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Cubs Sue ‘Unofficial Mascot’ for Trademark Infringement At first glance, the press begs the question of whether this is a defensible fair use or dilution/trademark infringement? However, if I were the defendants, I would raise a completely different argument.  Who[...]

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Hope springs eternal…springing for more money, that is.

This is the second client in a month coming to me after contacting an invention promotion company.  This firm at least did a respectable patentability search, but they buried it in 200 pages of a slick, yearbook-looking Product Summary Digest.  180[...]

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My Mother is the Necessity…or why you still need business cards in 2014.

On a more personal note, thank you, Mom, for always carrying my business cards with you.  They helped you reclaim your lost wallet in Paris 20 years ago, and they put me in touch with a prospective client at your[...]

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You can catch more flies with honey than with a lawyer…

Here’s how a little civlity, humility and professionalism averted what could have been a lengthy and expensive trademark dispute.  We should all strive to follow their example; I wish they could all go this smoothly. It wasn’t really a course,[...]

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Hope springs eternal…

Sigh… The client came to me with a dream and a blank check. I wish it were that easy for me to make him a million dollars. But he went first to an invention promotion firm he had seen on[...]

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What will come between you and your Calvins, or is your undershirt giving you a reputation?

That was in part the question asked by Chicago Tribune business columnist Phil Rosenthal last Sunday.  Dismayed at the decline in fabric quality and workmanship in his favorite CK undershirts, he asked Klein’s brand managers to answer for the multi-billion[...]

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