Intellectual Property

After fighting for years to gain a path to legalization, immigrant youth got a temporary solution through an administrative process called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, under the direction of President Obama. But Trump, with his anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic views and a mission to destroy Obama’s legacy, issued an executive order in September 2017 to halt the program in spite of the extensive documentation that asserts the success of the program. Those actions brought the decision about the existence of the program all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The litigation produced incredible…
Back in March of 2020, in a rare show of bipartisanship, the US House of Representatives put forward a bill that would make e-commerce companies such as Amazon legally liable for counterfeits sold on its platform, a much-awaited move to stem fake products coming from several countries.  The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. As a result of this no so subtle pressure, Amazon is stepping up the battle against counterfeits with the creation of a new team that will investigate fakes and will pursue criminal charges or lawsuits against companies. The new team is called Counterfeit
In December of 2019, with great fanfare, the United States Military announced the creation of a new branch to prepare the country for space warfare and name it Space Force. But there is a little problem: The name Space Force is already a registered trademark by Netflix. Not only that, but Netflix also registered “Space Force” as a trademark in several international jurisdictions such as Mexico, Australia, and Europe. Usually, leading media companies act fast……
Tratando de evitar una caída más acentuada de la economía, muchos estados en los Estados Unidos están permitiendo la apertura de negocios en medio de la pandemia del COVID19. Eso, a pesar de que algunos estados todavía presentan la posibilidad de perder el control de los indicadores de salud, y de que no se ha llegado a las metas propuestas por los expertos de salud de al menos tener dos semanas de descenso en el……
The global pandemic due to COVID19 has changed our lives in so many ways. Most health care systems around the world were not prepared for the deluge of patients that overcrowed their facilities, forcing doctors and nurses to make life and death decisions for the patients. Many of us are quarantined in our homes, while the essential workers in diverse professions risk their health to keep everybody afloat. As some parts of the world start……
We are inspired by the efforts of the maker and “hacker” community in the efforts to create open-source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID19 pandemic. Most of these creators are young people with abilities in laser cutting and 3D printing devices at home who are turning their apartments and homes into small PPE production lines. In an effort to help them provide this emergency manufacturing with some legal tools, we are sharing a release……
There are a lot of people of goodwill in the USA and the world making emergency supplies and equipment to protect against COVID-19. These actions are laudable and are a community response to the threat of flooding of cases of COVID-19 in hospitals. But we must keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) and regulatory agencies in the world have protocols for approving equipment and supplies. The manufacturing places/sites have to……
There is controversy about how the generation of intellectual property should be handled in the case of a national pandemic. Some are trying to assert and defend the role of private businesses to protect their discoveries and developments of test kits, vaccines, masks, ventilators or other products. In his address from the Rose Garden on March 13th, Trump’s team emphasized the role of private companies to develop solutions for the pandemic. Others are taking an……
The transmission of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in communities across the world and the United States is starting to cause disruptions in the way business is conducted. You can not longer visit places like Italy, China, and South Korea, and nationally, it is not advisable to go to Seattle, Washington for a vacation. In the USA, King County in Washington State is the place with more COVID19 cases and more fatalities. Disruptions on the……
Filing the paperwork to start a business in the USA is relatively easy. Many persons do it by themselves without the help of an attorney. This is great and painless most of the times but business owners need to know the different obligations that regulatory agencies impose when creating a legal entity. The easiest way to start a business is by creating a Limited Liability Corporation or LLC. We recommend our clients to prefer this……
A new year has started and we pinpoint three important trends in the trademark and intellectual protection world: Increased interest to protect intellectual property through registered trademarks. The last decade analysts saw a marked increase of trademark filings. Approximately, 7 million trademark applications were filed worldwide in 2016, which represent 16.4% more than in 2015, reaching a new high each following year. There are now almost three times as many trademark applications being filed around……
Arizona Bar members gathered early November 2019 to discuss the legal framework of the Cannabis business locally and nationally.  Business and trademark attorney Marcos E. Garciaacosta participated in the panel, contributing his expertise in several aspects of the laws and regulations that affect the cannabis businesses. Cannabis in Arizona is legal for medical purposes since 2010 but illegal for recreational use. Still, there are important considerations to note. Here is the lowdown in 5 bullets.……