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Fair Use and Copyright Infringement

In Blog, Copyrights 101, Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

Copyright law is important and in my opinion an extremely important aspect of the art and creative world. Of course, some argue that copyright law is stifling and keeps artists from being able to fully express themselves through their work. No matter what side you sit on, the law is in place to protect the original works of authorship each …

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Licensing Agreements Continued

In Blog, Contracts 101, Copyrights 101, Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

I have mentioned licensing in previous posts, YouTube videos, and articles here on the website. But, I wanted to take a more in-depth look at licensing and help shed some light on why this might be something your business should consider when planning out the future. What does Licensing mean? Simply put, a licensing agreement is an arrangement between two …

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Top 5 instances to use a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

In Blog, Contracts 101, Independent Contractors by Shannon Montgomery

As a business owner and entrepreneur, you are likely to come across many instances where sharing confidential information is a necessity. Things like client lists, buying practices, and even social media passwords and accounts might all be information you need to share, but would want to keep protected. In order to preserve that information as confidential, many businesses utilize Non-Disclosure …

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Wu Tang Clan sues Woof Tang Clan:

In Blog, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Intellectual Property isn’t all transactional. And sometimes, it is actually really exciting. Near the end of 2017, Wu-Tang Clan rapper and producer RZA filed suit against a Brooklyn dog walker and his company Woof-Tang Clan for trademark infringement. The company claims they walk the “illest group of dogs in New York City” but unfortunately for them, RZA finds their name …

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Arbitrary or Fanciful: Choose a Strong Mark

In Blog, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

In Monday’s article, I discussed the importance of not having a company name that is merely descriptive or generic This week I want to talk about the types of marks you do want, in order to obtain trademark registration with the USPTO. As mentioned earlier, distinctiveness gives a mark the ability to distinguish the goods or services upon which it …

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Descriptive business name? Not a good idea:

In Blog, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Distinctiveness is an important aspect of the trademark process. The USPTO does not grant trademark protection to a mark that is generic or merely descriptive. This, of course, is up to the interpretation of the examining attorney, and I have seen some applications denied based on descriptiveness even though I would never have thought so. So what can you do …