Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Names Melissa V. Skrocki Shareholder

Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., is pleased to announce that Melissa V. Skrocki has been named Shareholder to the firm. Melissa Skrocki focuses her practice on counseling business clients through various transactions with an emphasis on contractual and intellectual property issues. Her business law practice includes the representation of clients in contract negotiations, confidentiality agreements, […]

Post Holiday Trademark Sale!!!!!!!

The USPTO announced that they are having a sale.  You can save $50 per class on all new trademark registration applications and $100 on all renewals.  The Final Rule issued on December 16, 2014 announced that trademark filing fees will fr be reduced. Small Print:  Unfortunately, the discounts will not be effective in time for […]

Cloud-Based Export Compliance: Minefield for the Unwary

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a new advisory opinion (its third) on whether and when cloud-based service providers must be concerned with U.S. export compliance.  While such providers are in the clear with respect to many activities, there are still a number of ways cloud-based service providers can unwittingly trigger export […]

Recovering Legal Fees in Trademark Litigation Just Got a Little Easier

Law suits are expensive.  Even when the issues seem like they should be straight forward, cost is both a powerful deterrent before the complaint is filed and a significant strategy consideration during the course of a law suit.  In a recently decided case, the 3rd Circuit has made recovering attorneys fees in trademark litigation a […]

Oracle v. Google – Interoperability and Copyright Infringement

If you thought that you could do whatever you needed to do to achieve interoperability and be safe from copyright infringement, think again.  The Federal Circuit’s ruling last Friday in Oracle v. Google puts a finer point on the limits of interoperability as a defense to copyright infringement. Quick Background (if you know the facts […]

Can the Town Make Me Change My Sign?

A business’ signage can be one of the most distinctive characteristics of its brand and one of its most important assets.  This is especially true when the sign display’s the business’ federally registered trademark and color is a feature of the mark.  But what happens when that brand runs afoul of state and local laws? […]

Avoiding The Hack: Credit Card Data Security Measures Of Merchants

Today there was news of yet another credit card being hacked. Instead of a large scale hack, it was the President of PayPal who was victim to a hacker’s shopping spree.  Given all of the security breaches on credit cards lately, I thought it might be helpful for our readers to have a primer on […]

Christopher J. Marino To Moderate Panel At CMJ Music Marathon On Friday, October 18, 2013

Christopher J. Marino, Esq. of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, will be the Moderator of a panel titled “The DIY Paradox” at the Entertainment Business Law Seminar, part of the CMJ Music Marathon. To learn more, click here.

Round Up – Things You May Have Missed (including some good summer cocktail banter material)

Cyber Security Report – Earlier this year, Verizon released viagra femme france montreal its 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report.  The report analyzes and presents data regarding the current state of various data breaches and network attacks.  Some of the results are surprising.             92% of breaches are perpetrated by outsiders             19% of breaches are […]

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!!!

Happy what (I hear you say)???  Yes, April 26 is World Intellectual Property day! The event gets its date from the date on which the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was founded in 1970.  As far as I can tell from the WIPO archives, this has been an annual event since at least 2001.  There […]

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