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What’s in a name? US Supreme Court Affirms Trademark’s Law on Restriction of Registration of Disparaging Marks Violates Free Speech Provision of the US Constitution.

June 22, 2017

Under 15 U. S. C. §1052(a), the USPTO may deny registration of a trademark that may “disparage . . . or bring. . . into contemp[t] or disrepute” any “persons, living or dead.” In the Supreme Court case of Matal, Interim Director, United States Patent And Trademark Office v. Tam (U.S. Ct, June 2017), No. 15–1293, 2017 WL 2621315, Simon Tam, lead singer of the rock group “The Slants,” chose this moniker for his band to “reclaim” the term and…

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Protecting Intellectual Property – The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

June 12, 2017

By: Greg Johnson For many companies, their intellectual property is their raison d’être.  Organizations spend thousands of dollars protecting themselves from computer hackers, external intrusions, computer viruses and so forth. Ironically, as often as not, the persons who are able to do the most harm to a company are its employees and departing employees. Several years ago, the Ponemon Institute, a privacy management research firm, and Symantec, a computer security applications company, announced the results of a co-sponsored survey of…

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Partner Keith Trefry Judges First Annual Eagle’s Nest Business Pitch Competition

June 5, 2017

Paine Hamblen is proud to announce that partner, Keith Trefry, was selected to judge the first annual Eastern Washington University Center for Entrepreneurship’s Eagle’s Nest Business Pitch Competition, which took place on Thursday, May 18th. The Competition began last November with a total of 35 student teams entering. After advancing through two preliminary rounds, seven student teams remained to compete for over $5,000 in prize money, with the top team taking home $2,500! The teams pitched their ideas to a…

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