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January 2016 Archives

Basics of the Lanham Act part 1

The Lanham Act, otherwise known as the Trademark Act of 1946, was created to provide a national system under which businesses could register their trademarks and find protection against their improper use. At Millstone Peterson & Watts, LLP, our staff recommends that every business with trademark interests learn the basics of this federal law in order to better understand how it can affect their rights.

Patent trolls abuse laws for their own gain

Patent trolling is a recent development in the world of business litigation, and it is transforming how patents are used in all sectors of the economy. According to the New York Times, patent trolls are a new breed of business that neither develop products nor conjure up innovative ideas. Instead they spend their time buying up patents and litigating, or threatening to litigate, companies for patent infringement.

Copyright infringement in written works

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, a copyright is a protection provided to authors of original written works. This can include literary works as well as musical, dramatic and artistic creations. It ensures that authors maintain complete control over their creations when they wish to do so. While the law previously only applied to published works, the law now also includes protections for unpublished works.

How to protect your business from cyber crimes

Cyber crimes are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in today’s digital age. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, identity theft, fraud and intrusions into others’ networks and computers make up the most common types of cyber crimes. In 2014, losses associated with these crimes totaled over $800 million. At Millstone, Peterson & Watts, LLP our staff knows that there are certain things you can do to protect your businesses from these attacks and reduce the likelihood that you will become a victim.

What is trademark dilution?

Trademark dilution is what can happen if your trademark is weakened and no longer able to adequately distinguish and identify services and goods, according to the International Trademark Association. This may happen if another company decides to use your mark or a similar mark to aid in selling their own products.

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