1. Kylie and Kendall Jenner Don’t Know Wrong from Rights

    Earlier this year, Kylie Jenner tried to register a U.S. trademark for “Kylie” as a brand for her celebrity and her branded goods.  For some reason, she or her legal counsel neglected to first find out if that name/brand was available for trademark registration in the trademark classes Kylie sought.  It wasn't. As early as 2006, several “Kylie” registrations had been obtained by supersta…Read More

  2. Steps for Dealing with Liability as a Rental Property Owner

    You own a residential rental property, have a great tenant, and have been receiving timely rental income for years.  You believe you have life dialed that fateful day in the doctor’s office.  No, your health is fine; it’s the article you read while in the waiting room which raises your blood pressure.  The article is about a landlord who was successfully sued by a tenant who suffered burns …Read More

  3. Misconceptions About Patents

    From counseling clients for patent-related matters from time to time, I find it interesting that many people have some misconceptions about the patent or what patent does.  So I would like to briefly address some of the unique misconceptions I noticed and hope it can benefit some of you. Patent protects my product from being accused of patent infringement. Obtaining a patent for a product does no…Read More

  4. Holy Customer Confusion Batman! Correct Robin, She’s Damaging My Brand

    Last week the "Batman Lego Movie" was released and throngs of movie goers flocked to the cinema to watch the caped crusader, in Lego form, gather and create his iconic team of Robin, Commissioner Gordon, and Batgirl.  Albeit, the "Batman Lego Movie" is satirical in its portrayal of the Dark Knight, however one subplot that holds true throughout all of the Batman mediums is Batman's initial hesita…Read More

  5. Homemade Inventions Deserve Patents, Too

    Some people still believe that patents can only be issued for exotic and high-tech inventions.  However, U.S. patent law does not require that a new device, product or process resemble something from a science fiction movie; a useful modification or improvement of an existing device may also be worthy of patent protection.  A patentable device or process can be fairly straightforward in concept.…Read More

  6. New Inventions: Flying Cars

    In light of recent technological breakthroughs, flying cars could have their debut in the commercial market in 10 years and be in wide use in less than 20 years.  After being the subject of science fiction and fantasy for a century, flying cars are finally coming of age. Dr. Dariush Adli, President of the renowned Los Angeles based ADLI Law Group, which is well known for representing and advising…Read More

  7. Your Start-Up Will Stall If It Doesn’t Own Its IP

    As I’ve emphasized in other writings, the single most important asset of any business is its intellectual property (“IP”).  Sure, good management is very important, but executives and other managers can (and do) come and go.  A start-up’s IP, like a diamond, should be forever (or at least until it’s sold or transferred).  Among other benefits, securing ownership of all your start-up…Read More