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Friday Factoid – 12.21.12

This content has been archived. It may no longer be relevantIf your holiday recipe is merely a written list of ingredients, the recipe is not protected under copyright law (although it may be protected as a trade secret).  However, if you include with your ingredient list a substantial additional written work (such as an explanation…

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Friday Factoid – 12.28.12

Although many people use the term champagne as a generic reference to sparkling wine, this term should be used exclusively for sparkling wines that come from the Champagne region of France. More than 70 countries have adopted agreements with Europe that limit the use of the term champagne to identify only certain wine products made…

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Friday Factoid – 12.07.12

In its bankruptcy filing earlier this year, Hostess Brands, Inc. assessed the combined value of its Twinkies, Ding Dong, Ho-Hos, Wonder Bread marks and other intellectual property assets at approximately $135 million. Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/hostess-bankruptcy-wont-kill-twinkies-say-specialists-887716

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Friday Factoid – 11.30.12

The value of the intangible assets in the U.S. economy reached an estimated $14.5 trillion in 2011. Source: http://www.ipvalue-site.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/study.pdf

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Friday Factoid – 11.23.12

Patentable inventions must be novel, useful and not obvious.  The USPTO sometimes makes surprising determinations regarding what is patentable.  A few notable examples include patents issued for a hair comb over, a crustless PB&J sandwich and laser tag with cats. Source: http://www.computerworld.com/slideshow/detail/56621/Wild-and-crazy-patents#slide1

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Friday Factoid – 11.16.12

Domain names may cost $10 per year or less to register, and they can very quickly become very valuable intellectual property.  As of March 24, 2012, more than 70 domain names were sold via public sale for $1,000,000 or more. Source:  http://www.domaining.com/topsales/

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Friday Factoid – 11.9.12

Many celebrities earn substantial royalties long after they die.  Forbes reports that for 2012 the top earning deceased celebrities were Elizabeth Taylor ($210M), Michael Jackson ($145M), Elvis Presley ($55M), Charles Schulz ($37M) and Bob Marley ($17M). Source: http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2012/1024_dead-celebrities.html

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Friday Factoid – 11.2.12

A 1998 study by the Brookings Institution reported that 85 percent of Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) companies’ market value consisted of intangible assets. Source: http://www.wcl.american.edu/blr/01/2sorey.pdf

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Friday Factoid – 10.26.12

Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. President who was issued a United States patent.  This patent, No. 6,469, was granted on May 22, 1849 to Lincoln for a device to help lift boats over shoals and obstructions in a river. Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln%27s_patent

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Friday Factoid – 10.19.12

During the first three quarters of 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office received 309,554 trademark applications (76% of which were filed for electronic processing) and registered 177,121 marks. Source: http://www.uspto.gov/dashboards/trademarks/main.dashxml

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