The Importance of Docketing for Law Firms

By Heidi N. Beachy, Paralegal Manager – Docket Control, Standley Law Group LLP,

Docketing is one of the most important aspects of any law firm. There are a variety of systems available to law firms to manage the docketing process. Some law firms may create their own system using resources already accessible to them, such as a spreadsheet, database or calendar. Other law firms may choose to purchase their system from a third-party vendor specializing in programming electronic software specific to an area of practice. Regardless of what the system looks like, it is essential for a law firm to invest in some kind of docketing system.

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Domain Names as Trademarks

By Eric M. Gayan, Partner, Patent Attorney, Standley Law Group LLP

Clients often ask whether domain names can serve as trademarks. That is, for example, can .com, .net, or some other top-level domain (TLD) in conjunction with another term(s) be trademarked? While the answer has in the past been based almost exclusively on the term(s) with which the TLD is combined, that has recently changed – at least in certain circumstances.

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Copyright Protection for Software

By Beverly A. Marsh, Partner, Patent Attorney, Standley Law Group LLP

Clients often want to know how they can best protect their software. The answer usually lies in a combination of different forms of intellectual property, including copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Whereas patents protect inventions (how it works, what it does) and trademarks protect brands, copyrights protect original works of authorship. Works of authorship, often referred to as just “works”, are forms of expression and by definition do not include any ideas, processes, concepts that underly those works. For example, in the art world an idea might be a bowl of peaches on a table, and a work of authorship an artist’s painting of the bowl of peaches. In the software world an idea might be a phone app that displays the weather. A related work of authorship is how a developer creates their version of an app that displays the weather, including their original source code, design layouts, textual content, images, and graphics.

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Trademark Squatting – Is It A Thing?

By Eric M. Gayan, Partner, Standley Law Group LLP

Perhaps “trademark squatting” is not yet a commonly used term in trademark law, as is “cybersquatting” in the realm of domain name registrations. But maybe it should be. Because some trademark applicants have substantially the same unscrupulous goals as a cybersquatter – to obtain a registration solely for the purpose of holding it ransom to others.

This article addresses difficulties that can be created by such activities, various protections of U.S. trademark law that are supposed to guard against such activities, and some related considerations for potential trademark applicants.

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The Importance of Reviewing Court Local Rules and Judges' Rules

By DeAnna Barnett, Litigation Paralegal Manager, Standley Law Group LLP, And
F. Michael Speed, Jr., Ph.D., Partner, Standley Law Group LLP

The Court’s local rules and local patent rules are as important to civil litigants as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure themselves because they address particularities that are not addressed in the Federal Rules. Each United States District Court has its own set of local rules. These rules are generally available on a court’s website. One such example is that of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio available at: https://www.ohsd.uscourts.gov/sites/ohsd/files//Local%20Rules%20Effective%202020-08-01.pdf

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