6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration

6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration

Since 1941, the Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States, but the festive traditions for Independence Day go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Read more about 6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration[…]

12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas

12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas

  The McHattie Law Firm is uniquely equipped to deal with modern businesses’ most valuable asset — its intellectual property — and to manage it with a strategic legal approach in the US. From creation to licensing to sale, we stand ready, willing and able to serve your needs, developing strategies for your opportunities and Read more about 12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas[…]

Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team

Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team

The McHattie Law Firm is extremely pleased to announce that Joseph J. DiDonato has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Mr. DiDonato, a licensed patent attorney, concentrates on matters related to intellectual property and business, providing practical legal advice that considers both business plans and the protection of products or services.  Mr. DiDonato’s experience extends Read more about Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team[…]

Road Trip: South by Southwest 2016!

Road Trip: South by Southwest 2016!

Who’s going to SXSW in March? Are you an artist, a musician, an inventor, an IT guru? You are the innovators, the people who have ideas and are enthusiastic to introduce the world to who you are and what you are about. At the same time, you need to protect your creativity and to learn Read more about Road Trip: South by Southwest 2016![…]

The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements

The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements

Are you considering hiring independent contractors? While there are financial advantages to doing so, such as reduced payroll costs and flexibility in staffing, there are risks, particularly with regard to your business’ proprietary information. In order to avoid or minimize these risks and protect your assets, you should draw up a comprehensive independent contractor agreement Read more about The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements[…]

The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements

The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements

The term “intellectual property” refers to intangible property such as art, music, literature, movies, inventions, designs, slogans and logos. Under IP law, you have the exclusive right to use or reproduce your work. In some cases, you may wish to allow others to use it. In order to maintain control over and protect your intellectual Read more about The Importance of IP for Startups: Licensing Agreements[…]

Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas

Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas

As your company grows, pitching the business becomes progressively important. Seeking investors, new clients, or even new personnel, an owner must frequently reveal details about the business to others. Idea theft is an ongoing worry for many of these owners who see themselves as having a gain by being at the head of the market. Read more about Three Steps Businesses Can Take to Protect Their Ideas[…]

Friday Grab Bag: To Catch a Trade Secrets Thief

Friday Grab Bag: To Catch a Trade Secrets Thief

When working in a competitive industry, it becomes essential to protect a business’ confidential information.  If Coca-Cola® let its famously secret beverage formula slip to the public years ago, would it have had enjoyed the same success in the marketplace?  Maybe not.  Intellectual property law allows a variety of different means for protecting information.  For Read more about Friday Grab Bag: To Catch a Trade Secrets Thief[…]

Friday Grab Bag: Aereo® on the Go?

Friday Grab Bag: Aereo® on the Go?

Often in intellectual property disputes, a case can boil down to the simple issue of whether the ingenuity of one company crosses a line already established by another – whether the creative, diligent actions leading up to a fascinating new invention tread on the invaluable rights secured by another party.  How far is too far? Read more about Friday Grab Bag: Aereo® on the Go?[…]

A saga, or an epic debacle? A trademark attorney’s perspective on the Candy Crush Saga trademark uproar

A saga, or an epic debacle? A trademark attorney’s perspective on the Candy Crush Saga trademark uproar

Anyone out there play Candy Crush SagaTM?  I do (I just finished Level 215, thank you very much), and I know a lot of other people that do too.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Candy Crush SagaTM is a puzzle game, originally released for Facebook, but now available for mobile phones and tablets. Read more about A saga, or an epic debacle? A trademark attorney’s perspective on the Candy Crush Saga trademark uproar[…]