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Publishing contracts

Publishing contracts The publishing contract is an agreement that defines the relationship between an author and her publisher. Publishing contracts typically contain elements that speak to territory, rights, ownership, financial issues, delivery of the manuscript,...

What is a Habit?

As we enter springtime, you may feel far away from your New Year's resolution. That may be because of the success rate of NYE resolutions. In fact, January 17 is often hailed as "Quitter's Day." If you want some stats, only 8% of respondents tend to stick with their...

Common Contract Mistake

Common Contract Mistake #1.  Not Having Written Agreements with EVERYONE You Do Business With. Common contract mistake. Without question, the most common contract mistake is not having the terms of an agreement memorialized in a written document. I am often taken...

Trademark A Name

How to Trademark a Name A trademark can be a word, phrase, design, logo, color, sound, or a combination of those things that identifies the source of a product or service.  Surnames can be also used as trademarks, but only under certain circumstances. Primarily...

AI and copyright

The Ongoing AI Authorship Debate. Artificial Intelligence (“AI”), while not new, has become the new darling of the technology world. AI-generated works of art have ignited a firestorm among legal professionals. Why? Because traditionally copyright protected works of...

Trademark A Name

Trademark A Name

How to Trademark a Name A trademark can be a word, phrase, design, logo, color, sound, or a combination of those things that identifies the source of a product or service.  Surnames can be also used as trademarks, but only under certain circumstances. Primarily...

AI and copyright

AI and copyright

The Ongoing AI Authorship Debate. Artificial Intelligence (“AI”), while not new, has become the new darling of the technology world. AI-generated works of art have ignited a firestorm among legal professionals. Why? Because traditionally copyright protected works of...

AI Buzzwords. 

AI Buzzwords. 

Everyday in the world of technology there are new AI buzzwords being used. Are you confused by what they all mean? For example, what is the “metaverse?” What is meant by ChatGPT, OpenAI, Midjourney, DALL-E, and Bard? In fact, what is AI? This blog post is a quick...

Trademark Benefits

Trademark Benefits

Benefits of Trademark Registration. There are many benefits of trademark registration. The Lanham Act, the law governing trademarks in the United States, does not require that a trademark be registered. Therefore, as the owner of a trademark, you never need to...

Trademark Duration

Trademark Duration

How long does a trademark last? A registered trademark, one registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), lasts forever—so long as certain post-registration formalities are performed. Oftentimes, trademark registrants overlook this simple, yet...

What is a Trademark?

What is a Trademark?

What is a trademark? It is a source identifier. A thing we call a device that tells consumers where a product or a service originates from.  A trademark can be a word, a logo, a design, a phrase, a slogan, a color, a sound, a fragrance, or a combination of...

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