Intellectual Property Section

This section provides a resource for lawyers who practice in intellectual property or have an interest in building an intellectual property practice. The practice areas of trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent law fall within this section.

Court Ruling Could Help Redskins in Trademark Case

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that says the government cannot reject trademarks it deems offensive to others could help the Washington Redskins defend the team's own trademark protections. The Federal Circuit court’s ruling comes in a case involving an American-Asian band, The Slants, whose application to trademark its name was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The court said banning offensive trademarks violates the First Amendment. The Redskins are currently appealing the government’s pending withdrawal of its trademark protection. Read more from The Washington Post.

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Rutherford Clerk's Office Owes More Than $175k in Penalties

A state audit revealed the Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk’s office faces $175,135 in penalties and interest because of software problems, the Daily News Journal reports. Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Harrell blamed the penalties on former Circuit Court Clerk Laura Bohling. "Prior to my election to the position of Circuit Court Clerk in August 2014, the previous court clerk had been working for close to two years to implement a new software system that, in the end, cost the taxpayers of Rutherford County close to $1 million in equipment, labor and overhead costs," Harrell said. The audit also noted  "discrepancies in operations at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department are currently being investigated."

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