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Top 5 Reasons Why USPTO Denied Your Trademark Application
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), one in five trademark applications will fail their first examination by an examining attorney. Why is that? First, it helps to understand just how trademark applications are reviewed by the USPTO. The USPTO...
The Pros and Cons of Forming Your Business as an LLC or S-Corp in New York
Whether you are still in the process of formulating your business brainchild or have been successfully growing your NYC-based business for years, you should consider what type of legal business entity best serves the short- and long-term financial needs and goals of...
Protecting Yourself and Your Business When Forming a New York Business Partnership
The term “partner” has come into more frequent use in recent decades to describe an ongoing romantic relationship between unmarried persons with perhaps a nod to the world of business arrangements, but an actual business partnership is far more similar to a marriage...
5 Steps Entrepreneurs Can Take Before New Year’s to Build a Better 2019
And just like that, 2018 is on its way out, and 2019 is only a few weeks away. Building your own business can feel like running on a treadmill without an off switch, and one byproduct of that neverending work schedule is that the months seem to fly by much more...
Looking at the #BigPicture in Trademarking Your Company/Brand’s Hashtags
Hashtags have been an easy punchline for about as long as they have been popular on social media engines such as Instagram and Twitter, and this is somewhat propelled by the fact that a good-sized chunk of them serve the one and only purpose of being punchlines to...
Tracy Chapman Suit Against Nicki Minaj Highlight Importance of Protection and Permission
“Sorry is all that you can’t say” is the opening line of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 single “Baby Can I Hold You” (off of her 6x Platinum, Grammy-nominated debut album), but it also seems to be a sentiment Chapman is directing towards megastar Nicky Minaj, who allegedly used...
BMI Battles Against Leading Concert Promoter Association For Songwriters and Composers
As returns from album sales have fallen off the streaming music cliff over the past 15 years, musicians have increasingly had to hit the road to make a living. Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara once told a reporter, “This has become a really blue-collar industry, which...
Can Street Artists Sue For Unauthorized Use of Their Work?
The history of graffiti over the last several decades is a dizzying journey, going from a top urban nuisance in the 1980s to street artists and their work being mythologized and honored in films and museums. And to be a clear, there is a line, if sometimes...
TVEyes, Fox News, and the Future of Fair Use
Ever wonder how shows like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, or even The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale are able to present an assortment of TV clips from around the country and even around the world on a given topic with such...
What Is Actually Included in an Inclusion Rider?
Frances McDormand famously left the 2018 Oscar audience wondering what an “inclusion rider” was, after ending her Best Actress acceptance speech with the two words. In the days after, commentators did provide some description that the phrase refers to a entertainment...
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