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Intellectual Property

Design Meets Intellectual Property Law Challenges

November 5, 2017

Kyle-Beth Hilfer  will speak about intellectual property law challenges in hospitality design at BDNY 2017 (Boutique Design New York).  Ms. Hilfer will  discuss legal issues in hospitality design at the concept, manufacture, and purchasing stages. In particular, she will present the challenges of legally protecting furniture, lighting, layouts, and decor. In addition, she will explore opportunities for  protecting unique and original hotel brand experiences and FF&E. Finally, Ms. Hilfer will offer best practices for avoiding intellectual property infringement and achieving protection under patent, copyright and trademark laws. 

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Restaurant Law University: Branding and Marketing Concerns

May 23, 2017

Hospitality businesses are becoming increasingly creative in their marketing, not only to win new business, but also to maintain relationships with loyal customers. On June 6, 2017, Kyle-Beth Hilfer will moderate and speak at Restaurant Law University. In her presentation on branding, she will discuss the legal implications of various branding and marketing techniques.

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Intellectual Property Strategies Every CEO Needs for the Sharing Economy

March 6, 2017

The “sharing economy” seeks to empower consumers by freeing them from the burdens of ownership. The savvy CEO may wonder: How can the collaborative crowd distinguish counterfeit product from my trusted trademarked or copyrighted products? How can my company remain profitable when consumers eschew new branded goods and services? In fact, the CEO should take comfort in knowing that the brand’s intellectual property remains relevant and valuable in the sharing economy.

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DMCA Update: Act Now to Maintain Legal Safe Harbor

December 1, 2016

The US Copyright Office’s new regulations on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) go into effect today December 1, 2016. In order to maintain a website’s valuable DMCA safe harbor protections, service providers must conform to the new requirements.

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Artists’ Intellectual Property Builds Art Licensing Business

April 24, 2015

Artists focus on their creativity, their technique, and their product. If, however, you are looking to license your art, you should be equally focused on protecting your intellectual property. Your copyrights and trademarks are the lifeblood of your art licensing business and the foundations for all your branding initiatives. In this blog post, I answer some common questions artists ask about copyrights, trademarks, and branding.

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Risky Pinterest Business? Questions on Intellectual Property Protection and Brand Promotion

December 5, 2012

Pinterest’s announcement last month that it would allow the creation of business accounts seemed a welcome development. After all, the site had always encouraged authenticity but had not been welcoming authentic commercial use. Now businesses can come out of the shadows and claim their board’s business pages. In so doing, they still face many unanswered questions.

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