Google is running what it calls a ‘patent purchase promotion.’  From May 8 through May 22, 2015, you can offer to sell your issued U.S. patent to Google.  You must provide the patent number, contact information and a take-it-or-leave-it price along with the submission contract.  Google will let you know if it is interested by […]

Question on a Keyboard

Ask Dr. Copyright … Dear Doc: A lawyer friend told me that I should copyright the name of my band, The Miseracordions, so that when I make it big (this polka thing is REALLY gonna take off soon!) I can keep other people from using the name. Apart from our music, that just doesn’t sound right. […]

Question on a Keyboard

Ask Dr. Copyright … Dear Doc: I watched the Big Game (a/k/a SuperBowl®) and though I enjoyed the game (I would report the score, but that might make the NFL angry, since they told us that unauthorized use is strictly prohibited) I really enjoyed the halftime show. My favorite part was the dancing sharks behind […]

It seems like the Aunt Jemima brand of pancakes and syrup has been around forever.  And it almost has. Quaker Oats registered the U.S. trademark for AUNT JEMIMA in 1937. So, it must have been a complete surprise when D.W. Hunter and Larnell Evans, claiming they were the descendants of Anna Short Harrington (reputedly, Aunt […]