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What's the difference between a trademark and service mark?

Two common examples of intellectual property (IP) that business owners need to protect are trademarks and service marks. Both can include words, symbols, designs, names or some combination of these to distinguish a business's product or service from others.

Florida's new tech companies must protect intellectual property

When most people think of tech companies, they think of California's Silicon Valley. However, Miami and Tampa Bay are both becoming hubs for tech startups. One Florida intellectual property (IP) attorney says that "because everybody's moving from the East coast to Florida and there's a lot of money here, and the university system is set up very nicely, I just think it's going to just go crazy in Florida."

Anheuser-Busch seeks a be the 'official beer' of video gaming

Can you be the "official" beer of an entire sport? Anheuser-Busch (A-B) is going to find out. While many people might not consider video gaming a "sport," many fans would argue otherwise. In fact, video games have become known as "esports."

Songwriters' heirs sue CBS over use of iconic theme song

Most everyone knows the theme song to the class television series The Andy Griffith Show -- even though it was simply whistled. The show, which ran from 1960 to 1968 reflected a simple world that seemed far removed from the turbulent times the country was living through. It's still seen in reruns and across multiple media platforms nearly sixty years after its debut.

Protecting your intellectual property from hackers

You can take all available legal steps to help prevent the theft of your intellectual property, including requiring employees, vendors and clients to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs). You can limit access to those required to have it. However, these days, your biggest intellectual property theft threat may come from hackers.

Why punctuation matters in trademark applications

Your grade school teachers were right when they said that punctuation matters -- at least if you're applying for a trademark. One young woman learned that the hard way after her trademark application for a make-up kit was rejected last month by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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