Memes generate traffic (sun rises in east, sky blue).

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How much does it cost to get a patent?

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So what are copyrights and trademarks?

Copyrights and trademarks are two entirely separate intellectual properties that are frequently confused. This post should help clear up what each one is and why each exists. Let's start with copyrights. To grossly oversimplify, copyrights protect your creative works,...

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What is the trademark use requirement?

The trademark use requirement divides applications into two different types: "intent to use" and "actual use." Whether you need to file an intent to use application or an actual use application depends on your "date of first use in commerce." As with any legal...

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Which Trademark Symbol Should I Use?

So you’re about to sell your product or service, but you need to know how to label your trademarks. Which trademark symbol do you use? I get this question a lot, and the answer is straightforward (unlike most answers in law). When you are using a mark that is not...

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What is the best photo hosting service?

What is the best photo hosting service? You have nearly unlimited options when you're looking for the best photo hosting service. Let's consider this part one, and I can add more on request. The question is, "what is the best photo hosting website?" Looking at it from...

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The Fine Bros Trademark Fiasco

The Fine Bros have pissed off the internet (especially YouTubers) with their efforts to trademark REACT, but the conversations I have been seeing online tend to be misinformed. Let's get everyone on the same page and get down the brass tacks and learn about what's...

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Enjoy beer? Oregon’s official state microbe is a yeast!

Oregon is for (beer) lovers. In 2013, HCR12 officially designated Saccharomyces cerevisiae as the microbe of the State of Oregon. From Wikipedia: Saccharomyces cerevisiae is used in brewing beer, when it is sometimes called a top-fermenting or top-cropping yeast. It...

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Someone stole my Instagram picture, now what?

Instagram moves fast. Popular pictures are popular only for a flash of time before they fade off of the feeds of your followers. But what happens when someone takes your picture and reposts it on their own Instagram? That is the very definition of copyright...

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Someone stole my photograph, now what?

It’s a cold morning. Santa Ana winds are blowing despite the late fall day. It had been an uncommonly cold week, and frost covered the hood of his car as he loaded his equipment into his truck. The drive to the beach was pleasant enough – some tunes on the radio and...

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