Weekly IP Buzz for week ending May 11, 2018
Here's a summary of interesting developments in intellectual property, technology, social media, and Internet law for the week ending May 11, 2018.
France Seizes France.Com
A Frenchman living in America is suing France over France’s recent seizure of the Internet domain that he previously owned: France.com. This dispute is distinctive in the fact that it is not the stereotypical case of brand owner versus domain cybersquatter. Instead, the seizure of this domain from an American citizen by a foreign power raises interesting questions about eminent domain in the realm of intellectual property as opposed to real property as well as jurisdictional questions over venue and governing power. Read more about domains and cybersquatting.
Tough Time Flying? There May be a Patented, Digital Pill For That Soon
If you ever have a tough time flying, struggle with how to combat potential jet leg, or just wish that the flight attendant would bring you water or snacks when you need them, British Airways may be developing the digital pill for you. In March 2014, British Airways filed a patent application entitled “Travel Environmental Control” with the intent to personalize the travel environment to the individual passenger. So how would this work? Read more about patents and digital pills.
4 Common Trademark Registration Mistakes to Avoid
Registering a trademark is an important part of building a brand and growing name recognition. However, trademark filers sometimes make common trademark registration mistakes. The following provides a discussion of these mistakes and steps that can be taken to avoid them. When filing for a trademark registration, applicants must describe the goods and services that they intend to register with the goods and services. One common mistake that applicants make is to limit the goods and services to an overly narrow phrase or description. Read more about Trademark Registration.
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Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charitable movement devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time, and publishes Thriving Attorney, a blog dedicated to exploring the business of the practice of law, productivity and performance for attorneys, and other topics such as law firm leadership and management, law firm culture, and business development for attorneys.
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