Choosing a Trademark:  Why Not be Arbitrary?

By Tom Graves When choosing a trademark for your goods or services, you have many decisions to make:  How can I capture the attention of my customers?  How can I convey the quality of my products?  How can I help consumers make a connection between my trademark and my business? These are all important considerations, but from a legal perspective, you should also be asking yourself the following:  How likely is it that I will be able to register my trademark?  Will another company be able to successfully challenge my trademark?  Has anyone else already used the trademark?  These legal
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Recent Developments in Computer and Internet Law and Technology

By Robert Swider By Marc Visnick   In May 1999 at the Pacific Rim Computer Law Institute in Vancouver, B.C. we made a presentation concerning recent developments in Computer Law; among the topics we discussed were Spam, Jurisdictional Issues, Taxation of Internet Commerce, Recent Legislation, Licensing Issues, Copyright Infringement of Software, Business Method Patents and the Microsoft Antitrust litigation.  There have been many changes in the ensuing dozen years – the consumer shift from desktop PCs to ever – more powerful smart phones and tablet computers; the rise of Google; the incredible explosion of social media sites such as Facebook
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The Cannabusiness Consumer Conundrum

By, Kohel Haver A couple goes into a bar. She orders a Stoli Martini, he orders an Old Fashioned with Bulleit.   The bartender pours Russian vodka and bourbon from Kentucky.  Not a remarkable transaction for adults.  US Trademark law assures the couple that they are getting the products they ask for, the quality and taste they have come to demand and expect.  The FDA ensures the product is free from contaminates. Consumer protection is an unwritten promise included with a federal trademark. Except for the fact you probably won’t be able to consume the purchase on the premises,  under the
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