Publications

Start-Ups with Big Aspirations Should Pay Attention to Trademarks from the Start

June 19, 2018

For start-up companies, the list of priorities gets pretty long, pretty quick. A great idea for a product or service is only the beginning, and thoughts soon turn to business formation, quality control, marketing, staffing, capital, etc., etc. Optimistic start-ups also need to think strategically about their trademarks from the start. Trademarks can be names, […]

Michael J. Thomas

License and Acquisition, Please

May 25, 2018

What to look for when acquiring a company with IP licensing agreements Acquiring a company can be done for numerous reasons, and may be driven in part by a desire to acquire valuable intellectual property rights. These intellectual property rights may include patents, trademarks, and copyrights that are owned by the company you are acquiring. […]

Mike Howell

Comic Con: A Convention by Any Other Name?

April 24, 2018

In December 2017, a federal jury in San Diego was asked to declare the death of Comic-Con . . . in the trademark sense. They were asked to decide whether “Comic-Con” had become generic, or suffered “genericide,” due to widespread use of the term to refer to a comic convention—much as “aspirin,” once a Bayer […]

L. Rex Sears Ph.D.

Michael I. Katz