Don’t Let Your IP Fall Through The Cracks

By Mark | July 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has thrust nearly all businesses into a state of unprecedented uncertainty and turmoil. This is requiring many businesses to prioritize expenses more strictly, and this will extend to spending on intellectual property filing and maintenance. I started my law firm shortly before the financial crisis of 2008, so I am familiar with…

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The Top 10 Things I Have Learned About Business From Shark Tank

By Mark | June 1, 2020

    Around 7 years ago my wife and I invested in a local startup company. There was a buzz around the company, (which I will anonymously call “XYZ”), and a number of successful local individuals were investing including a number of my wife’s doctor and dentist friends, so we dove in. A couple of…

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PTAB Time-Bar Ruling Provides Additional Protection to Patent Owners

By Mark | May 1, 2020

Owners of patents now have a little more protection against claims of infringement, thanks to a recent decision by the Precedential Opinion Panel (POP) of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In the case of GoPro, Inc. v. 360Heros, Inc., IPR2018-01754, Paper 38, the POP held that “service of a pleading asserting a claim…

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Amazon Brand Registry

By Freddy B | April 1, 2020

When discussing potential intellectual property filings, ??? express to me concern about the high cost of enforcing intellectual property through the legal system.  This is a real concern.  While a cease-and-desist letter is relatively inexpensive, contested patent, trademark, or copyright litigation will easily run into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Some businesspeople…

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Avoid Litigation If You Can

By Mark | May 5, 2015

Sometimes litigation is necessary, but I really feel it should be a last resort most of the time. The cost, time, hassle and stress is tremendous, and there is never a guarantee of results. Below our law clerk John Ellis sets for his “Top 8 Reasons Not to Litigate”. 1. Litigation is time-consuming and expensive.…

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How Distinctive Is Your Trademark?

By Mark | March 4, 2015

Our intellectual property intern has provided another excellent contribution. See below with my comments to follow: Spectrum of Distinctiveness for Word Marks The modern trademark law can be understood as a combination of unfair competition law and the Lanham Act. Section 9 of the Third Restatement on Unfair Competition defines “trademark” as “a word, name,…

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Marijuana, IP, and Interstate Commerce

By Mark | February 17, 2015

Our new legal intern, Zen Yang Pan contributes this entry. By Zhen Yang (Tommy) Pan February 13, 2015 Legalizing Interstate Commerce Marijuana Use As more states begin to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use, the trend of the market suggests that vendors want to commercialize its use. However, marijuana is legalized only under state laws,…

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Mark to Argue Before the 9th Circuit

By Mark | January 7, 2015

I have 2 cases with oral arguments in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We have prepared a press release for the Greenwood Matter.  See below:   NEVADA BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY COMMENTS UPON THE DUTY OF BANKRUPTCY CREDITORS TO FILE TIMELY OBJECTIONS TO EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED BY BANKRUPTCY DEBTORS Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, December 17, 2014 –…

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Mark’s Trademark Article Published!

By Mark | January 7, 2015

Below please see the article I published in the December edition of Northern Nevada Business Weekly Trademarks are the legal protection for your brand. Trademark law benefits consumers by allowing them to quickly identify and select goods and services that they trust. When I walk into a Starbucks® location, I don’t have to worry about…

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Money for Nothing

By Mark | October 27, 2014

Here is a quick post from John K Ellis, J.D. of Goodman Law Center HOW BANKS WORK Here is how I always thought that a private bank worked: A group of enterprising young businessmen (would-be bankers) get together and put up a bunch of money (capital) in order to start a bank. The bank then…

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