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P(R)esident T(R)ump

You may have heard that President Trump has just applied to trademark “KEEP AMERICA GREAT.” In fact, he has applied for two trademarks in this phrase. You may not know that Trump already has two registered trademarks for “MAKE AMERICA[...]

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Paul McCartney sues Sony to GET BACK Copyrights

In other IP news, Sir Paul McCartney yesterday sued Sony/ATV Music Publishing to reclaim ownership of his songs. In court papers filed at the U.S. District Court (S.D.N.Y.) in Manhattan, McCartney seeks a declaratory judgment from the court that copyright[...]

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Three Stripes and You’re Out! (of a Trademark)

Adidas successfully opposes Etonic’s application for a trademark for athletic shoes. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board ruled that Etonic’s stylized E (left) looks too much like Adidas’ famous three stripes. Three stripes on shoes since 1952, national sales in the billions, partnerships with[...]

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Have your coffee and wear it too?

The law office comes out of hibernation with news of an invention that will warm your inside as well as out–Coffee yarn! Cheng-Chun Huang of Taiwan discovered a way to infuse yarn with coffee grounds. The yarn can be knit[...]

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Niles North High School Engineering Design & Development class welcomes Lesley Wallerstein

Thrilled to be invited back for another presentation with Robb Barton’s Engineering Design & Development class at Niles North High School. They will learn what patents are, what patents can (and cannot) do, whether they can patent software, the benefits of[...]

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11 (12?) not-so-secret herbs and spices

In trade secret news, Col. Sanders’ nephew showed the Chicago Tribune what he believes to be Kentucky Fried Chicken’s long-held secret recipe. Joe Ledington found the hand-written list on the back of the will of Sanders’ second wife.  KFC officials would not confirm[...]

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An Intellectual Property attorney “Extraordinaire.”

For negotiating and securing licenses for images and text published in Larry Broutman’s latest book, Chicago Monumental. Thank you, Larry. This is why I do what I do.[...]

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July 25 – North Shore LAW presents free “College Send-Off” Event at Northbrook Public Library

As a parent or guardian, your To-Do List to prepare for college, a gap year or simply having an adult child, is not complete without having your young adult review and execute an Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care[...]

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Google invents “human flypaper” for hood of self-driving cars

Google was just awarded U.S. Patent 9340178, for what is essentially a human flypaper coating for the hood of its autonomous vehicles. To the naked eye, the coating appears as ordinary car paint, but hides a multilayer, impact-activated adhesive, not unlike[...]

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MIT scientists invent waterproof, wrinkle-smoothing cream

Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof and Olivo Labs have invented a silicone-based cream that, when applied to the skin, smoothes wrinkles and forms a weightless, waterproof and temporary second-skin.  The cream, when dry, looks and feels like real[...]

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