For years our clients have gotten e-messages, usually from other countries, alleging (presumably untruthfully) that someone else was planning to register companywebsite.cn or companywebsite.hk or something similar. The goal of the e-message senders was to get our clients to pay for domain names that they did not need. There is a new twist on this […]
Seth Nehrbass, Patent Attorney, appeared on television again, this time discussing the NFL fleur-de-lis kerfuffle involving Defend New Orleans. https://www.fox8live.com/2023/07/22/one-company-fights-another-adjusts-after-nfl-cease-desist-letters/ Seth M. Nehrbass, Patent Attorney, New Orleans, SNehrbass@patents.gs, (504) 835-2000, ext. 105.
GARVEY, SMITH & NEHRBASS, PATENT ATTORNEYS, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that Vanessa M. D’Souza and Julia M. FitzPatrick have become equity partners in the firm. Our firm is the largest boutique patent law firm in Louisiana with our practice areas focusing solely on intellectual property matters, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, with all seven […]
+ Regulations implementing the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) went into effect on December 18, 2021. One change under the Trademark Modernization Act provides a new deadline period for responding to Office Actions in trademark applications. The prior deadline requirement of six months is now shortened to three (3) months with an option to […]
+Any products marketed under a US patent should be marked with “U.S. Patent” followed by the patent number, and (preferably) /or with the following: “Patented and/or Patent Pending. website name/patents.” The phrase “website name/patents” can be replaced with a page on the patent owner’s website which contains a listing of the published patent applications and/or […]
Everyone is talking about AI (artificial intelligence). Programs such as ChatGPT (to create text), https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt, and Artiphoria AI (to create images), https://www.artiphoria.ai/, are readily available. There are many others available. See, for example, https://www.pcguide.com/apps/chat-gpt-alternative/, for both free programs and paid versions. However, there are things to keep in mind when using these programs. First, just […]
On 30 May 2023, Jennifer A. Abruzzo, General Counsel of the NLRB, issued MEMORANDUM GC 23-08. In the 6-page memo, she states in part: In workplaces across America, many employers are requiring their employees to sign non-compete agreements to obtain or keep their jobs, or as part of severance agreements. Generally speaking, non-compete agreements between […]
Patent fees to the United States Patent and Trademark Office are divided into three categories: large entity, small entity and micro entity. Recently signed into law, the Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022 aims to lower the financial entry barrier for innovators. The law increases the small entity discount from 50% to 60% and micro […]