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Popsugar Class Action Settlement

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Cohen IP Law Group, PC announces the class action settlement for $2,115,000 in the matter of Batra v. Popsugar Inc., 4:18-cv-03752-HSG (N.D. Cal.), as well as O'Brien et. al. vs. Popsugar Inc., et al., 18CV329645 (Santa Clara Cty.). Michael N. Cohen of Cohen IP Law Group, PC, along with the firm Glancy Prongay & Murray represented plaintiff Nita Batra.  The lawsuit alleged against Popsugar, included claims of copyright infringement, unfair competition, right of publicity, intentional interference with contractual relationship on behalf of Batra, and other plaintiffs and members of the class....

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Michael Cohen Interviewed by Business Insider Podcast “Brought to you by…” Regarding IP Issues of the Whoopee Cushion

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What happens if you fail to file a patent on an invention or trademark for the name of your product?  Well, that is what likely happened with the Whoopee Cushion.  As iconic as it may be today, no successful patents or trademarks were ever filed, resulting in the Whoopee Cushion product to be used by all, and the name to be used without fear of trademark infringement.  Michael Cohen was recently interviewed by Business Insider's podcast series "Brought to you by...

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USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. These actions are an exercise of temporary authority provided to the USPTO by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed by President Trump on March 27. "Inventors and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy, and we recognize that many of them are having difficulty as a result of COVID-19," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Andrei...

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Michael Cohen Interviewed by Foundr.com About the Patenting Process

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Foundr.com interviews Michael Cohen in an article that outlines the US patenting process entitled "How to Patent an Idea.  And Is it Really Worth it?"  The article discusses issues such as the types of patents available, the process, patenting costs, and enforcement issues. https://foundr.com/how-to-patent-an-idea?fbclid=IwAR09SD09Owh9opZ9O62myA_zZIazfKkRN7dBxnOxlyZINB7jILfTTUkPayU...

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Bitcoin Copyright

Making Sense of the Bitcoin Copyright Controversy The cryptocurrency world has been shoved once more into the spotlight after Craig Wright – self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin – filed for two U.S. copyright registrations. One for Bitcoin´s whitepaper, and one for most of the crypto´s original code. The news has spread like wildfire through most financial and tech outlets, and for good reasons. As the most valuable and recognized cryptocurrency, any story involving potential ownership of Bitcoin´s underlying tech is bound to have profound economic implications. The problem, though, is that, since the announcement and subsequent developments revolve around copyright law, there´s also a fair...

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What does a trademark protect?

The World Intellectual Property Organization defines a trademark as a “sign that distinguishes the goods or services of a company from those of others.” It can be a word, an image, a symbol, or a combination of those that are used to represent a brand. There are different reasons why a business may need trademark protection. The most important is probably the fact that many of the buying decisions made by consumers are influenced by trademarks. Some trademarks have become household names and even everyday jargon. For example, Google is now used as a verb: as in you just “Googled” “What does...

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How Long Does a Trademark Last?

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Trademarks are an important part of a business. They are the best way to protect the identity of particular products or services. They also help consumers easily recognize a specific company as the manufacturer or source of a product and encourage customer loyalty. Once a trademark is registered, it is protected from use and misuse by others, and it acquires characteristics similar to other types of property. But, how long does a trademark last? The duration of a trademark registration varies depending on the country laws where it was registered, but it’s typically ten years. How long does a trademark last in...

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USPTO 2018-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN Draft Published

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) publishes its draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan which is an outline of its mission and goals that it wishes to accomplish in the future. The goals primarily relate to increasing the USPTO's quality and timeliness of prosecuting both patents and trademarks.   For example, one specific action they like to implement is providing examiners with information from applicants' other previously filed patent applications within the USPTO and internationally.  In regards to trademarks, the USPTO desires to "maintain first action pendency between 2.5 and 3.5 months with 12 months or less for disposal pendency".  In other words,...

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