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Patents as Ecotones

March 9, 2018 Blogs

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you stumble across the right word to describe a concept so familiar it feels like home. The term ecotone is used in ecology to describe a transition area between biomes where two otherwise disparate plant or animal communities meet, integrate, and coexist. The word combines elements […]

Should I Use an Attorney to File a Trademark Application?

February 7, 2018 Blogs

There are so many online resources available for filing federal trademark applications. Legalzoom and Trademarkia are just a couple of examples.  Do you really need to pay an attorney to file a trademark application? yes—and you should use one with trademark experience. First, the United States Patent and Trademark Office […]

Considering Use: Narcos, Netflix, and Trademarks

December 27, 2017 Blogs

Difference can find confluence in unique places. Here, former drug traffickers meet Netflix at trademark law. As background, Netflix’s growth in recent years has been impressive, due in part to successful original content like Narcos—a series based on Columbia’s Medellin and Cali drug cartels. Roberto Escobar—Pablo’s brother and ex-assassin/accountant—thought it […]

The Eagle, the Cocks, and the Attorney

August 30, 2017 Blogs

There is much to admire in a slave who earned freedom through wit and intellect, even if Aesop is only a tradition. I also like him for being a master storyteller with animals as protagonists. The story of the eagle and the cocks teaches one possible consequence of crossing the […]