Patent Trolls: The Complete Guide

We have one-time IBM patent lawyer Peter Detkin to thank for the phrase “patent troll.” In Detkin’s time, the phrase almost always referred to the practice of buying low-value patents for the purpose of threatening nuisance litigation. The easiest way to define the phrase for today’s world is to say that it refers to any … [Read More]

Periodic Table of Famous Trademarks

Just how many registered trademarks are there in the United States? According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), there are more than 600,000 — and that’s as of 2012. With tens of thousands of trademark applications between then and now, the number could reach as high as 700,000 in 2014. We could spend time … [Read More]

Guide To Winning Trademark Litigation Infographic

Trademark litigation is rarely pleasant. Yet it is becoming an increasingly frequent fact of business life. Trademark applications spiked in the mid-00s, and the trend doesn’t appear to be going away. More trademark applications means more chances to get caught in trademark litigation. Once you put your brand on a product or service, you enter … [Read More]

Startup Trademarking Infographic

In 2010, 340 of every 100,000 adults launched a business each month. If you’re a new small business owner and you want to eliminate the chance of having to deal with any future costly trademark disputes, it’s highly recommended that you take the time to file an application and register your trademark with the United … [Read More]

Trademark Trolls Infographic

The presence of trademark trolls in the world of business has been steadily increasing over the past few years. According to a recent survey, the number of trademark troll cases in the U.S. increased from 1,401 cases in 2005 to 5,842 cases in 2011. In addition, the aggregate costs incurred to the U.S. economy by … [Read More]

Big Corporate Lawsuits Infographic

Corporate lawsuits are widely prevalent. At any given time, the average large corporation in the U.S. can be juggling 37 lawsuits simultaneously. Lawsuits can also be fairly costly for companies on both sides of the table. It is estimated that litigation costs represent more than seventy percent of overall legal spending by the average U.S. … [Read More]

The Biggest Pop Culture Trademark Blunders [INFOGRAPHIC]

Registering a trademark isn’t as simple as filling out an application and paying your fees.  Just ask Jeremy Lin (of “Linsanity” fame), Donald Trump and Harley Davidson – all of whom have faced challenges securing their desired trademarks. For more details on their specific cases and for even more pop culture trademark blunders, check out … [Read More]