Intellectual Property

Why Register a Trademark in China? China follows a “first-to-file” system rather than a “first-to-use” system. As a result, trademark rights are granted to individuals or entities that file a trademark first. In addition, because trademarks are territorial, China does not recognize trademarks registered in other...

If your company has a word trademark, a design trademark (aka, logo) or other form of trademark that it would like to register, the Royse Law Firm can help. We advise clients about potential conflicts with other trademarks, and we handle direct registrations in the...

Almost every year the Supreme Court of the United States takes on at least one important patent case. Generally, a patent grants an inventor the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the patented invention. The Supreme Court’s decision this term will have...

An important tool for any business is the Lanham Act, also known as the Trademark Act of 1946, which protects registered trademarks from infringement, dilution, and unfair competition. This is particularly true for businesses in California because state common-law claims of unfair competition and actions...

It may seem bizarre to ask whether an animal can own property. After all, over the ages, animals have generally been considered human property themselves. Today, one of these property rights is in dispute. Copyright is a form of intellectual property law which protects original...

The U.S. Trademark Trials and Appeals Board recently decided that an application for 100% WINE conflicted with an existing U.S. registration for the mark, CENT POR CENTO, also for wine. Are these two trademarks really confusingly similar? Does LOBO BLANCO for beer conflict with WHITE...

Every year the Supreme Court continues to distill and define the rules of intellectual property law, and this year is no different. There are several cases before the high court in this term that involve intellectual property rights, including one about whether a copyrightable or...

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