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    Dan is a senior partner of the Intellectual Property and Technology (IP&T) group (former chair 1997-2009), concentrating his practice on counseling emerging and established businesses in all areas of intellectual property and ...

Scandalous or Satisfactory? How New Trademarks Can Test the Boundaries

Brands may now register for “scandalous” trademarks, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last Monday. Erik Brunetti, a streetwear designer and head of the brand “FUCT,” filed to federally register its brand with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in 2011.  The PTO rejected the application because of the phonetic pronunciation and offensiveness of the word.

With the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair just around the corner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll summer associates sat down with BGD attorneys for their own version of "Ask An Attorney Anything." See their responses below.

Intellectual Property Audits, Management Programs Have Value

Intellectual property has become increasingly complex and inevitably intertwined with many aspects of any organization in today’s fast-moving economy. Sources suggest the value of U.S. IP assets currently exceeds other tangible assets; the largest assets in many tech companies today is indeed their IP. Organizations are thus wise to implement IP management policies tailored to their businesses. This article highlights an audit program that enables an organization to better “mine” its IP through the identification and development of those assets, while also identifying potential IP liabilities. An IP audit maximizes the value of the organization’s IP assets, mitigates IP liabilities and supports an effective IP management program, which is often made an integral part of its strategic planning. Regardless of an organization’s focus, it should have a thorough understanding of its IP environment.

From July 10-20, 2014, several Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys participated in the Indiana Black Expo, Inc.’s 44th Summer Celebration, the IBE’s annual signature event showcasing African American culture through festivals, exhibits, workshops and concerts.

On behalf of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, we would like to congratulate Social Net Watcher, an Indiana start-up business and client of BGD, for being recognized with a 2013 Indiana Innovation Award by Centric.

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner Daniel Boots couldn’t be found in his office from Sept. 17-30 – but that doesn’t mean valuable work wasn’t being done.

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP was pleased to welcome a delegation from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China Investment Promotion Agency (MOFCOM-CIPA) to our Indianapolis office on Thursday, July 26. The delegation’s visit to Indiana was coordinated through the office of Global Business Engagement at Purdue University and Mark Van Fleet, Director.

Bingham Greenebaum Doll is proud to congratulate PatentStatus for winning the 2012 Startup America competition held in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. PatentStatus was one startup among five other competitors vying for the grand prize, tickets to the big game, and more importantly, press coverage and meetings with major influencers and potential clients. Partner Dan Boots assisted PatentStatus through the legal issues of offering online services and streamlining the process, as well as securing a beta test site for its product. 

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently voted to expand the list of top-level domain (TLD) names to include almost any word in any language. Currently, TLDs are limited to individual countries (.au or .uk) and the 22 generic TLDs (.com or .net). Under the new plan, however, gTLDs can be any combination of letters in any script. While the expansion was aimed at addressing the looming problems that have plagued the current system for the past few years, it also presents significant new challenges.

This past Friday, Conexus and the IBJ presented the manufacturing and logistics report for our state. Michael Hicks, Director of Ball State University’s Bureau of Business Research, gave us the details and the message was a combination of the very good coupled with a caution for the future in one category of performance. The positives focus on Indiana’s market share and growth in both the manufacturing and logistics industries: “Indiana continues to have the largest share of income from manufacturing in the nation” and “Indiana’s logistics sector has growth in both strength and scope.”



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