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Monthly News Roundup – August 2023

Monthly News Roundup – August 2023

Need some good reading material? Here's a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month! "USPTO believes adding advanced AI technologies “offers unique opportunities to leapfrog forward to further enhance patent search...

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Fair Use For Trademarks

Fair Use For Trademarks

Due to numerous lawsuits, particularly in the music industry, it is well known there is a “fair use” doctrine for copyrighted works. But did you know there are also scenarios which allow for the fair use of trademarks?  First, what is a trademark? The United States...

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How the UNCF Unite Conference Inspired the Michelson IP Team

How the UNCF Unite Conference Inspired the Michelson IP Team

By Chinwe Ohanele
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Unite was an incredible conference running from July 17 through July 20 in Atlanta Georgia that brought together educators from over 47 historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and over 1000 attendees dedicated to the success of Black students. The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP) was honored to both sponsor the conference and facilitate “Democratizing IP Education.” The panel was in partnership with Dr. Muhsinah Morris of Morehouse College, Professor Tuneen Chisohlm of Howard University School of Law and Kene Turner of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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What If We Didn’t Have Intellectual Property Laws?

What If We Didn’t Have Intellectual Property Laws?

A Day without IP Laws? We asked ChatGPT to help us out with this question and here's what they came up with: If the United States didn't have intellectual property laws, it would have significant implications on various aspects of society, innovation, and the economy....

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Monthly News Roundup – July 2023

Monthly News Roundup – July 2023

Need some good reading material? Here's a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month! "The ruling comes after Touchstream filed a complaint in June 2021 claiming that it met with Google in December 2011 and was told...

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Monthly News Roundup – June 2023

Monthly News Roundup – June 2023

Need some good reading material? Here's a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month! "Overstock.com Buys Bed Bath & Beyond Intellectual Property for $21.5 Million." - Overstock.com Buys Bed Bath & Beyond...

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How To Copyright Artwork For Free

How To Copyright Artwork For Free

While official copyright registration typically involves fees, there are preliminary steps you can take to protect your artwork without incurring substantial costs. Here are a few suggestions on how to copyright artwork for free: Recognize automatic copyright Be aware...

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Famous Trade Secrets: Top Ways to Protect your IP

Famous Trade Secrets: Top Ways to Protect your IP

Famous trade secrets are a hallmark of intellectual property law being put into practice. Think: Coca-Cola and WD-40. What do these well-known products have in common?  They use trade secrets as a means of protecting their intellectual property.  Coca-Cola protects...

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Monthly News Roundup – May 2023

Monthly News Roundup – May 2023

Need some good reading material? Here's a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month! "LeBron James loves Taco Tuesday®. But he’s not a fan of that tiny, encircled “R” symbolizing the slogan’s registered trademark....

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What is a plant patent?

What is a plant patent?

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day was this Sunday, May 21. But what is the IP behind the seeds and plants of our produce? In this article, we are asked to take a look at: what is a plant patent?  What is a plant patent?  Marilyn Monroe was an icon of the silver...

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Monthly News Roundup – April 2023

Monthly News Roundup – April 2023

Need some good reading material? Here's a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month! "...open questions around AI-driven innovation have grown bigger than Thaler. And if the U.S. inventorship rules are going to...

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Monthly News Roundup – March 2023

Monthly News Roundup – March 2023

Need some good reading material? Here's a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month! "Now, more than 30 years after Fish Market was released, Steely & Clevie Productions is suing three of reggaeton’s most...

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Monthly News Roundup – February 2023

Monthly News Roundup – February 2023

Need some good reading material? Here's a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into the past month! "In 2013, Katrina Parrott came up with the idea of emojis in diverse skin tones, years before they made their way to smartphones...

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Four Things We’ve Learned about IP Education at HBCUs

Four Things We’ve Learned about IP Education at HBCUs

HBCUs Meet the Finish Line of Michelson IP Program In honor of Black History Month 2023, Michelson IP is giving readers a sneak peek at the work our HBCU IP Futures Collaborative institutions have been doing before the closing of the inaugural program this March....

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Can you patent a recipe?

Can you patent a recipe?

You can patent many types of inventions and creations. There are utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. That said, we'll explore where cuisine/food recipes fall with: can you patent a recipe? Can you patent a recipe? No, you cannot patent a recipe in the...

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