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Russell Nugent

Attorney, The Humphries Law Firm
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Russell is a native of Wilmington, N.C. and has been practicing law in Eastern N.C. since 2004. He graduated in 1998 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with degrees in Biology and Psychology. For the next few years  

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Mar 18, 2019

How Can You Protect Your Brand Name When You Can’t Protect the Words?

A trademark is any device that is used by a person or business to identify and distinguish their goods from the goods offered by other people or businesses.  The most commonly registered trademar ...

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Mar 4, 2019

Why Should I Bother Getting a Patent?

Entrepreneurs are often dissuaded from trying to get a patent on their invention for a number of different reasons. Foremost is the concern that a large company can steal the invention forcing the ...

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Feb 19, 2019

When is a Trademark License a Franchise Agreement?

Companies with successful brands can expand the reach of those brands by allowing other companies to produce goods and services under the trademark owner’s brand. Other companies may want to ...

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Feb 6, 2019

Can I Protect the Appearance of My Product or Packaging?

Consumers are accustomed to seeing words and images used as brand names but the federal law that protects trademark rights defines a trademark to include any device or symbol that identifies a source ...

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Jan 28, 2019

How Do I Protect My New Clothing Design?

When businesses create new and interesting designs, logos, band names and slogans, one of the first problems they tend to worry about is caused by the potential popularity of that design – preve ...

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Jan 7, 2019

‘A Person Shall Be Entitled to a Patent Unless…’

United States law gives inventors a right to a patent if they meet the requirements of the Patent Act.  Prior articles have discussed the requirements of 35 U.S.C. §101 (Section 101). This a ...

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Jan 4, 2019

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part IV:  Conclusion

After Rapid Litigation Management, the Federal Circuit issued two more cases under 35 U.S.C. § 101 that contribute heavily to this discussion[1].  In both of these cases, the Court decide ...

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Dec 14, 2018

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part III

In the first two installments of this article, we discussed the U.S. Supreme Court cases that interpret 35 U.S.C. §101.  Next, we will turn to the Federal Circuit[1] cases acting on those ...

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Nov 16, 2018

What Will the Courts Really Protect Under Trade Secret Law?

Protecting valuable business information requires careful planning, as there is no system of registration that proves a company has a protectable trade secret. It doesn’t help that the standard ...

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Nov 7, 2018

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part II: Alice Corp.

After deciding Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 566 U.S. 66, 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012), the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case involving a software-enabled invention and clarified the ...

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Oct 22, 2018

The Battle Over Biotech Inventions

Over the past several years, there have been a lot of high-profile lawsuits concerning what kinds of biotechnology inventions are eligible for patent protection.  In essence, patent owners hav ...

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