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January 2019 Archives

Amazon is both friend and foe

Amazon has ruffled the feathers of some of its clients recently. It started with selling private house brands of batteries and phone chargers and then expanded into toys, clothing and furniture. Soon companies complained that their online retail partner was creating cheaper products of its own to compete with theirs. There were also accusations that Amazon was not doing enough to eliminate independent companies selling knockoffs of established brands on Amazon.

Don't let your marijuana intellectual property go up in smoke

Cannabis has become an attractive industry for entrepreneurs as more states legalize its use for medical purposes, as well as a recreational drug. As a result, protecting brands, processes, trade names, logos and other intellectual property has become a more critical issue within the cannabis industry.

Supreme Court revisits USPTO's ban on vulgar trademarks

The Supreme Court recently announced that it would examine whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can refuse to register immoral or scandalous trademarks. There is currently a 113-year-old statutory provision in place that supports this stance. However, the clothing line Fuct has sought trademark protection of its name since 2012.

Chad Kyle and Stephen Huggins named Hovey Williams partners

Hovey Williams LLP, a full-service intellectual property law firm, is proud to announce that Chad Kyle and Stephen Huggins will become its newest partners effective January 1, 2019. Both are registered patent attorneys and provide clients with legal assistance in a wide array of intellectual property matters.

Breaking it down: Carlton sues Fortnite over dance moves

Many will no doubt remember the geeky Carlton character from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. While actor Alfonso Ribeiro (who played Carlton) still enjoys the fruits of his labors thanks to residuals of a show that starred Will Smith, Ribeiro has now filed a suit against Fortnite creators Epic Games for copying the Carlton Dance. The actor also claims he is now in the process of copywriting the dance.

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