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What’s The Difference Between A Trademark, A Copyright, And A Patent?

You've got a great idea and you want to protect it; the first step is identifying whether or not you need a patent, a trademark, or a copyright. Though each option is recognized as a type of intellectual property protection, understanding each one can determine which choice you should make. Here are the different definitions for each type of intellectual property. Patent Patents are used among 12 primary industries, but just about anyone can apply…

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Types of Intellectual Property

You may have heard the phrase “intellectual property” used at some point, whether it be in a business or legal context. However, what is intellectual property and what type of protection does it offer? Intellectual property is the umbrella term that covers patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks. This post will explore the different types of intellectual property, what is needed for protection under each, and the pros and cons of using each for protection.…

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Herman Miller v. Office Star

On Tuesday, October 11, a federal jury in California awarded Herman Miller Inc. $8.4 million in a trade dress lawsuit against Office Star. Office Star was accused of using Herman Miller’s overall look of its Eames office chair line in the trade dress suit. Herman Miller is best known for its office furniture, specifically its office chairs. In addition, it also manufactures other office furniture and offers “solutions” for their customers, focusing on making the…

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