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Trademark Dilution of A Famous Mark By Justin M. Jacobson & Jeffrey E. Jacobson In addition to trademark infringement claims that we have discussed in a previous article, including claims of likelihood of confusion, a trademark owner may also claim trademark “dilution.”  This is where a trademark owner asserts that they own a famous mark...
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Copyright Infringement In The U.S. By Jeffrey E. Jacobson & Justin M. Jacobson In instances when an owner of a protected work, such as a book, motion picture, or a song, believes another party is utilizing the same work in violation of the original owner’s rights, that party may institute a copyright infringement suit.  In...
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A Few Legal Considerations For A Small Business Owner By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. As more entrepreneurs continue to create their own small businesses, the need for proper legal planning becomes of paramount importance.  While there are many legal and business considerations a potential owner must consider before embarking on their own enterprise, we are...
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02/09/2018 – Copyright Law Update: “Design Protection” In “Useful Articles” By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq.             The Supreme Court decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands last year clarified the law on copyrightability of the creative elements in useful articles. That case involved alleged copyright infringement of cheerleading uniforms. Since a uniform is a useful...
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Pros and cons? Thoughts on the Overwatch League ‘new teams’ decision By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. This weekend, game developer, Activision Blizzard announced that the new teams in its “Overwatch League” will be compromised of newly established teams with the league owning the rights to these created teams. This new move has wide-spread impact, including...
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Esports Law: What Makes Gamer-Tags and Team Names Such Valuable Trademarks? By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. With the rapid international expansion and increased profitability of esports, including a surge in the number of players and teams involved in the competitions, the need to properly protect one’s “brand” and its associated intellectual property grows even more...
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By: Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Website development and ownership can raise a number of unique Copyright and Trademark concerns that all potential website owners need to be aware of before they begin the process of creating their website.  From the initial act of choosing a domain name, to the development of a design, and to...
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By Jeffrey E. Jacobson & Justin M. Jacobson Intellectual Property Law is a fancy term that has been much used in the last decade. Simply stated it includes the laws of patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition. Intellectual Property is concerned with the protection and exploitation of creations. Copyrights cover the expression of ideas in...
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By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. As social media and digital marketing and promotions continue to dominate the business world, there is an increased importance on unique branded promotional campaigns.  In today’s world, dominated by social media, one new key brand development utilized by many marketers and advertisers is to market and promote a company’s products...
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