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Apple’s New Patent is Another Step in the Journey of Smartphone/Automobile Integration

Most citizens of the more-developed countries on the planet accept the fact that the smartphone is becoming a larger and larger part of everyone’s lives. To that end, famed internet statistician Mary Meeker has recently shown just how much people love their devices. As one might expect, with people using their smartphones more and more, companies are looking for all sorts of ways to implement smartphones into their business plans.

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Apple Protects Its Intellectual Property In Multiple Ways

A few days ago the headlines hit the news that Apple can now apply to trademark its retail store design in Europe. The European Union court said that Apple can register an image of its store layout as a trademark with the German Patent and Trademark Office, which originally denied Apple’s application. Because the court decision is valid in 28 EU member states Apple may get trademarks for the store design not only in Germany but in all the EU countries. 

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Net Neutrality and You

If you’ve been exposed to any media outlet recently, you’ve probably heard the phrase “net neutrality” being tossed around. While there are a number of descriptions available online (including my personal favorite), in short, net neutrality means that all data traveling through the “pipes” of the internet must be treated equally by internet service providers. Now this might seem reasonable to you, especially because it is the current law in the United States as well as in the European Union.

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Overblown and Overhyped: A Legal Assessment of the Cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ Trademarks

As many have likely now heard, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), namely the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), has canceled six trademark registrations owned by Pro-Football, Inc. and attributable to the “Washington Redskins” American football team of the National Football League (NFL). Each of the canceled trademarks bore the word “redskin” or some derivative in each of the trademarks.

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Google Tries to Trademark “Glass”

Google, the Mountain View-based search giant, is preparing for the release of their hotly anticipated new product, Google Glass. Aside from promoting Google Glass through various publicity stunts, Google is also looking to protect their legal rights associated with Google Glass. The company has filed a number of patent applicationspertaining to the technology contained in Google Glass. However, recently Google has turned their eye towards a new realm of protection; federally registered trademarks.

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