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Certification mark blocks trademark from being registered. IN RE ST. JULIAN WINE

Most consumers are familiar with the concept of trademarks.  A trademark is something that manufacturers use to distinguish their products from a competitor's products.  Generally, consumers are not aware of the trademark's close relative, the certification mark.  Certification marks can be registered just like trademarks and play an important roll in protecting consumers from inferior…

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Is republishing building codes copyright infringement? ICC v. UPCODES

A copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to someone that creates an original work of authorship.  Copyright grants an author the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, transmit and make derivative works based on the original. If someone other than the copyright owner attempts to exercise one of these exclusive rights that…

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