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Online retailer pulls back in actions to protect its trademark

Many Americans who love the outdoors enjoy venturing in to the "backcountry," which refers to undeveloped wilderness and rural areas. However, a quick Google search of the word brings up the popular online retailer, which specializes in gear and clothing for the outdoor enthusiast.

Why isn't Disney cracking down on unauthorized Baby Yoda images?

Even many adults who don't have children are obsessed with "Baby Yoda." The star of the Disney Plus show The Mandalorian isn't even called that in the series. He's referred to only as "The Child." However, his resemblance to the iconic Star Wars character is unmistakable.

What is 'trade dress?'

One form of intellectual property (IP) that causes considerable confusion is "trade dress." In the past, it tended to refer to the way a product was packaged and displayed when it was sold. Its label, box and point-of-sale (POS) displays unique to a product were considered its trade dress.

Intellectual property you should protect as a restaurant owner

Among the many keys to success in the restaurant business is differentiating yourself from your competition. That means not just having good food and the right ambiance for the customers you want to attract. It means protecting the things that make your restaurant(s) unique. Much of that can be protected under intellectual property (IP) laws.

Anheuser-Busch sues rival for illegally obtaining its recipes

For many people who live in and around St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the quintessential brewer. Now, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the company behind Budweiser, Michelob and other popular brands, is wrangling in court with its rival MillerCoors.

Daughter revives lawsuit that Stan Lee dropped before his death

Before he died late last year, the late comic creator Stan Lee filed a $1 billion lawsuit against POW! Entertainment. The man known worldwide a creator of a multitude of Avengers characters claimed that executives with the company took advantage of his declining health. He said they induced him to sign away rights to his name and likeness. In some cases, he alleged, his signature was forged on documents.

Why does LeBron James want to trademark 'Taco Tuesday?'

The term "Taco Tuesday" is used in homes, school cafeterias and restaurants throughout the country. Therefore, some people have considered basketball superstar LeBron James' recent move to trademark it to be somewhat audacious.

Intellectual property protection requires more than strong NDAs

As a business owner, you probably rely on nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to help protect your intellectual property (IP). Well-drafted, strictly enforced NDAs are certainly a good first step.

You can help ensure employees protect your intellectual property

As a business owner, you have to trust your employees with your intellectual property (IP) for them to do their jobs. Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) can outline what information the people who work for you are required to keep confidential. They can also help you take legal action against anyone who fails to protect your IP.

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