The Olympics Are Coming, the Olympics Are Coming – But Don’t Tell Your Customers!

By: Howard Zaharoff Yes, the Winter Games start this week. But before you decide to use this exciting event to promote your products or services or to communicate with customers, be aware that commercial use of Olympic indicia without the consent of the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) can get you sued. The U.S. Code …

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2017 Intellectual Property Year in Review

2017 marked another active year for intellectual property law. Patent law took center stage at the Supreme Court, wherein established precedent on infringement suit jurisdiction and laches were overturned. As we move into another year that is sure to be full of cases that reshape the IP landscape, intellectual property attorney Bill Schmidt looks back …

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Does Anyone Own the Trademark “SUPER BOWL”?

It should come as no surprise that SUPER BOWL is a federally registered trademark and that the owner is mostly the NFL (and various affiliates). But you probably did not know that there are 8 live registrations, covering such diverse goods as football helmets, cell phone covers, mouse pads, DVDs, jewelry, watches, bumper stickers, stuffed animals, balloons and …

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Santa wants a trademark? Howard Zaharoff writes a letter offering Santa legal advice

In the IPWatchdog article Santa Claus Trademark: A Legal Opinion, Howard Zaharoff uses a mock letter to Santa to offer legal advice to trademark seekers. Howard discusses key considerations when registering a trademark, including the importance of how to define the business. For this informative, and entertaining, read, visit IPWatchdog.

“Practicing TM, Copyright, IP & Related Areas of Law”: Amanda Schreyer Speaking at BPLA Event

Intellectual property attorney Amanda Schreyer will speak at the Boston Patent Law Association's "Making Connections in Boston's IP Community" event on October 18. Amanda will speak on the panel "Practicing TM, Copyright, IP & Related Areas of Law," which will discuss pathways to practices as an IP lawyer in various settings. The panel discussion will …

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MBBP Welcomes Intellectual Property Attorney Amanda Schreyer as Counsel

We are pleased to announce the addition of Intellectual Property Counsel Amanda Schreyer. Amanda will continue to concentrate her practice on privacy and data security, licensing and strategic alliances, trademark, and transactional matters. Schreyer’s clients include video game and software developers, digital influencers, media publishers, influencer marketing agencies and other intellectual property holders. Amanda regularly …

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Matal v. Tam: The Supreme Court Rejects the Prohibition on Disparaging Trademarks

By: Sean Detweiler and Bianca Sena On Monday June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Trademark Office’s denial of registration for “disparaging” trademarks under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional. The case, Matal v. Tam (previously known as Lee …

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