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Archive for April 2012

Government Contracts: Be Sure the Teammates Make the Cut

The “teaming” of businesses to achieve certain advantages for bidding on government contracts has picked up especially in the area of set-asides under the 2010 Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, encouraging the award of government work to legally defined small businesses. When a large business teams up with a small business to qualify for…

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PTO Scam Alert to Trademark Owners

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) is warning business owners and individuals who own federal trademark registrations to be wary of unsolicited mail and emails that look official but are really are the work of scam artists.  Here’s how the scam works.  The scammers find your contact and official registration information using the public…

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FTC Privacy Report

In April 2012, the Federal Trade Commission issued its report entitled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change.”  You can read that here, or saved locally here. The Report, while a comprehensive review of hundreds of undoubtedly conflicting filings by the various extreme factions on privacy issues, ultimately just boils down to the…

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For Google's sin, it gets (Rosetta) Stoned

Not so fast, says the 4th Circuit.  Many lawyers and bloggers had assumed Google would win its case in which Rosetta Stone alleged that Google was contributing to the infringement of Rosetta Stone’s trademarks . . . but Google mostly lost on appeal. The Rosetta Stone case involves use of “adwords” – Google adwords are…

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Delaying trademark enforcement can impact your rights

A question often arises – does an owner of an intellectual property right have the duty to enforce it?  While the answer is no, the failure to do so in the face of known infringement can damage and limit the ability to enforce the right in the future.  This legal doctrine – laches – borrows…

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