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By Irina Pomestchenko | The patent prosecution is a lengthy process and as a regular practice, the USPTO considers patent applications in the order they are filed. Based on the USPTO statistics, as of December 2018, there were 546,792 unexamined patent applications and the average patent pendency was 23.8 months. If you are in the … Continue reading Getting ahead of the line at the U.S. Patent Office. Yes, you can!

This past week stirred a major storm for Facebook and the lack of trust with their security on the social media platform.  Will businesses start looking away from marketing on Facebook and their associated platforms, to other competing platforms like LinkedIn?  How safe do businesses now feel as a result of knowing that the Cambridge Analytica breach which was discovered in late 2015, but is only now surfacing, three years later?

By Breanna Pendilton |
The Michael Kors brand is arguably one of the most expensive and well-known labels in today’s fashion world. But these same characteristics, (expensive and well-known) are exactly what’s destroying the reputation of this brand. Outlet stores and small business are jacking down the prices, and while the good ole’ Michael Kors’ stores still exist, customers are much more apt to buying them cheaper at other discount stores and retailers.

By Ozelle Martin |
There is a well-known professional football team in the National Football League (NFL) called the Washington Redskins and their logo features a Native American man wearing a feathered headdress. While the franchise has been in existence for over 80 years, there has been much debate surrounding the connotation of the term “redskins.” Moreover, a quick search of the Oxford dictionary defines the term as “an American Indian” with a note that the term is deemed “offensive.” Consequently, the Washington Redskins franchise has found itself in the midst of many fiery discussions as to whether the franchise should be allowed to legally own and utilize the name.

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Originally posted 2013-02-18 19:05:00. “The Not So iLife of Apple” By Kathleen Melhorn, AMD Law Staff Writer With the entire hype surrounding apple, one would assume it was the only company to use the “i” before the name of the product it was selling. Unfortunately, this is not true in Brazil where Apple has been … Continue reading The Not So iLife of Apple

Originally posted 2013-03-08 22:33:42. By Tasha Schmidt | Many people feel like Washington needs to give more attention and priority to intellectual property rights. Especially this time of the year as the Academy Awards has just happened, it seems like a good time of the year to recognize the billion of dollars that Hollywood … Continue reading Getting Serious About Intellectual Property

By Breanna Pendilton |
Hey, DJ
“Mic check, 1..2..1..2!” With the summer time here and the fall vastly approaching, we find ourselves in the season of parties: wedding parties, graduation parties, and soon, back-to-school parties. And with parties, come people, music, and DJs. While these three things are normal for every party, these three things can also put you at risk for violation of a federal copyright law. (Ask yourself, “Is the roof really on fire?’)

By Mercedes Joshua |
Michelle Obama, as you know, is our First Lady and the first African American First Lady. Just by being an intelligent African American woman Mrs. Obama became an inspiration to young African American women all over the world. But once she became First Lady, she was not only an inspiration because of her intelligence or graduating from Harvard, or becoming lawyer, or for being a public servant to the people. She was also an inspiration because of her fashion sense.

The esteemed author William Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Does that same idea apply to the copyrightability of street art?

The term street art is defined as any visual work created in public locations. Some common media include spray paint, stencils, sticker art, street installations, and sculpture. However, the legality of this street art becomes a problem when it is not commissioned. Most call this unauthorized street art, graffiti–or even vandalism. These different ways to describe street art have led to a divide within the legal community.

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