Sound of Copyright Protection for your Melodies?

Copyright exists the moment something is put in a tangible form.  It is an exclusive legal right, a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. The length of time that a work is protected by copyright for a work first published after January 1, 1978, is the life of the author plus 70 years. 

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Developments in Biotechnology and Genetic Licensing

The global biotechnology sector is rapidly expanding. This expansion is leading to more discoveries and innovations than ever before. The field of biotechnology is based upon the controlled and deliberate manipulation of biological systems for the manufacture or processing of useful products. Biological systems are living cells and their cellular and molecular components. Genetic splicing was modernized in 1971 by Paul Berg, a professor at Stanford University in California.  The study of biotechnology wad further enhanced by Herbert W. Boyer from the University of California and Stanley N. Cohen from Stanford.  Boyer and Cohen advanced developed a way to transfer genetic material by encasing it in bacterium.  The ability to transfer genetic material is crucial to the ability to reproduce the material making the process of manipulating genetic material commercially viable.  

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Nike Sues Former Designers Who Left to Work for Adidas

The ongoing battle for supremacy between Nike and Adidas has recently reached a new level. Last week, Nike initiated a suit against three former designers who decided to leave Nike for their competitor Adidas. The suit ask for upwards of $10 million in damages.

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Trump’s Copyright Battle with Queen

With GOP nominee Donald Trump’s recent antics and remarks, it does not come as a shock that Queen is less than pleased and trying to fight back against Trump’s use of the band’s famous hit “We Are the Champions.”

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The Basics of the USPTO Supplemental Register

Business starts with a brand and that brand should be protected.  Trademark registration is one of the modes of brand protection.   If you have gone through the trademarking process you might soon become familiar with the supplemental register.  The goal is to get onto the principal register and NOT the supplemental register.  If you can make it to the supplemental register that is good and is your pathway to the “big league”, the principal register. 

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Licensing for Small Businesses

An important aspect of intellectual property rights is the ability to create licensing agreements. However, an effective licensing agreement requires a few key factors.

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Getting a Trademark for a “Controversial” Name

Originally posted 2013-03-20 18:04:34. By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com It is important to trademark your name, especially when it is your band’s name, and this is exactly what this Asian rock group is attempting to do. Except the rock group is trying to trademark the name, “The Slants.” The band tried to trademark the name […]

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The First Step To Globally Protect Your Trademark

Unlike most countries, the United States follows the first to use rule when protecting trademark rights. This rule states that the trademark rights belong to the first party who uses the trademark of a certain product or service in commerce. In the United States, federal registration of a mark is not mandatory but can save time, money and prevent future infringement problems. Most countries enforce the first to file rule, which protects the trademark rights of the first party to file an application and receive registration for a certain product/service.

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Battles in Design Law

The number of design infringement cases have been increasing, as the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, a court equivalent to the High Court regarding intellectual property matters, based in London, is hearing cases faster and at a far less cost.

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What You Should Know About Licensing Your Brand

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com
Licensing means renting or leasing an intangible asset to another party who want to use the brand. A licensing agreement grants the right to develop, manufacture, to market and sell a product or service associate with the brand. Licensing is a way to be engaged in new business without the cost of manufacturing, marketing or facilities etc…

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