Collen IP Presents on Advancements and Challenges of IPR Protection and Enforcement in China and South Korea and Compared Basic Differences in Trademark, Patent and Copyright Laws Between the United States and the Far East Region

Joining US Congresswoman Grace Meng, and Members of the US Department of Commerce, partner Jeffrey A. Lindenbaum was a speaker at the Exporting to Asia conference that was held on September 18 in Flushing, Queens. The event was sponsored by the District Export Counsel, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the US Commercial Service. Mr. Lindenbaum discussed the...

Webinar on Trademarks Abandonment at TTAB and the Courts

James Hastings is a presenter on a Stafford Publications CLE  webinar on Trademark Abandonment on June 12, 2018. The webinar, Trademarks Abandonment at TTAB and the Courts: Excusable Nonuse, Cancellation Petition, Impact on Global Brands, will provide guidance to IP counsel on trademark abandonment and the corresponding proceedings at the TTAB and in federal cases....

Jess Collen attends Canadian Corporate Counsel Association meeting in Toronto

Jess M. Collen attended the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association annual meeting in Toronto. He attended in conjunction with Cognate – the world’s first Blockchain based trademark registry company, which he co-founded in 2014. The event included participation by in house counsel worldwide. This years’ topic beyond borders business and law in the global...

Partner Jeffrey Lindenbaum attended the Consulegis Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland

Partner Jeffrey Lindenbaum attended the Consulegis Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland and participated in discussions with international law firms on the latest updates regarding Brexit and the EU’s GDRP (data privacy law), as well as differences between introducing evidence in trademark counterfeit lawsuits in the US, France, the UK, Germany and Switzerland. The...

COLLEN IP: The Sharing Economy: Trademark Control for Collaboration Companies – Part 2

The nuts and bolts operation of the collaborative economy parallels the franchising and network business models. Network, multilevel marketing companies and franchisors have traditionally grown their businesses by charging fees for use of their established brands and business systems. A key factor is maintaining quality control over the independent participants...

Jess Collen: Taking An Unconventional Path to Building Top IP Firm

Jess Collen co-founded Collen IP with his wife Jane in 1996. Today, the company represents some of the world’s largest brands, providing legal representation to global companies in the areas of trademark, copyright, design and utility patent, advertising and marketing and privacy and information management. He appeared recently on the Law Firm Excellence podcast to...

9 Common Legal Problems in Restaurant Marketing

Kyle-Beth Hilfer, of Counsel at Collen IP, recently outlined 9 common legal risks restaurant owners face when marketing their businesses. Marketing is important in any industry, but no one should go into it without being prepared. Her list is a valuable read for anyone in the industry or looking to enter it. She highlights trademarks, ADA website accessibility, gift...

Tesla Changes its Name: Don’t Try This at Home

Trademarks are hard to establish. Name changes – even small ones – have big implications. Tesla announced that it is changing its name from Tesla Motors to Tesla. Now 13 years later, Tesla feels handcuffed by “motors.” Tesla is more than cars. If your mark is a combination of a fairly uncommon term like Tesla, plus a common word like motors, people will shorten your...

Jane F. Collen to appear on livestream AUTHOR’S HOUR

After her presentation on Intellectual Property with a focus on Copyrights to authors and publishers at the Association of Rhode Island Authors, Jane F. Collen was asked to appear on Wayne Barber’s Author’s Hour on WNRI.com Worldwide Livestream. On Tuesday January 30th at 9 am Mrs. Collen will be discussing What Every Author Needs to Know about Copyright...

Facebook was born a lousy trademark

Would Facebook, by any other name, have been a success? If I had been their trademark lawyer when the company was launched, I would have told them to find a different name because FACEBOOK is not a good trademark for what they do. Why would this have been a bad trademark? A “facebook” is a name that had been used, either formally or informally, by students for a...

Kardashian Trademark Rip-Off Or Not? Seven Questions To Ask Yourself

And now we bring you…the Kardashian T-shirt Controversy. The State of New York said last year that the Kardashian clothing line uses a logo which too closely resembles a state seal. This is interesting for a number of reasons. The New York seal is a “certification mark”. It is something the state agrees to allow all users to display if their goods meet certain...

Is Taylor Swift Entitled To Say: ‘Photographers’ Rights: You Belong With Me’?

On a monthly basis, Taylor Swift has done things in the trademark and copyright worlds that have the mainstream and entertainment media talking about IP. A lawsuit defending a favorite trademark Lucky 13? Routine. Filing a slew of trademark applications to protect possibly valuable names? Happens every day. Getting Apple to back down on royalty payments with the...

Jane Collen Speaks at Association of Rhode Island Authors

Jane Collen is speaking to the Association of Rhode Island Authors on January 11, 2018 in Cranston, Rhode Island.  She will be presenting a guide to authors and publishers on Intellectual Property Law with a focus on Copyright. In addition to being a lawyer, Mrs. Collen is the author of six published works in a children’s book series The Enjella ® adventure series....

Examining Trump’s History: The New President And Trademark Rights

What does Mr. Trump’s history of trademark litigation show? Presidents have not traditionally been significant brand owners. Ford Motor Company did not come from Gerald. Vacuum cleaners were not made by Herbert. Taylor wines did not come from Zachary’s family. Obamacare is from Barack…but that’s different. Mr. Trump has been a diligent trademark owner. Federal court...

Kyle-Beth Hilfer Speaks at Restaurant Law University

On June 6, 2017, Kyle-Beth Hilfer chaired, moderated, and spoke at  Restaurant Law University. This event was co-sponsored by the Westchester County Bar association’s Hospitality Law Committee and Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp.’s  Food & Beverage Alliance.  Attendees networked with legal experts and industry members, as they learned about the legal...

Webinar on Trademark Infringement: Structuring Opinions of Counsel

James Hastings was a featured CLE instructor on behalf of Strafford Publications on April 18, 2017.  The webinar, Trademark Infringement, Structuring Opinions of Counsel, discussed how to reduce the risks of liability and enhanced damages in trademark infringement cases.  James provided an analysis of the role of opinions in the defense of trademark infringement...

Jess Collen Speaks at Annual CITMA Conference in London

Jess M. Collen was a speaker at the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys (CITMA) on March 15-17, 2017 in London. This year’s theme was “Navigating the Seas of Change,” in light of Brexit, with a focus on the role of intellectual property professionals and their clients to find ways to succeed at even the most challenging times....

“Trademark Considerations for Franchises” CLE program

Counsel Kyle-Beth Hilfer chaired “Trademark Considerations for Franchises,” a CLE program on franchise law sponsored by the Westchester County Bar Association. Senior Associate Thomas P. Gulick spoke on trademark issues relevant to franchises, and Ms. Hilfer presented material on social media management issues for franchises. (April 2016)

“Food and Agricultural Entrepreneurship” panel

Partner Jess M. Collen joined a distinguished panel of speakers at this year’s Food and Agricultural Entrepreneurship at the Slow Living Summit 2016 in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Summit is a food advocacy program connecting people with healthy local food from local farmers and local food producers, and by adding to their understanding of the value of local food...

SCORE-sponsored event on IP rights

Partner Jess M. Collen spoke in Boston on intellectual property rights and protection to a group sponsored by SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. (April 2016)

Article “Crazy for Fair Use” published in The Intellectual Property Strategist

Counsel Kyle–Beth Hilfer published an article on copyright fair use in the American Law Group publication The Intellectual Property Strategist. Her article examined developments in the important Lenz copyright case that offers protection for many home videographers when posting content online that contains third party copyrighted material. (November...

Webcast covering emerging issues in trademark law

Counsel James Hastings gave a live webcast entitled “Emerging Issues in Trademark Law: Understanding and Implementing the Likelihood of Confusion Standard – An Update.” The webinar offered information about the latest significant issues on the “likelihood of confusion” standard in practice before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. (July...

Presentation at U.S. Department of Commerce “ExportTech” program

Partner Jess M. Collen was a panelist in Manhattan on April 1, 2015, discussing intellectual property law issues for the ExportTech Program.  The program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and was held at the Industrial Technology Assistance Corporation in New York City. A wide range of business and legal issues were addressed, including industrial,...

Collen co-hosts webinar on structuring trademark consent agreements

Partner Jess M. Collen co-hosted a webinar sponsored by Strafford on structuring trademark consent agreements. The 90-minute session presented information about the use of these agreements to resolve conflicts and overcome Trademark Office objections to registrations. (October 2014)

Collen publishes White Paper on the intellectual property aspects of the “sharing economy”

The “collaborative economy” or “sharing economy” describes an economic system where consumers prefer to share, rather than purchase, goods and services. Collen has published a White Paper exploring the tension between traditional precepts of intellectual property law and the collaborative philosophy. The paper suggests how brand owner can maintain and protect their...

Collen attorney chairs program at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Counsel Kyle-Beth Hilfer is the Program Chair of a program entitled “Social Media: Advising Clients on the Do’s & Don’ts” at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The workshop teaches attorneys and clients about the many legal considerations involved in using social media. The course develops skills with case studies and business responses to the...

Collen attorneys speak at Pace University School of Law

Partner Joshua Paul and Associate Lisa A. McAndrews presented a CLE program at Pace University Law School entitled “Trademark and Branding Litigation: Claims, Defenses, Strategies and Tactics in the Real World.” (June 2013)