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Be the Master of Your Domain

A new client recently engaged our firm to handle an increasingly common problem:  someone had registered a domain name that was almost identical to the client’s own website.  The only difference between the client’s domain and the fake site was an “S” in the domain name, making it plural rather than singular.  The imposter site used the name of the client’s business and featured...

Rafael Nadal is Better at Clay Court Tennis than Anyone Else is at Anything

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal won his record-extending eleventh French Open tennis championship, and his 17th Grand Slam title overall.  To put this in some perspective, Roger Federer, Nadal’s greatest rival, has the second-most title at a single Grand Slam tournament with eight Wimbledon titles.  Nadal’s dominance in Paris is unprecedented:  since his debut in 2005, he has won 11 of the 14 French Opens...

Foreign Trademarks Must Be Registered in the U.S. to Be Enforceable Here

Unlike copyrights or patents, trademarks operate under a country-by-country legal regime.  The legal force of a registered trademark evaporates when crossing a border to a nation where it is not registered.  Without a registration in a country, a foreign trademark owner generally has no effective rights in that country, except for weaker common law rights that derive from actual trademark use. While European...

Beware of Trademark “Registration” Scams

As a trademark attorney, my clients often contact me about some solicitation that the client received in the mail, suggesting that they pay a hefty sum to have their trademark registered on some for-profit trademark list.  These entities have lofty sounding names like the Patent and Trademark Institute, Intellectual Property Register Services, ITR, World Trademark Registry and Trademark Compliance Center, but they...

Michael Steger On the RGG EDU Podcast

Michael Steger appears with Joe Naylor, the CEO of ImageRights International, to discuss copyright issues in photography, on Season 5 of the RGG EDU Podcast: RGG EDU Podcast Season 5 During this podcast Mr. Naylor and Mr. Steger discuss the requirements for registering copyrights, best practices for protecting copyrights and how to pursue infringers.  Use Code SEASON5 for a discount on any RGG EDU tutorial through...

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