Intellectual Property Advice

SHOT Show News


“V” is for a Very nerVy Trademark Strategy The “V” is a friendly jab at a prominent SHOT Show exhibitor.  Not a client of mine, Daniel Defense had their first SHOT Show about the same time as mine, and I’ve often expressed my admiration for their marketing prowess at the show.  They sponsor the SHOT Show planner map on my iPad, they’ve sponsored hotel keycards,  [...]

Are Customizers Infringing on Trademarks?


On December 23rd, I ducked away from the family fun and checked my Facebook page only to find some firearms industry news with trademarks at the heart of the issue.  Y’all know how I love trademarks, and will tell you that they might just be the most valuable asset of your company.  But there are limits.  And I believe those limits were embarrassingly exceeded in a PR  [...]

The Hearing Protection Act and The Rise of Mainstream Suppressors


Capturing the Future in a Can They call it the “Hearing Protection Act.”  Not only is it an exciting possibility to expand gun rights, but it’s a fantastic illustration of how you should ready your business for revolutionary changes. It’s not unusual to see tantalizing proposals for legislation that promises to expand our gun rights.  They usually go nowhere.  [...]

Happy Birthday Royalties No More


The biggest legal news in the Intellectual Property Law world this month was the ruling that the owners of the rights to the song “Happy Birthday” could no longer collect royalties.  The judge found that they owned not the rights to the composition itself, but only to an underlying arrangement.  I recall hearing that Johnny Carson (Jay Leno’s predecessor for you kids  [...]

How to Pick a Brand Name


I’ve been getting rather cheeky lately.  I’ve even risked being a little obnoxious and occasionally offending clients.  You see, sometimes when I should quietly follow my clients’ orders for legal work, I’ve found myself interrupting, and giving them, well... advice. Last week I had lunch with a new client.  He has some great technology, and a strong foundation for  [...]

How Patents and Trademarks Increase the Value of Your Company


Once at the SHOT show the owner of a particular company took me aside, and walked me a good distance from his booth. He didn’t come right out and say it. He hemmed and hawed a bit about the future of his company. He talked about making his business more valuable. I finally figured out what he was asking: “So, you want to sell your company down the road, and do what you can  [...]