Category Archives: Trademarks

Intellectual Property “Trolling”

on 11/03/2015 by David Szostek

Intellectual Property “Trolling” Some of you may have heard of the term “patent troll” within the context of patent rights. In case you haven’t, the generally accepted definition of a patent troll is: an individual or legal entity (such as a business) that attempts to obtain licensing fees or a legal settlement from an alleged …Read More

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals – Protected Trade Secret?

on 10/27/2015 by David Szostek

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals – Protected Trade Secret? Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is the use of water, sand, and chemicals to fracture rocks deep in the ground in order to release and collect hydrocarbon products. Fracking is controversial due to its alleged negative environmental impact. One of the key battles between environmental and community groups and …Read More

Copyright Law Basics

on 09/01/2015 by David Szostek

Copyright Law Basics Even though you may not know the definition of a copyright, you probably understand the basic concept of a copyright: the author of a creative work holds certain rights to that work, such as restricting the copying or profiting of that work without the author’s permission. According to the United States Copyright …Read More

Trademarks and Trade Dress

on 08/11/2015 by David Szostek

Trademarks and Trade Dress Trade dress refers to the visual appearance of a product or its packaging that convey the source of the product to consumers. Trade dress protection is intended to protect consumers from packaging or appearance of products designed to imitate other products, to prevent consumers from buying one product under the mistaken …Read More

The Basics Of Trademarks

on 06/16/2015 by David Szostek
Trademark Basics

Trademark Basics Even if you don’t know what a trademark is, you’d still probably recognize one. In fact, by reading this blog, there’s a good chance you may even recognize a trademark within your field of vision. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a trademark is, “a word, phrase, symbol or design, …Read More

Understanding the Difference Between an Entity Name and a Fictitious (Doing Business As/DBA) Name

on 05/19/2015 by David Szostek

Business owners and customers alike are often confused when it comes to a business’s name. A primary source of confusion is the use of a business’s “entity name” vs. its “fictitious name” (often referred to as its “d/b/a” or “doing business as” name). This article will clarify the difference between the two. Business Entity Name …Read More