BERKELEY, Calif., September 6, 2018 — Inc. magazine recently announced that Intellectual Property Management solutions provider IPfolio is No. 1003 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. IPfolio grew 491 percent over the past three years (2014-2017), successfully marketing its IP management technology to corporate IP law departments in and outside the U.S.
During the past decade, image rights have become at least as important as trademarks and copyrights to elite soccer (aka football in every country other than Canada and the USA) players as they and their managerial teams become more creative about how they use IP to build brands, as well as earn and keep more of their money. Image Rights have helped famous mononyms like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, as well as hundreds of other soccer stars, stash hundreds of millions of tax-advantaged euros, pounds and dollars.
Patriotism is on full display in the United States every July 4, and Independence Day is the highlight of summer for tens of millions of Americans. The day is typically celebrated with parades, red and white bunting, Revolutionary War imagery and lots of food and drink.
Not surprisingly, intellectual property is found throughout the day’s festivities. We thought it would be fun to research the IP of the Fourth of July and look at some of the patents and trademarks that help us do, drink, eat and celebrate the day. (Clicking on the titles will take you to the respective Google Patent page).