AI and Intellectual Property: The Texas Landscape in 2024
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by Jeff Williams
5d ago
The Lone Star State has always been a breeding ground for innovation, and artificial intelligence (AI) is no exception. But with this rapid advancement comes a complex web of intellectual property (IP) issues. At Texas Patent Attorney, we’re here to help you navigate this uncharted territory. Who Owns the Creations of AI? One of the biggest questions surrounding AI and IP is inventorship. Can a machine be an inventor? Current US patent law requires a human inventor. However, the USPTO recently issued guidance acknowledging the role of AI in the inventive process. This means inventions assisted ..read more
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Is AI Art Stealing the Show? Examining the Hypothetical Case of ChatGPT vs. Scarlett Johansson
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by Jeff Williams
2w ago
The world of intellectual property is constantly evolving, and with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), new legal questions are emerging. One intriguing hypothetical scenario making the rounds is a potential lawsuit between ChatGPT, a large language model, and actress Scarlett Johansson. The Heart of the Case: Uncanny Mimicry or Unfair Appropriation? Let’s imagine a situation where Scarlett Johansson commissions ChatGPT to create a script for a new film. Impressed by ChatGPT’s ability to mimic writing styles, Johansson tasks the AI to craft a script that captures the essence of her past ..read more
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A Guide to the Patent Law Process
TX Patent Attorney
by Jeff Williams
1M ago
So, you’ve got a brilliant invention – congratulations! Now, you want to ensure others can’t steal your idea and reap the rewards. That’s where patent law comes in. But the process of securing a patent can feel complex. Don’t worry, this guide will break down the key steps involved in the patent law process. Understanding Patentability Before diving in, let’s address a crucial question: what can be patented? Patent law grants exclusive rights for a limited time to new and useful inventions that are non-obvious. New and Useful: Your invention must be demonstrably different from anything that a ..read more
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Unveiling Innovation: A Guide to Utility Patents
TX Patent Attorney
by Jeff Williams
1M ago
Unveiling Innovation: A Guide to Utility Patents Congratulations! You’ve poured your heart and mind into creating something new and ingenious. Perhaps it’s a revolutionary product design, a groundbreaking machine, or a novel chemical compound. Now, you want to ensure others can’t simply copy your creation. This is where the power of a utility patent comes in. What is a Utility Patent? Issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a utility patent grants you exclusive rights for a specific invention for a set period (usually 20 years). It essentially prevents others from maki ..read more
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Copyright Guide
TX Patent Attorney
by Jeff Williams
3M ago
Many business owners have become astute about the critical need to protect their intellectual property with patents and trademark registrations. However, copyrights tend to get overlooked. Copyrights are a fundamental aspect of intellectual property protection. Relatively speaking, registrations are easy and inexpensive to obtain, yet they provide strong protections. Working with an intellectual property attorney may be the best way to ensure that your company is taking full advantage of the protections that are afforded by copyrights. What Is a Copyright? Basically, a copyright protects an or ..read more
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Navigating the Maze of Copyrights: From Understanding to Respecting Creators’ Rights
TX Patent Attorney
by Jeff Williams
4M ago
In the vast digital landscape, where information transcends borders at breakneck speed, comprehending copyright is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Whether you’re a budding artist yearning to share your creations or a curious consumer navigating the online world, grasping the nuances of copyright infringement empowers you to make informed choices. So, let’s embark on a journey to demystify this legal concept and explore its implications: Demystifying Copyright Infringement: Imagine copyright as an invisible shield protecting the creative expression of authors, musicians, filmmakers, and co ..read more
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Can You Keep A Trade Secret?
TX Patent Attorney
by Jeff Williams
5M ago
Several forms of intellectual property protection are available. Patents, trademarks and copyrights are among the best known. However, there’s a fourth type of known as trade secrets. Unlike other forms of protection, trade secrets don’t get registered or published. Doing so would be against the express purpose of this protection. Do you have proprietary assets that should be protected as a trade secret? Read on to learn more. What Is a Trade Secret? Trade secrets may be almost anything that gives one competitor an advantage over another. It could be a recipe, a chemical formula, a computer al ..read more
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5 Times a Trademark was Stolen or Lost
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by Jeff Williams
5M ago
Your Trademark Identity Your trademark is the lifeblood of your business. It’s what your business comes to be known by, and it can consist of symbols, words or a word that is used to represent the company’s goods or services. Trademarks can be tricky for new business owners because there are both common law trademarks that utilize the symbol, and then there are federal Trademark Law that utilize the ® symbol. Federal trademarks have been registered legally, though, which means that although your business might have been utilizing a trademark longer with the symbol, another business could com ..read more
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Should You Disclose or Receive Information with Examiners?
TX Patent Attorney
by Jeff Williams
6M ago
Is it possible to disclose too much with Examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark office? The United States Patent and Trademark office is having a “Tech Week” the first week of December (Dec.1-5, 2014). This program is designed to permit scientists, engineers, and technology experts the ability to instruct patent examiners on their field of science and technology. The idea is that this instruction will aid patent examiners in being more informed about the state of technology in the various industries and further help to improve the patent process. Is there risk to inventors from th ..read more
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Social Media Username Jacking
TX Patent Attorney
by Jeff Williams
6M ago
Your Social Media Identity Social media represents a wonderful opportunity for businesses to connect with their customers and to get the word out about specials, promotions and new products. It seems like there are new social media platforms cropping up all the time, and though it probably isn’t necessary to join them all, it certainly makes sense to choose one, two or even three that align comfortably with your company’s image and the product or service that it provides. However, what do you do when you discover that another entity or individual has already registered your preferred company n ..read more
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