United States Trademark Infringement Law

The Basics on United States Trademark Infringement Law

United States Trademarks To talk about trademark infringement, we first must address what a trademark is. A trademark can be any word, phrase, symbol, design, or combination of these things that are used to identify goods or services. For example, the word mark “Apple” for a computer. A trademark identifies the sources of your goods

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Turning the Tables: The Power of Calling the Defendant as an Adverse Witness

Calling the Defendant as an Adverse Witness As a plaintiff at trial, there is no better way to prove your case than through the mouth of the defendant. Securing statements directly from the defendant can often provide the most compelling evidence for your case. When jurors hear incriminating or contradictory statements from the defendant themselves,

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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Sabotaging Your Own Content to Thwart AI Training

In its ongoing efforts to satisfy ChatGPT’s colossal appetite for content on which to “train” its algorithms, OpenAI continues to announce major licensing deals with partners ranging from traditional publishing stalwarts like Time and The Atlantic to user-generated content platforms like Reddit and Stack Overflow (and its sister site Stack Exchange, which will be referred

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What Foreign Businesses Should Know About U.S. Lawsuits

United States Law Suits I have represented countless foreign entrepreneurs and businesses evaluating or negotiating a potential business relationship in the United States. One of the toughest things I have to do is explain why the U.S. legal system is so different from what these clients are used to in Europe, Asia, or elsewhere. Business

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USPTO Proposes to Raise United States Trademark Fees

USPTO Trademark Costs Will be Increasing The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) wants to raise certain trademark fees, consistent with its fee-setting authority. If USPTO’s proceeds with their current plans (which it almost certainly will), the costs associated with trademark registration in the United States will go up considerably for trademark owners. In

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Settlement Agreements: Success Without Trial

Settling Litigation: The Power of a Well-Crafted Agreement Stuck in a legal battle that feels like an endless war? You’re not alone. Litigation is usually expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally draining. But there’s a way out. In most cases, settling your dispute outside of court can be the smarter option. Here’s where a well-crafted settlement agreement

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The Legal Tightrope: Using Secret Recordings in California Litigation

“Everything” is Recorded . .  . . With smartphones in everyone’s pockets, secretly recording conversations has become almost second nature for some. These recordings might seem like the ultimate evidence in legal battles, but beware: they’re usually inadmissible in court and often illegal to obtain. So, what happens when your “smoking gun” is an illegal

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Harris Sliwoski LLP Welcomes Esteemed Litigation Team

We are pleased to announce the addition of an esteemed litigation team to the Oregon office. Matt Goldberg, Nicole Gossett-Roxbury, and Deb Fernando have joined our law firm from Lotus Law Group. They will continue to focus on high-stakes business and real estate litigation. Their clients include business owners and operators, investors, financial institutions, and

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Buying a home in Europe – Renovation and bricolage

This is the third post in Harris Sliwoski’s online series, in which Shannon Brandao will guide you through the practical, legal, and personal considerations of purchasing a home in Europe. See past posts here:  Where can YOU buy a home in Europe? Well, that depends . . . Where to buy a home in Europe:

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A Mexico Company Formation Guide

Forming a Company in Mexico Mexico’s economy is booming, driven by a young and tech-savvy population, its strategic location next to the US, favorable trade deals with North America and the EU, and a government eager to attract foreign investment. This surge has attracted a wave of companies from various industries, all eager to tap