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Friday Factoid – 4.5.13

Not only does Lamborghini (the Italian car company) own registered trademarks on its names, it also registered with the USPTO a trademark on the unique way its car doors open. Source: USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), USPTO Reg. No. 2,793,439

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Friday Factoid – 3.29.13

As a lead-up to the creation of hundreds of new global top level domain names (i.e., .web and .lawyer), the Trademark Clearinghouse is now accepting applications to record registered marks and certain other marks.  Owners who record their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse may apply to pre-register certain domain names that are an “identical match”…

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Friday Factoid – 3.22.13

Kodak (which filed for bankruptcy) developed the digital camera and obtained a patent for digital cameras well before they were mass produced.  Kodak chose not to invest in its new technology because it feared digital cameras would undercut existing sales for its film business.  Ultimately, digital cameras dominated the photography market.  An agreement was recently…

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Friday Factoid – 3.15.13

A 2012 study of jobs conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center found that IP-intensive industries account for 55.7 million direct and indirect jobs, over $5 trillion in national gross domestic product, and 74% of total U.S. exports. Source: http://www.ndpconsulting.com/Ndp_News.htm

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Friday Factoid – 3.08.13

The song “Happy Birthday to You” is protected by copyright (until at least 2030). Source: http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/birthday.asp

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Friday Factoid – 3.01.13

Article 27(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes intellectual property rights as a fundamental human right. Source: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

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Friday Factoid – 2.22.13

In 1938, the creators of the Superman character and comics (Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster) sold their intellectual property rights in the Superman character for a mere $130. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/the-fight-for-superman-warner-bros-retains-rights-to-man-of-steel-in-major-court-ruling/2012/10/17/c5f8e5f2-18c1-11e2-8bfd-12e2ee90dcf2_blog.html

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Friday Factoid – 2.15.13

The number of worldwide Internet users increased 566% between 2000 and 2012.  The pool of available Internet Protocol numbers (also known as IP addresses) under the current numbering protocol is shrinking.  As a result, there is an increasing demand for assigned but unused IP addresses, which businesses should recognize and value as part of their…

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Friday Factoid – 2.08.13

A recent Brookings Institution study of patents issued between 1980 and 2012 indicates that 63% of U.S. patents were issued for inventions developed in 20 metropolitan areas, which are home to only 34% of the U.S. population. Source: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2013/02/patenting%20prosperity%20rothwell/patenting%20prosperity%20rothwell.pdf

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Friday Factoid – 2.01.13

If the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registers a trademark or service mark, the mark will be registered only as it is used to identify certain branded goods or services.  Marks may be registered in multiple classes of goods and/or services.  For example, the USPTO registered SUPER BOWL for the National Football League…

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