Q & A – Is fan fiction copyright infringement?

Link to the original post on Quora! Q: If I write a fanfic of original content and private messaged to a friend instead of posting it online, is it still an infringement of copyright? I’m new to writing and I think my fanfic is too close to the original, and a lot of...

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What is the trademark use requirement?

The trademark use requirement divides applications into two different types: “intent to use” and “actual use.” Whether you need to file an intent to use application or an actual use application depends on your “date of first use in commerce.” As with any legal...

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What’s a valid trademark specimen?

Trademark Specimen - How To Do It Right (But Seriously, Talk To a Lawyer) It's been a while since I've posted, so it's high time I post yet another short blog entry that virtually no one will read! Let's talk about trademark specimens. With trademark clients, I find...

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Should you trademark a logo or a brand name first?

I am often faced with clients that need to know whether to trademark a logo or a brand name first. It's a question I get with some regularity, and I think it's worth writing a quick post about it. To kick this off, there are two broad categories of trademarks:...

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How much does it cost to get a patent?

The cost to get a patent really varies. Let's get into why. As a preliminary note, this post is focused on utility patents, not on provisional patent applications or design patents. The cost to get a patent as described in this post are ballpark figures only. This...

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So what are copyrights and trademarks?

Copyrights and trademarks are two entirely separate intellectual properties that are frequently confused. This post should help clear up what each one is and why each exists. Let's start with copyrights. To grossly oversimplify, copyrights protect your creative works,...

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