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The Olympics: Where Trademark Law Trumps Free Speech

Oisele is an apparel company based in Seattle that specializes in designing and manufacturing sporting attire. So when Kate Grace, an American athlete, won the U.S. Olympic Trials 800 meter race while wearing Oisele attire, Oisele wanted to show support for both America and Grace.  In an Instagram post, the company wrote, “She’s going to Rio!” and “#RoadtoRio” in conjunction with pictures of Grace wearing their product.

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3 Critical Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

3 Critical Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) is a newly enacted law that creates a federal cause of action for companies trying to protect their trade secrets. This is a landmark change in creating uniform civil protections for companies in every state. Nearly all businesses have some kind of trade secrets and many will need to act in order to ensure they continue to protect their causes of action under the DTSA.

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What’s in a Name? Keys to Selecting a Name that Can be Protected

One of the first choices a new business must make is selecting a name for the company or its product.  A name is a lasting identification of a product or organization. Availability of the name may also be an issue with the Secretary of State and reserving a web domain. But, more importantly for many companies, is whether the name is eligible for federal trademark protection? Think SAND to find a name that will likely qualify for protection. What is SAND?

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What to Know About Insuring Your Intellectual Property

Insuring intellectual property can be complicate and expensive. This initial investment in the right policy for the specific needs can pay for itself. Here are a few things to think about when contemplating whether the hassle to obtain insurance for your IP is worth the effort:

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