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Trademark Tips: Don't Get Caught With a Naked License

Unlike owners of other forms of intellectual property, trademark holders have an affirmative duty to police their trademarks. If a trademark owner neglects to properly supervise the nature and quality of a licensee’s use of its trademarks, the result is what’s known as a “naked license.” In this short clip, watch Bill Samuels, Partner and Chair of the Copyright and Trademark Law Group at Scarinci and Hollenbeck discuss how a naked license can strip the owner of its trademark rights and allow its licensees to develop rights in that mark.

Interested in learning more about trademark licenses? Be sure to check out Bill's upcoming Master Class, Anatomy of Trademark Licensing.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this material, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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