Five Trademark Questions to Ask in the New Year
Foley Hoag | Trademark & Copyright Law
by Nicole Kinsley
1M ago
As we ring in 2023, sip some champagne and make a resolution to check in on your trademark portfolio more often.  It misses you! Here are a few productive questions to ask: Do your registrations cover your reality?  You may have launched new brands or drastically redesigned your logo since you last interacted with the USPTO.  Or perhaps your business has expanded or evolved, and the scope of your registrations ignores some now-crucial products or services.  Maybe your filings are all in the US, but the EU and Brazil have become major markets for you.  If any of this ..read more
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Legal Ethics for In-House Attorneys Handling Copyright, Trademark & Advertising Matters
Foley Hoag | Trademark & Copyright Law
by August Horvath
3M ago
Ethical duties are paramount in any legal practice. Matters relating to copyright, trademark and advertising law give rise to some special ethical considerations. Even unintentional missteps can be detrimental to the attorney, and their client. In this 60-minute webinar, designed for in-house counsel, we discussed how to identify and address ethical issues to guard against potentially irreversible consequences. Topics Oaths filed with the Patent and Trademark Office, and who should sign them Rules of the road for investigating competitors Who, exactly, is “the client”? Non-lawyer staff member ..read more
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WEBINAR: Trademark and Advertising Basics for Cannabis Companies
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by Joshua Jarvis
10M ago
Business is booming for cannabis ventures, but the legal landscape for brand protection and product advertising is rife with complications that demand special consideration. Companies should be paying attention to these issues out of the gate. Foley Hoag presented a webinar covering a range of topics related to cannabis trademark protection and promotion of cannabis-related goods and services, including: Maximizing trademark rights at the federal and state level Leveraging alternative IP strategies for brands Advertising best practices and what not to say FDA regulation of cannabis and cannab ..read more
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WEBINAR: Top IP Cases in 2021 In-House Counsel Need to Know
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by Foley Hoag
1y ago
Who said there’s no looking back? It is crucial to consider key takeaways from the most important IP cases from 2021 when planning for 2022. Foley Hoag presented a 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, offering guidance on what we learned last year and what to prepare for in the new year. Our speakers focused on developments in trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret law.  Speakers Peter Sullivan, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP Scott Pierce, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP Francisco Cabrera López, Associate, Foley Hoag LLP The post WEBINAR: Top IP Cases in 2021 In-House Counsel Need to Kno ..read more
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WEBINAR: Copyright Basics for the Generalist In House Counsel
Foley Hoag | Trademark & Copyright Law
by Foley Hoag
1y ago
What does the generalist in-house counsel need to know about copyright? While patents and trademarks often receive the lion’s share of an organization’s intellectual property focus, copyrights comprise a critical third prong to a healthy overarching IP strategy – even for companies whose products and services involve little or no content creation. Foley Hoag LLP presented a webinar offering guidance for in-house counsel regarding copyright law, including the basics of U.S. copyright protection and registration, copyright disputes, and the interplay among copyright, the internet, and emerging t ..read more
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WEBINAR: 13 Social Media Pitfalls to Avoid for the Generalist In-House Counsel
Foley Hoag | Trademark & Copyright Law
by Foley Hoag
1y ago
Social media platforms present countless opportunities for companies looking to connect to consumers and clients in real time. But, like so much else in our connected age, these opportunities come with a host of risks ranging from minor public relations blips to unpleasant regulatory run-ins with government agencies, and from DMCA takedowns to right of publicity lawsuits. Foley Hoag will present a 60-minute webinar offering guidance on social media issue spotting for in-house legal practitioners, with a focus on intellectual property, publicity rights and advertising. Topics to Be Discussed ..read more
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Webinar: Protecting Product Configurations, Packaging and Designs: What In House Counsel Needs to Know
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by Foley Hoag
1y ago
Product configuration and packaging play an integral part in consumer choice and can often set a particular product apart from its competition on the store shelf. Because companies heavily invest in creating unique product designs and packaging that encourage brand association, business owners should also consider protecting those investments as intellectual property. This webinar offers guidance for in-house counsel regarding the different types of intellectual property that may protect product configurations and packaging in the United States, and the interplay among these different forms ..read more
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Webinar: Trademark Transactions for the Generalist In-House Counsel
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by Foley Hoag
1y ago
Your company has invested in developing its goodwill and protecting its brands, and now seeks to bring in partners. Or perhaps your company seeks to grow by on-boarding third-party brands. Trademarks form a key asset in many business transactions, but overlooking important details and traps for the unwary can lead to unintended consequences. In this one-hour webinar, we cover the fundamentals of protecting trademark rights in the context of an array of transactions, including: Assignments Licenses Due diligence for mergers and acquisitions Co-branding agreements Bankruptcy Learn the essentia ..read more
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Webinar: Top IP Cases in 2020 In-House Counsel Need to Know
Foley Hoag | Trademark & Copyright Law
by Foley Hoag
1y ago
Looking Back to Look Ahead Who said there’s no looking back? It is crucial to consider key takeaways from the most important IP cases from 2020 when planning for 2021. Foley Hoag will present a 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, offering guidance on what we learned last year and what to prepare for in the new year. Our speakers will focus on 2020 developments in trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret law. Speakers: Peter Sullivan, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP N. Scott Pierce, Partner, Registered Patent Attorney, Foley Hoag LLP Jennifer Yoo, Associate, Foley Hoag LLP ..read more
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API Copying Now Fair Game in the Wake of Supreme Court’s Decision in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc.
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by Peter Sullivan
1y ago
The decade-long dispute between Google LLC and Oracle America Inc. has now ended with the Supreme Court ruling 6-2 in favor of Google.  This dispute concerned Google’s use of Oracle’s “declaring code” – software that provides a list of functions and definitions that specify the parameters of application program interfaces (APIs) – in Google’s Android operating system.  APIs allow different software programs to work together.  In creating Android, Google used its own implementing code, but in order to allow developers to write their own programs for the Androi ..read more
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