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Celebrate your Thanksgiving with Intellectual Property

Celebrate your Thanksgiving with Intellectual Property

Thanksgiving traditions are deeply rooted in American culture.  Ever since Abraham Lincoln first mandated Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, Americans have been rejoicing this popular national holiday on every fourth Thursday of November. 

Accordingly, the history of Thanksgiving evokes many great memories for many Americans.  Family and friends travel long distances to come together and spend quality time in each other’s company. As such, Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, watching football on television, feasting on traditional foods, shopping at malls, partaking in parades, volunteering at food drives, and taking naps.

Given this, many products and services contribute in helping American families come together to cherish these special moments, and invariably intellectual property is prevalent everywhere in them.

 

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ALS Association seeking “Ice Bucket Challenge” Mark

The ALS Association’s “ice bucket challenge” gained tremendous popularity via the social media.  Friends, family members, acquaintances and sometimes even strangers challenged each other on social media such as Facebook, by recording an act of drenching themselves with an ice-cold bucket of water, and thereby making a pledge to donate towards ALS research.  As such, the popularity helped the Association raised more than $94 million in less than a month towards finding a cure for ALS, colloquially known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Intellectual Property in Your Voting

Intellectual Property in Your Voting

As mid-term elections embark, millions of Americans will rush to the voting booths to exercise on their Fifteenth Amendment Constitutional Right to vote. During this exciting democratic process, Intellectual Property will be all around them.  Historically, there have been ground breaking patents, which have helped shape the American voting process.  Some of the notable patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) include as follows:

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