Monthly Archive: January 2007

Trademark 101: two companies cannot use an identical mark for similar or related products. This is to avoid consumer confusion. The company that owns an earlier federal registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) generally prevails; the other must change the name of its product (with many nuances and exceptions, of course!). Now …

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On January 1, Bulgaria and Romania became the 26th and 27th members of the European Union (“EU”). Bulgaria and Romania are probably not on your radar now, but they may be in the future, as the two countries continue to grow their economies and modernize their infrastructures to meet EU standards. In the meantime, the …

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A couple of individuals whose last names are Tucker and Ruth have filed a couple of important law suits in the last month. Class action law suits which means that the plaintiff is asserting that the true number of plaintiffs that form the ‘class’ in the ‘action’ are too numerous to count. The operative word …

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