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An Ode to Stan Lee

An Ode to Stan Lee With Grief we lost a Poet of Injustice, Villains and Bullies A Captain for the Outcasts Exposing Evils, Thugs and Tyrants Heroes created from Gamma, Cosmic, and Vita Rays Humanity was protected You dreamed of … Continue reading

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Stan Lee’s Copyrights and Work for Hire

Copyrights and Work for Hire Doctrine Stan Lee, the co-creator and ambassador of the Marvel Universe, died this week. From a copyright perspective, Lee’s legacy is a complicated mess. Marvel, one of the original comic book publishers introduced over 8,000 … Continue reading

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101 Series – How to Get a Patent in 5 Easy Steps

How to Get a Patent In the United States, a patent is issued by the United States Patent Office.  To get a patent, they will need to register your patent and to register your patent, you will need to file … Continue reading

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101 Series – Copyright for Writers

Copyright for Writers As a writer, you might spend hundreds, if not thousands of hours developing, researching and creating your plot and premise, theme, characters, moral development, the struggles and resolution of your character along with an ending which pulls … Continue reading

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Filing a Trademark Case to Prevent Confusion

Filing a Trademark Case When a trademark owner believes their mark is being used by someone else to cause confusion, they may file a trademark case.  Infringement is the legal term used to describe the fact that a trademark has … Continue reading

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How to Create Strong Marks

Strong Marks To be registerable, a trademark must be capable of acting as a source identifier. Strong marks are distinctive, that is they are capable of readily identifying the source of a good or a service.  Weak marks are not … Continue reading

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101 Series – Registering a Trademark

What is the Benefit of Registering a Trademark? Why register a trademark?  By simply using a mark in commerce you get what are called common law rights.  That means that you don’t have to register a trademark to obtain some … Continue reading

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101 Series – Service Mark

What is a Service Mark? A service mark (or servicemark) is just like a trademark but it is used in connection with services.  A trademark is typically used in connection with goods.  A mark is the general term for both a … Continue reading

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101 Series – How Trademarks are Different

How Trademarks are different from Patents and Copyrights? Trademarks are different from a patent or a copyright.  A trademark is a brand used on products and services. A patent typically protects inventions, like new machines, processes or chemical compositions.   A copyright … Continue reading

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Protecting a Trademark

Protecting a Trademark is Good for Business Trademarks are often a company’s most valuable asset.  Many companies invest in building their identity which is used by consumers in differentiate various products they buy.  Consumers use trademarks to distinguish products of … Continue reading

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