Are Politicians Exempt From Copyright Laws?

It’s 2016 and the political campaigns are in full gear with campaign advertisements and rallies. Such advertisements and rallies are often accompanied by excerpts of popular songs of various artists to help promote a candidate’s theme and message. Judging from the widespread use of such songs without consent or license, for instance the unauthorized […]

By |March 8th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Are Politicians Exempt From Copyright Laws?|

Trademark Dispute for Yosemite National Park

Surprisingly, even the federal government can find itself in trouble with maintaining control of its intellectual property. Such is the case with the National Park Service and Yosemite National Park who according to a recent Associated Press article has found itself in a dispute with its former management/concessions company over the ownership of the […]

By |March 7th, 2016|General, Trademark|Comments Off on Trademark Dispute for Yosemite National Park|

Maintaining Intellectual Property

The popularity of IKEA has grown in recent years, especially in Florida with new stores in Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. While IKEA may be experts in the business of maintaining very popular furniture stores around the world, like most companies they find it difficult to maintain their intellectual property rights without the […]

By |February 18th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Maintaining Intellectual Property|

2016 Annual Steet Painting Extravaganza A Success

On January 25, 2016 Livingston Loeffler, P.A. participated as a sponsor in the annual Chalk Art “Street Painting Extravaganza” which took place on 5th Avenue in Beautiful downtown Naples, Florida. Every year, thousands of people flock to 5th Avenue to view and admire the street which is transformed into a half mile long work […]

By |January 25th, 2016|General|Comments Off on 2016 Annual Steet Painting Extravaganza A Success|

Intellectual property assets: More than money matters

Hopefully by now, Naples readers understand the value of intellectual property assets. But patents, trademarks and copyrights matter more than just economically. We have found two recent stories that do an excellent job of illustrating why it is important to respect a company’s intellectual property and what happens if other businesses disregard those legal […]

By |May 22nd, 2013|General|0 Comments|

FBI gets serious about state-sponsored trade secret theft

If you’re under the impression that intellectual property is a rather…dry area, the FBI’s most recent public-relations initiative might change your mind.

The FBI believes that state-sponsored theft of trade secrets from American companies has gotten so out of control that it has become a national security concern; when jobs are as scarce as they […]

By |May 18th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Maker’s Marks swats tequila maker over trademark-infringing wax seal

When you see a bottle of liquor with a bright red wax seal on it, what is the first phrase that comes into your head?

Beam Inc. hopes that most Florida residents would respond, “Maker’s Mark,” because since its establishment in 1958, the company has invested serious money in marketing its Marker’s Mark bourbon chiefly […]

By |May 11th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Famous authors have different opinions on fan fiction and copyrights

Having flocks of devoted readers is probably one of the greatest compliments an author could ever hope to receive. After all, there is no better proof that people love an author’s work than if millions of them buy it and read it.

But what if these hordes of enthusiastic readers take an author’s characters and […]

By |May 5th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Patent office seeking comments regarding extra secrecy for certain applications

National security is a priority that has waxed and waned throughout time. When our country is at war, for example, we are willing to make concessions in the name of national security. But during peacetime, we view it as less of a priority.

Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would seek […]

By |April 26th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Lawsuit asks whether recipes can be considered a trade secret

Update: For an interesting perspective on intellectual property as it applies to recipes, check out this story. It originates in Singapore, so the laws naturally are not the same as in the U.S., but the philosophies at work are probably similar.

It has been awhile since we have brought Naples readers a story about trade […]

By |April 20th, 2013|General|0 Comments|