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Trademarks in the News: What is Protectable?

January 28, 2011 | MartinWren, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Although there is much litigation focusing on who used a particular mark in commerce first and therefore owns the mark, or whether one company’s mark is so similar to another so as to cause confusion, interesting situations arise when the crux of the dispute is whether one party’s claimed mark is not eligible for protection because it is too generic or merely descriptive.

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An Introduction to Trade Secret and Intellectual Property Protection

January 21, 2011 | MartinWren, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

The economic success of a company, large or small, often depends on the ability of that company to maintain exclusive control of its intellectual property and trade secrets. Loss of a company’s intellectual property will most likely be more detrimental to the success of the company than the theft of the company’s personal property, and a small business owner should be aware of the steps a company can take to protect trade secrets and intellectual property.

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Funding Your Start-Up Part 1: Understanding Whether Federal Securities Law Applies to You

January 11, 2011 | MartinWren, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

The thought that your digital widget engineering business would be within the scope of SEC regulation may not have even crossed your mind, but the Act’s extremely broad definition of a “security,” or an ownership interest in your company, means that it probably is subject to SEC regulation, and inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners therefore must be sure that they are in compliance with the Act.

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Obtaining Access to Land-Locked Property in Virginia

January 6, 2011 | MartinWren, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

MartinWren, P.C. attorney John Simpson explains the law regarding land-locked property in Virginia, including how to obtain access to such real estate parcels. MartinWren, P.C. represents clients in diverse practice areas: Business, Corporate & Tax Law; Estate Planning & Administration; Personal Injury; Intellectual Property; Healthcare Law; Commercial & Residential Real Estate; Civil and Commercial Litigation; Startups and Emerging Companies; Family Law & Adoption; and Nonprofit Organization Law.

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Steps to Protecting a Viable Business in Rotten Economic Times

January 4, 2011 | MartinWren, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

MartinWren, P.C. attorney and CPA Gregory M. Johnson provides a helpful article entitled “Steps to Protecting a Viable Business in Rotten Economic Times.” With offices in Charlottesville and Harrionsburg, Virginia, MartinWren, P.C. is a law firm offering a broad range of legal services in business, corporate and tax law, intellectual property and technology law, personal injury, real estate, civil and commercial litigation, estate planning, and family law and adoption.

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