It’s fairly well-known that if you want to feature a song in a video posted on social media, you should first obtain a license for the synchronization rights. But what about a song that isn’t featured in a video but just happens to be playing in the background when a video is created? Even if […]
As a matter of first impression, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that in court proceedings affecting a mark that is the subject of a U.S. trademark application or registration, a foreign-domiciled applicant or registrant can be served through the domestic agent designated by it in the United States Patent and Trademark Office […]
You are likely familiar with a relatively recent buzzword that has been making the rounds, “the metaverse.” The metaverse generally refers to an immersive collection of digital platforms where users can interact with different spaces, users, and things through digital avatars. While there is debate and skepticism surrounding the metaverse, one thing is certain: the […]
If your clients own or are developing brand names in countries other than the United States, and expansion into the United States is a goal, they should apply to register their brand (aka trademark) in the United States and work to initiate meaningful distribution or sales of products and services in the United States as […]
Sarah Hartman wrote the article, “Femtech: The next big technology boom,” published in the January/February 2022 issue of The Patent Lawyer Magazine. You can download the issue here.
A sometimes overlooked benefit of federal trademark registration is the ability to record a registration on the Principal Register with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”). This is a cost effective method of dealing with infringing products being imported into the U.S. For example, in 2020, CBP seized 26,503 shipments of counterfeit goods, representing more […]
How will Brexit impact your trademarks and other IP rights? What you need to know before December 31, 2020 The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31, 2020. The UK is presently in a Brexit transition period, during which it has remained within the EU’s legal framework with regard to many issues, including […]
An article by Stan Gibson titled “Deepfakes: dangers and developments,” was published by the Los Angeles Daily Journal on July 2, 2020.
We are closely tracking the actions of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The USPTO remains open for the filing of trademark and patent applications and other documents and JMBM remains available to assist you with your intellectual property needs. On March 31, 2020, following passage of […]
By Rod S. Berman and Jessica Bromall Sparkman Published in the April/May 2019 issue of CannaInvestor Magazine The cannabis industry is the new investment frontier. Consider the capital investment by Constellation Brands in Canada’s Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis’s acquisition of Mexico’s Farmaciea Magistrales, Coca-Cola’s discussions with Aurora Cannabis to develop CBD infused drinks, CannaCraft and […]