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What are the Intellectual Property Impacts of USMCA – the New NAFTA?


Last week, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada announced that they had come to terms on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the proposed replacement for NAFTA. I say “proposed” because the treaty still has to be approved by all three countries’ legislatures. The full text of the proposed USMCA agreement can be read here. Assuming the USMCA goes into effect as currently proposed, what are the impacts for trademark and copyright holders? General Stance Towards Intellectual Property USMCA Article 20.A.8: National Treatment states that “In respect of all categories of intellectual property covered in this Chapter, each Party shall accord to nationals…

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Top 3 Trademark Mistakes


One of the best things business owners can do to protect their intellectual property is to avoid common trademark mistakes. Trademarks are one area of the law where it’s easy to get tripped up. While many startups don’t seek legal advice when they begin building their trademark portfolio (for obvious reasons), it’s also easy to make serious trademark mistakes that could get you into trouble down the line. Here are the three most common trademark mistakes that I’ve seen in my practice. Trademark Mistake #1: Not understanding where trademarks fit into your I.P. portfolio Intellectual property can be separated into…

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GDPR is Going Into Effect


GDPR becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018. There are severe financial penalties for noncompliance with this new privacy law. Here are some top-level facts that all companies need to know.

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