Jill Edgar Joins Morse as Patent Agent

Morse is pleased to welcome Jill O. Edgar as a Patent Agent. Jill works with life science entities to assist with all aspects of their patent procurement, including prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents and rendering patentability and validity opinions. Jill is a Registered U.S. Patent Agent and has a broad range of interests within …

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Amanda Schreyer Quoted in Quartz Article on the Legal Importance of Influencer Authenticity

In Quartz's article Authenticity is the Biggest Challenge of the Influencer World, Amanda Schreyer comments on the potential legal consequences that influencers face when artificially inflating audience numbers, noting that it is fraud and could be a breach of contract. She also discusses the FTC mandate that influencer endorsements must be honest and that influencers …

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Amanda Schreyer Speaking on IP Protection and Limitations for Fictional Characters Webinar

Amanda Schreyer will be a speaker on the Strafford webinar IP Protection and Limitations for Fictional Characters: Trademark, Copyright and Contract Rights on April 17. The webinar will provide guidance with respect to the legal protections available for fictional characters, including strategies for using copyright, trademark rights and contract provisions to build equity in fictional characters. …

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Trademarks – Use Them (Properly) or Lose Them

To acquire and maintain trademark rights, it comes down to use of the mark. If the mark is no longer used, no longer used in association with all of the goods/services identified in registration for the mark, or if the mark is used incorrectly, rights in the mark will be lost. Therefore, it is crucial …

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Supreme Court Rules Works Must Be Registered Before Copyright Owners May Sue

On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, et al., that the statute requiring copyright owners to register their works before suing means that no suit for infringement can be brought until the Copyright Office officially approves the copyright claimant’s application for registration (or officially …

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Stan Chalvire Comments on Long-Standing Trademark Question Before the Supreme Court in Mass Lawyers Weekly Article

In the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article Long-standing trademark question before Supreme Court, intellectual property attorney Stan Chalvire commented on the issue of what becomes of a licensee’s right to use a trademark when the licensor rejects the license as part of the bankruptcy process. The International Trademark Association refers to the issue as "the most significant …

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Amanda Schreyer Speaking at Influencer/ Creative Entrepreneur Conference Alt Oasis

Media and intellectual property attorney Amanda Schreyer will be speaking at the Alt Oasis Conference being held March 24-29 in Palm Springs. Alt Oasis is a week-long conference for social media influencers and entrepreneurs in creative fields. Amanda will be speaking on legal matters for creative entrepreneurs including negotiating with brands, FTC endorsement disclosure guidelines, …

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Federal Registration of Trademarks to Protect Intellectual Property

Unlike with patents, there are common law legal protections with trademarks whether or not a mark is registered with the Trademark Office. In the United States, common law trademark rights automatically take effect upon actual use of the trademark in association with particular goods or services in commerce. As such, the question often arises, “why …

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Informational Perhaps, But Not a Trademark!

One area of trademark law that continuously puzzles people is the tension between having a word or phrase associated with a product or service that is “informational” in that it immediately conveys to the consumer exactly what the product or service is, verses a word or phrase that may be more suggestive, arbitrary, or fanciful. …

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Amanda Schreyer Quoted in Article about the Child Influencer Industry

The Fast Company article The 2-Year-Old Instagram Influencers Who Make More Than You discusses the lucrative world of child influencers and influencer marketing. Intellectual property attorney Amanda Schreyer, who specializes in influencer marketing, comments on the legal considerations of the industry. She notes that the industry is still a gray area, and therefore child labor …

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