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Don’t fall for these trademark scams

Scams are nothing new for trademark applicants and registrants.  Because the application is a public-record, it’s quite easy for anyone to identify those who’ve recently filed or received office actions and target them.

There are two new(ish) scams that have started showing up that are worth warning you about so you don’t wind up a victim.

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New for 2024: Federal Reporting Requirement Affects Most Small Businesses

Navigating the Corporate Transparency Act for Small Businesses and Legal Entities The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is a pivotal piece of legislation that impacts many small businesses with LLC or corporation structures, among others. Enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, the CTA aims to enhance transparency and combat… Continue Reading

Gordon Firemark receives Texas Star Award recognizing achievements and contributions to Entertainment Law.

Last week, I attended the UTCLE/Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Association’s 33rd annual Entertainment Law Initiative. On Thursday, I was honored to be recognized as the 2023 recipient of the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law association’s Texas Star Award for achievements in and contributions to the field of Entertainment Law. Better still, I was thrilled… Continue Reading

Guarding Your Digital Presence: A Comprehensive Guide to Spotting and Protecting Against Deepfakes

As a lawyer deeply involved in the realms of digital content creation, podcasting, and media law, I understand the importance of safeguarding one’s online identity and intellectual property. In this blog post, we’re going to delve into the world of deepfakes – those eerily convincing digital manipulations that can pose a serious threat to both… Continue Reading

Firemark among Best Lawyers in America 8 years running.

For the eighth year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I’m grateful that my colleagues have again voted for me to receive this recognition. Helping Entertainment Professionals Realize Their Dream is my mission, and I’m proud to… Continue Reading

Why you’re getting so many Privacy Policy Update emails in June 2023

Why you’re getting so many Privacy Policy Update emails in June 2023

Have you noticed an influx of privacy policy update notices lately? Here’s why it’s happening now. California Privacy Law In November 2020, California passed the The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), a significant piece of legislation that has sparked waves of these changed privacy policy notices. What’s the CPRA? The CPRA builds upon the existing… Continue Reading

Influencers: Could You Be Liable for Trademark Infringement? California Court Says “Yes”

Social media influencers have become a powerful force in the marketing world. With millions of followers, they can reach a large and targeted audience for brands of all sizes. However, this type of marketing comes with some risks, including potential liability for trademark infringement. In a recent case, a California court ruled that model and… Continue Reading

Jack Daniel’s Flushes Out Poop-Themed Dog Toy in Trademark Battle

JACK DANIEL’S PROPERTIES, INC. v. VIP PRODUCTS LLC USSC Case no. 22-148 Decided June 8, 2023 Jack Daniel’s has emerged victorious in its legal battle over a dog toy that parodied its iconic liquor bottle. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the liquor maker, allowing it to revive its trademark lawsuit against… Continue Reading

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