The Trademark Licensing Protection Act of 2018 Removing Impediments to the Franchisee – Franchisor Relationship

When you go to a Sonic in Portland, you have a certain expectation that the tater tots and frozen drinks are going to taste the same as they do in Atlanta. And you expect the Sonic employees’ uniforms to be the same in Dallas as they are in Orlando. These expectations for Sonic and all Sonic franchises can be traced back to Section 5 of the 1946 Lanham Act. 

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Susan FordComment
Collective Membership Marks: Trademark Protection for Clubs and Organizations

Collective membership marks are a lesser known species of protectable marks—they do not indicate commercial origin of goods or services, rather, their purpose is to "indicate that the user of the mark is a member of a particular organization." Think social clubs, or motorcycle “gangs.” Read about the recent Trademark Trial and Appeal Board case, Devil's Desciples v. Woodard.

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Jia FengRes Nova LawComment
Lessons from Dr. Dre About Drafting Settlement Agreements (and Other Contracts)

Last month, a California jury awarded $25 million in damages to Steven Lamar in his lawsuit against Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Specifically, Lamar claimed that he brought the idea for celebrity-endorsed headphones to Dre and Iovine in 2006 and, pursuant to a later settlement agreement, that Lamar was entitled to over $100 in damages for unpaid royalties. Read more to learn how the jury decision came down, as well as takeaways about drafting settlement agreements.

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Portland Business Spotlight: Level 10 Group X

As sunny skies and warm weather set in, Res Nova Law shines our Portland Business Spotlight on fitness equipment and training company, Level 10 Products. Founded by Reggie Senegal, an entrepreneur who realized his passion for creating fitness products when he retired from a decorated and professional track running career, Level 10 rises with its new flagship product: the Octofit.

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Waymo v. Uber: Patrolling the Line Between Patents and Trade Secrets

Wise businesses will carefully patrol the line between patents and trade secrets, which is not always an easy task. While disclosing more information helps strengthen a patent, you lose trade secret protection by making that information public. On the other hand, if you can hold back key technology, you might gain perpetual trade secret protection. A recent California case, Waymo v. Uber, highlights this very tension.

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