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Twice as nice in Ohio

Two times twice, really.  Next week I will be presenting in Ohio for the second time, which is nice twice once.

Nice twice twice is that this second presentation is the 26th All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property (AOAIOIP), being held this September 21-22, 2016 — and the twice there is that we do the program twice, two days in a row:  First in Cleveland and second in Cincinnati!

Nice!  Here’s the program (PDF).

You can register for Cleveland (Sept. 21) by clicking here.  You can register for Cincinnati (Sept. 22) by clicking here.


Avvo ranks us

Originally posted 2011-09-07 23:59:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

From the Avvo Blog:

[W]e threw together this auto-updating list of over 300 legal blogs ordered by their Alexa traffic ranking.

Now you can:

– Know who has the most popular legal blog based on objective, third-party data.

– Understand why blogs rank where they do.

– Track changes every weekday.

OK, I might skip a weekday or two.  But it is an interesting list.  They listed 369 law blogs and acknowledge that some are left out because they resolve to sub-domains, which confuses Alexis.

Oh, sure, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION® is on the list.  Silly.  Of course.

Oh, you want to know the rank?  Oh, 75th.  Come on, no one cares. I think among IP blogs this one is probably in the top 10 on that list ok?  Right in that sweet spot, no problem.

Hey, there are some very interesting blogs on that list, too.  And… hmm.

You know, I’m always particularly interested in really slick, well-designed law firm blogs with the contact phone number right up top that rank really close to mine… yeah, they have blogrolls… and don’t link to a single law blog you ever heard of.  Almost as if they only link to blogs that are also customers of the consultant that really “does” their blog– let’s say, for example, an outfit such as Justia Legal Marketing Solutions. Or something. Which is entirely their right to do, and hey, look at that Alexis ranking!  Of course it’s our right not to link to such prepackaged presentations, too, no matter what they say, but who cares about the spirit of the Internet and all that — it’s every man for himself!

Interesting.  Hey, great list.  Alexis rankings, cool!

This Week in Law: “Never Mind”

Belatedly, and inexcusably — and, yet, does stuff this sparklingly brilliant ever get stale? — here’s the video of of my first (and only) appearance on Denise Howell’s This Week in Law all the way back on March 25, 2016 along with Kashmir Hill and old friend J. Michael Keyes.

The official blurb is, “What does privacy mean to you?  Free speech and artificial intelligence, the FBI may have help unlocking an encrypted iPhone, Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media, Naruto and the monkey selfie rides again and more!”

You can download or subscribe at If you do that sort of thing.

Likelihood of improvement: Archer & Greiner, PC

Archer IPWelcome me to my new firm, Archer & Greiner, P.C.  I’ll be a partner resident in the firm’s New York City and Hackensack, New Jersey offices (that’s me, always straddling the Hudson) but at your beck and call in all the bunch of other ones, too — and, more importantly, embedded, for the first time ever, deep in the rich goodness of a bona fide IP-department which in turn is ensconced in a sophisticated full-service regional law firm for real.

There’s even PDF at this link that describes the IP group, to take home with you, for free.  No, really, it’s on the house.

This is going to be fun, right?



Live and In Concert

“In active concert” — in the Federal Rules sense, that is.

I will be co-presenting two seminars in the coming months. One is called Advanced Trademark Issues for the IP Practitioner and it’s being presented by the Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. It’s on April 5 from 6-9 pm, in New York, of course. Here, sign up.

The other one is later that month, on the evening of April 28th — a seminar being given in Saddlebrook, New Jersey by the National Business Instute, called Find it Fast and Free on the Internet. It’s for civilians, though attorneys who are Internet novices will benefit. So will I — unlike the ABCNY gig, on this one your blogger gets a piece of the gate. Naturally my hope and expectation is to make the one big hit that night, then retire. So don’t wait — operators are standing by.

What’s new at the firm: Judgment in trade secret / Taiwan case

One of the purposes of the blog will be to update Internet users who mysteriously find their way here on what sorts of things are new at the Coleman Law Firm. Unlike lawyer bloggers such as the guys at Powerline and Beldar who use their powerfully honed intellects and razor-sharp legal sensibilities merely to weigh in on ponderous world events, I am unapologetically and explicitly pitching for your business here. Then I will weigh in on ponderous world events, virtually insuring that I don’t get your business.

Anyway, after our papers wended (did wend?) their way, seemingly forever, through the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, we’ve obtained an order for a client involved in manufacturing and distributing certain furniture products, which prevents a Taiwanese company — and, significantly, any person acting “in concert” with that company — from importing specified merchandise to the U.S.

That doesn’t sound fair, does it?

Well, how about the fact that our client went to Taiwan to teach these guys how to manufacture this product to specific proprietary standards, and at our client’s own expense? And that the Taiwanese guys agreed in writing not to manufacture this product for anyone else? And that after our guys decided this factory simply could not meet their quality standards and ceased ordering merchandise, the chaps in Taiwan refused to return their manufacturing molds and starting selling the stuff on the open market? Now that doesn’t sound right.

Part of the reason it took so long to get this order is that the Taiwanese company is in a foreign country. But exactly what country it’s in is a problem, you know? Taiwan is not a country except as far as the Taiwanese are concerned. Under international law they are merely a very pesky (and well armed) province of the People’s Republic of China. Well, to make a long story short, serving a company in Taiwan with process (it helps that they had agreed to a New Jersey forum for all disputes) is no piece of cake. Convincing your friendly neighborhood court clerk that you have succeeded in doing so is even harder — especially when you get a different story from each clerk that answers the phone.

We finally went around the clerk and got the judge’s attention, and a decently prompt signed order — yes, by default, but I guess that’s kind of my specialty — granting a fairly strong injunction against the importation of this stuff. Now our client can use it to enforce its rights against would-be importers. More than this, plaintiff does not say.