Network Sued for Using Boxing Legend’s Identity

When you sit down to watch a professional sports contest on television, you expect to see advertisements and promotional pieces that include images of some of the players and coaches apart from the game itself. The broadcast may go to and from commercial breaks with dramatic studio shots of the athletes in an effort to […]

Naperville Business Attorney Discusses Copyrights, Licensing Rights, and “Stairway to Heaven”

Most people of a certain age are at least familiar with the iconic opening guitar riff to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” The 1971 song has been popular with rock fans, as well as aspiring guitar players looking to impress their friends as they learn to play. The song, however, has been the subject of […]

Chicago Bears Practice Field Is Infringing on Patent, Suit Alleges

As a business planning and litigation attorney, I see cases every day in which both fledgling companies and well-established businesses use the patented ideas of another without properly securing the rights to them. In many industries, being innovative is a major key to success, which means that stolen technology is not only unethical but could […]

Chicago Pizzeria Hit With Copyright Infringement Suit Over Karaoke

If you own a business that manufactures or distributes physical goods, it is relatively easy to be sure that you are being compensated by anyone wishing to own or use your products. Other companies, of course, do not have the right to duplicate your proprietary products, but, in most cases, customers must purchase them directly […]

Naperville Business Attorney Discusses Trademarks and Copyright Protection

When you think about the type of security your business needs, your first thoughts may turn to installing surveillance cameras or an identification card entry system. Of course, these kinds of physical measures can help you protect your company, particularly if you own a retail outlet or run an office that works with sensitive information. […]

Intellectual Property Theft Affects U.S. Economy, Causes Billions in Lost Revenue

When you own a business that produces any type of consumer goods, it can be relatively easy to study the market and determine that your product is unlike any others. By establishing your brand and emphasizing what sets your product apart from competitors, you can begin to take steps toward financial success. I am commonly […]

Starbuck Loses Trademark Lawsuit

In a legal case of David and Goliath, a small NH coffee shop has prevailed over a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against them by corporate giant Starbucks. Jim and Annie Clark own and operate the Black Bear Micro Roastery, located in Tuftonboro, NH. One of the coffee blends offered to their customers is called “Charbucks.” […]

Protecting Your Ownership of Employee-Created Intellectual Property

An employer might assume that any intellectual property created by an employee in connection with the employee’s job duties will automatically become the exclusive property of the employer. However, without taking the necessary measures to ensure this, that assumption could prove incorrect. Employee Inventions Where There Is NO Enforceable Assignment-of-Inventions Agreement. Often, in the absence […]

Guidelines to Follow with your Business Blog

The internet has become a business’s best friend and worst enemy.  The major benefit is that it is an easy way to reach millions of people.  Thus making the internet an easy way to advertise a business’s goods and services. Each year, more businesses turn to blogs in order to cheaply and effectively promote what […]

Chicago Judge Rules in Favor of Motorola on Apple’s Patent Infringement Claim

The Chicago Tribune reports that federal court Judge Richard A. Posner has ruled on one of several patent infringement claims brought by Apple Inc. in favor of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. In this particular claim, Apple alleged that six applications used by Motorola on its devices infringed its patent on touch-screen finger-tap functionality, which has […]