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The Woes of Failing to Conduct a Trademark Search - April 10, 2015

It's happened again. Peddler Brewing Company has been forced to change the name of one of its popular beers from "TANGERINE WHEAT" to "TANGERINE HEFEWEIZEN" after receiving a cease and desist letter from Lost Coast Brewing Company (Lost Coast). Read More »


Why Trademark Owners Should Care about the B&B Hardware Decision - April 6, 2015

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court decided the case of B&B Hardware v. Hargis Indus. This case represented a long-standing trademark battle brought in both federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Read More »


Startups Continue to Wait on SEC's Equity Crowdfunding Regulations - November 6, 2014

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The Act provides for a new exemption from the SEC's requirement to register public offerings, possibly paving the way for startups to issue up to $1 million of securities to up to 2,000 public investors, via online funding portals. Read More »


Succession Planning - Even Startups Need to Have the Conversation - November 5, 2014

Startup companies have unique challenges, but succession planning is one area that both startups and well-established businesses should likewise be considering. No matter the stage of your business, the time to start thinking about succession planning is now. Read More »


Political Ads Give Lesson On Copyright Infringement - November 3, 2014

With Election Day nearly here, the end of political ad season is finally upon us. As Iowans know, these days you can't use the TV, Internet or radio without being bombarded with ads telling you why you should vote for a particular candidate or, more commonly, what's wrong with the candidate's opponent. Read More »


SEC Announces Settlement with Operator of Bitcoin Websites - June 4, 2014

Recently the SEC announced a settlement with Erik T. Voorhees, an operator of two Bitcoin-related websites, for publicly offering shares in the two web ventures, FeedZeBirds or SatoshiDICE, without registering the offerings. Read More »


Google's Nest acquisition has much to do with patents - January 27, 2014

The news of Google's acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? Read More »


Lots of Ways to Get in Trademark Trouble - November 11, 2013

Trademarks are most often thought of as words or designs that convey the source of the product. Everyone knows whose product it is when they see the Nike "swoosh" or encounter the words "Coca-Cola." Read More »


Patent Trolls Take a Toll on Startups - August 26, 2013

Patent trolls, who buy vague and overly broad patents to demand fees from companies, have recently started targeting tech startups with patent infringement lawsuits. Read More »


Supreme Court Rules on Human Gene Patent Debate - June 24, 2013

Angelina Jolie recently made headlines for her preemptive mastectomy after learning that she carried the BRCA genes, which are linked to breast cancer. It is not often that pop culture intersects with patent law, but on June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion that had been anxiously awaited by many in the scientific community and had ties to Jolie's news. Read More »


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