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UGG uses design patent to protect its boots

UGG boots have been popular women’s winter wear for more than a decade. For much of that time, UGG’s parent company Decker Outdoor Corporation (DOC) has spent considerable time and effort to protect its soft, moccasin-like boot made of sheepskin with a wooly lining against cheaper knockoffs. Unfortunately, the  general appearance of the UGG boots has been challenging to protect, so DOC has recently tried to become more creative in fighting off encroachment. 

Breweries engage in playful cease and desist orders

Intellectual property rights are established to create legal protection so companies do not steal products or ideas. However, there are a growing number of cases where companies are engaging in playful back and forth using parody. This seems to be particularly popular among small craft breweries.

Another intellectual property issue involving a color

We recently talked about a unique type of trademark based on the senses such as sound, scent and color. As we wrote, these kinds of marks, while rare, can be registered when a color is associated with a product, service or company in the marketplace such as brown with UPS or canary yellow with Post-It notes.

IWPR study of programs and leaders promoting female innovation

This spring, we posted a series on the theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day: “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.” As we said then, our intellectual property law firm encourages girls and women to continue to excel in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

U.S. patents: Roots, evolution and new developments

World Intellectual Property Day was April 26th. We just finished a series of posts celebrating this year’s theme: the ingenuity of girls and women as reflected in their new innovations and inventions that will advance the fields of health, technology, environmental protection, industry, engineering, agriculture, transportation and others. 

Gender parity in patents: Hedy Lamarr’s frequency hopping

Today we continue our look at the contributions of female inventors to our collective intellectual property in the spirit of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme honoring female innovation. As the day approaches on April 26, our focus here will remain on this important subject. 

World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, 2018

On April 26 each year, WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, celebrates World Intellectual Property Day. According to its webpage about the occasion, it offers a “unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.” 

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