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HCDC and Wood, Herron & Evans Partner to Celebrate Local Innovative Companies

Cincinnati, OH, March 20, 2019 - HCDC's Office of Innovation + Creativity (OIC) and Wood Herron & Evans (WH&E) are pleased to announce their partnership in connection with the upcoming Innovation & Technology Awards hosted by theCincinnati Business Courier. Wood Herron & Evans is a Gold Sponsor of the Innovation & Technology Awards while the OIC is a Community Partner Sponsor. The OIC is Hamilton County's innovation hub, fueling second stage business growth through targeted analytics, strategy, and connections.

ABA-IPL Section Nominating Committee Announces Nominees for 2019-2020 ABA Year

Steve Gillen has been nominated for a second year of service as Publications Officer of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association for the 2019-2020 Bar year. 


For 2018, Wood Herron & Evans received a Band 3 rating from Chambers and Partners, with recommendations for patent prosecution and preparation practice, and key sector expertise with regard to media and publishing, industrial, aerospace and wider technology sectors. In addition, Lori Krafte and Greg Lunn were singled out for special recognition. Ken Germain has been listed as one of the only two Senior Statespeople by Chambers and Partners. They also listed Steve Gillen as one of the only two lawyers ranked in Band 1 for intellectual property in Ohio.

New Year Welcomes Thousands of Copyrighted Works into the Public Domain

This year marks the first in two decades that a significant body of copyrighted work has lost its U.S. copyright protection and fallen into the public domain. Why is that...and what does it mean for scholars and educators? 

7 Practical Pointers and Guidelines for Avoiding the Need to Secure Permission

Anyone who has worked in an intellectual or creative endeavor knows that many new works build to one degree or another on the earlier work of others. But getting a head start by leveraging the intellectual work product of another is potentially problematic. When does inspiration cross over into infringement or a breach of scholarly integrity? The lawyer's answer is: it depends.

Sean K. Owens Named Partner at Wood Herron & Evans

Cincinnati, OH - February 8, 2019 - Cincinnati intellectual property law firm Wood Herron & Evans is proud to announce that Sean Owens has been promoted to Partner in the firm's Branding & Content Practice Group. Sean joined the firm as an associate in 2010, practicing trademark and copyright law and working with a network of foreign counsel on domestic and international intellectual property matters. Sean handles a wide variety of registration and enforcement matters for both trademarks and copyrights, as well as assisting clients in related fields involving media, advertising, privacy, and the internet. 

What You Need to Know About Your Business Client's Use of Third Party Photos

Your business clients know it, instinctively if not empirically - there are many good reasons to use photos in their ads and catalogs and on their web pages - photos capture attention better than bold headlines, they add visual interest, and, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and is efficient at conveying the message where space is limited and expensive. But as effective as photos can be, today's business models for licensing third party photography are sufficiently complex enough that it's worth taking a few minutes to review the basics and get familiar with the terminology so you can best advise your business clients.

What You Need to Know About Endorsements

Endorsements are good for business. We know this intuitively. And a 2012 article in the Journal of Advertising Research confirms it empirically, reporting that in a study of more than 300 endorsement deals over nearly two decades, endorsements resulted in an average 4 percent increase in weekly sales of the endorsed products.

Sophisticated advertisers know this - Nike reportedly spends more than a quarter of its $1.7 billion annual advertising budget on endorsements - but so do unscrupulous advertisers. So the Federal Trade Commission has made it a practice to monitor and police the use of endorsements and testimonials and has, since 1980, published and periodically updated guidelines for their use. 

12 Wood Herron & Evans Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Wood Herron & Evans is honored to announce that 12 of the firm's attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers®, the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession, is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Our lawyers have continually been included in this elite listing.

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