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Tweeting and Liking Your Way to Brand Protection (NYSBA Fall 2010 Vol. 28)

United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Here you can find useful information on filing a trademark or patent. Also, a good place to start looking whether or not your mark can be registered.

The New York Law Journal: Net Radio & Royalty Fees

  • “Is the Internet radio destined to be silenced by royalty rates, despite its every increasing popularity and growth? According to many proponents of web casting, the March 2, 2007, decision of the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to dramatically increase royalty rate, by as much as 300 to 1,200 percent, will do exactly that…”
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United States Copyright Office

WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization

  • “The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency to the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safegaurding the public interest.” Here you can find information on, among other things, domain name disputes.

ICANN

  • “ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and inter operable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does not have important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.”

FTC

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Internet Society

  • “The Internet Society is an independent international nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy around the world.”

New York County Lawyers’ Association

  • From CLEs to Pro Bono, this organization is dedicated to their lawyers as well as the community.  Check out the calendar for the public forums on a large array of topics.

Using Keywords for SEO and PPC

  • “Merely having a website is not enough anymore; you have to get it seen!  After all, what good is a website, if there is no traffic?  Enter search engine optimization (SEO).  Your web developer can certainly let you know what you need to do to get your website at the top of the engines, but it is your responsibility, not that of your web developer, to make sure you are doing so safely and legally.  Here are a few things to consider while you are optimizing your site  Read more…

What’s In a Name?

  • “As a business owner, one of your first decisions is the name of your company/product/service. It is, after all, your corporate identity. There is nothing worse than being forced to change your name once you have begun doing business because of a cease and desist letter or an application refusal from the US Patent and Trademark Office. The first plan of action: do not get attached to your trademark until it is yours officially…”  Read more…

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