Swim, Bike, Run: A Business Plan

I have a friend who has completed multiple Ironman competitions (7 of them, I believe).  For those not aware, an Ironman competition is a triathlon organized by the World Triathlon Corporation.  It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, done in that order and without stopping.  It is … Read more

To Swoosh or Not To Swoosh

Often when looking to register a trademark, we have to discuss registering a word mark versus a logo.  Clients often default to registering words in a very specific font.  However, that locks the mark into that font.  Whereas, if we register it as a word mark, then a change in font doesn’t destroy the registration. … Read more

Shh, I Have A Secret

Ongoing disputes between Fitbit and Jawbone claimsthat Fitbit hired Jawbone employees, who in turn took Jawbone trade secrets and brought them to be used at Fitbit.  Last week, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled that Fitbit did not steal any of Jawbone’s trade secrets.  Earlier, I wrote about protecting a trade secret, but what … Read more

Having a Capital Time

Capital letters are special things.  They mark the beginnings of sentences.  They show proper nouns are distinct from other nouns.  They help differentiate a title from a sentence and an acronym from a word.  All sorts of magic!  In contracts, they have an additional job:  They show that a term is defined somewhere within that … Read more

I Saw the Signs

Intellectual property rights all come with their very own symbols.  They are signs to others about what type of rights are being claimed.  I am sure you have seen them, but not everyone is sure which symbol belongs to which right.  So let’s go back to grade school, do a matching game.  Didn’t know there … Read more

Make It a Triple (or Not)

When signing a commercial lease, it is very important to know what is included as part of the rent payment and what additional payments may be due.  Often tenants go into a lease negotiation with a belief that as long as they are paying their base rent, everything is covered.  However, that may not be … Read more

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