Here’s a present for Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins. This is the gift for the man who has everything—in the tradition of Machiavelli’s offering to Medici of good counsel. And just as The Prince benefits all who read it, it is my hope and fervent desire that this modest article will be useful to you, the reader, […]
The Washington Redskins are on the verge of winning big! Their trademark rights are about to be vindicated. That’s one good reason, I say, for them to throw in the towel.
What do the Redskins, The Slants, and the ACLU have in common? Citing the First Amendment, they say free speech trumps the Government’s efforts to ban offensive trademarks. They advocate for the rights of intellectual property owners, specifically trademark rights, for everyone who uses a mark in commerce. Even obnoxious marks. On the opposite side, the Government […]
This morning Cordell Parvin published a blog about what we as lawyers can learn from his hero John Wooden of UCLA basketball coaching fame. I join Cordell in admiring Wooden. Of course, as a University of Houston Law Center alum, I can’t help but point out that the Cougars beat UCLA in the “Game of […]
In a patent, which is better: A picture or 1,000 words? For patent purposes, it’s important to provide considerable detail in drawings and descriptions. Some foresight is required, because support is required as of the filing date for the originally filed claims and for amendments that may become desirable during prosecution. In this article, we will consider […]
Most lawyers and business people know enough to call a patent attorney when they’re in trouble—they’ve been sued or threatened with a patent infringement suit, or a competitor is infringing their patent. The harder question is when