Intellectual Property

In a bitterly fought litigation over the term “comic-con,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ordered a stay pending the appeal of a large attorney’s fees award. This case goes back several years and spans a costly litigation pitting two different conventions from two...

An important aspect of doing business in a competitive environment has always been keeping a company’s trade secrets secret. This is not always easy to do given the transitory nature of employees coming and going in and out of a company. As a result, most...

The use of sensor technology and hi-tech systems in precision agriculture has resulted in large quantities of data about farm conditions, operations, and yields in the possession of agricultural technology providers. Agricultural technology providers or “ATPs” are constantly developing new software algorithms to organize and...

A US patent gives the patent holder a right to exclude others from making, using, and importing the patented invention into the US.  Most every other country has similar patent laws and grant patents that are enforceable within their territories.  In order to receive a...

Since it is difficult in the food and beverages industries to keep trade secrets, or to invent things so totally new that they can be patented, “trade dress” and other types of branding are especially important forms of intellectual property protection. A recent case, however,...

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...

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