Intellectual Property

Why Should Startups Care About Intellectual Property?

Often times “intellectual property” is among the last things that an early stage company thinks about, placing behind concerns about sales, marketing, revenue, growing the customer base, etc. However,intellectual property (IP) is among the most important and valuable business assets a company owns and protecting it should be one of top concerns for a young


Social Media Sales And Litigation Risks

Social media provides a flexible platform for companies and sellers to constantly connect with consumers and has revolutionized the direct selling industry around the globe. The goals in employing social media for direct selling are: to remain relevant, to convert passive responses into active engagement, and to drive brand recognition and loyalty. However, there are legal


Alert On Employment Issues For Startups – And Established Businesses!

Ally Law member Varnum, LLP has published an article advising United States startup businesses about issues they must address as they set up their employment policies and procedures. The article is also instructive for ongoing businesses in any country as it speaks to issues many employers may overlook or which may need to be re-examined in


U.S. Trademark Office Changes Are Effective January 2017

New filing fees in the United States Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Board) and revised rules of procedure before the Board for both new and pending cases will go into effect this month, after ten years with no change. Trademark owners should be aware of changes as they can affect the


Malta: Gaming Hot Spot

Malta is “home to a dynamic and thriving gaming industry” according to the president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. Malta is in the process of reviewing and taking forward its legal framework for gaming following the success of fantasy sports games and skill games over the last ten years. “Skill games” differ from “chance


Is Your Invention Patentable? A Free Primer For No-Cost Research

If your product or process invention or something similar to it has already been created, it is likely not patentable. Thus, before beginning the patenting process, you must do patentability research. You can conduct basic online patentability research without incurring the expense involved in having a professional search firm conduct such research. Basically, online research


MAP Policies Are The First Line Of Protection In Online Sales

E-commerce is on the rise and showing no signs of stopping. E-commerce grew 16 percent in the first half of 2016 in the United States, while U.S. consumers are projected to spend $385 billion online this year, according to a November 2016 Business Insider article noting that nearly all of the growth in the retail sector


Defamation By Any Other Name

Defamation cases arising out of posts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter are popping up around the globe. See, e.g., Facebook and defamation: When a post costs you dearly. In most jurisdictions the specific identification of the individual being defamed is traditionally an essential element of the claim in a defamation lawsuit. A


Do You Own The IP Rights To Your Tattoo?

It seems that wherever you look today you will see a tattooed body part. A recent survey revealed more than one in ten Americans admitted to having one. See ABC7News Article. 40 percent of adults aged 26-40 say they have one. Id. According to Ally Law member firm Phillips Nizer, “When something becomes as obviously popular


Brexit Implications: From the UK Intellectual Property Office

Following the recent referendum decision to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has released a short guide offering some factual information on the future of various intellectual property rights. Ally Law member firm Edwin Coe, based in London, has created a summary of the recent IPO guide addressing trade marks, patents, copyright,


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