Trademark Series, Pt. 2

This video wonderfully explains the difference between Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights. This is a pretty popular topic with new businesses, as all the various protections and filings can get a bit confusing. This video is a great resource for you if you are wondering what the difference is between each of these classifications, this video is for you.

As always, if you have any questions, or wish to file for Trademark or Copyright protection, please call our office. We are here to help.

Trademark Series, Pt. 1

We have been getting a lot of questions about Trademarks lately, and Diane decided it was time to do a Trademark series. The USPTO provides an amazing collection of videos and resources for Trademark applicants. We have included the first video below.

As always, if you have any questions, or wish to file for Trademark protection, please call our office. We are here to help.

Business E-mail and Email Account Compromise

You get an email from a potential client that requests a wire money transfer by the end of the day. The e-mail looks like it is from a legitimate client. When a request such as this is rushed, it is a good idea to investigate. Check to see if the e-mail is coming from an actual email server, ask for more information from the potential client, and do not trust odd requests from unknown sources.

Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) and E-mail Account Compromise (EAC) are scams targeted at companies which perform wire transfer payments. The subject uses fraudulent techniques, such as email phishing and impersonation via facsimile or phone, to conduct unlawful transfer of funds from the targeted business. See the chart below for more statistics on BEC/EAC complaints.

According to an IC3 report, victims of BEC/EAC range from small to large businesses and are in no particular target market, making these attacks impossible to predict. To avoid becoming one of the 22,292 U.S. victims from October 2013 to December 2016, take these steps: avoid free web-based email accounts, report and delete spam e-mails from unknown parties, be wary of all e-mail requests for the transfer of funds, and educate your employees on cyber safety.

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IC3 Statistics on BEC/EAC complaints