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Combating Counterfeiting: How Owners Can Protect Their Brands

Counterfeiting is the practice of manufacturing and/or selling goods, usually of inferior quality, under a brand name without the brand owner’s permission. The damage from counterfeiting is extensive and far-reaching and...more

SST Records, Inc. (Ginn) v. Henry Rollins [Black Flag trademark case]

Complaint for Trademark Infringement and related claims

See, Black Flag's Greg Ginn Loses Injunction Against Keith Morris' FLAG Meanwhile, court determines that Henry Rollins never quit the band. ...more

A Tale of Caution: Know Your Intellectual Property Rights

On 17 May, Mrs Justice Asplin delivered a judgment in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The dispute concerned intellectual property rights in hedge fund computer software that was the "cornerstone of the...more

What’s Really in your Beer Name: Trademark Protection for Craft Brewing Companies and Their Beers

Besides the unique taste of your beer, what more than anything else helps your consumers remember the source of that fantastic beer? Obviously, your company name and probably also the name of your beer. With hundreds of...more

Safeguards against Data Security Breaches (Part One) [Video]

With data security breaches dominating the headlines and a rising number of employees taking advantage of BYOD, or bring your own device to work policies, businesses have found themselves vulnerable to targets by hackers,...more

Three Key Data Retention Questions [Video]

Your company has been sued – what do you need to consider to comply with data preservation requirements? How do you address litigation holds, ediscovery and data retention? Robert Brownstone, litigation attorney and chair of...more

In re Novell, Inc. S’holder Litig., C.A. No. 6032-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 3, 2013)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motions to dismiss with respect to Plaintiffs’ bad faith claims. The Court’s decision was based on its finding that the complaint stated a “reasonably...more

Trademark Essentials

Trademark Essentials, Registration, TEAS, Trademark infringement, incontestability....more

When Are Witness Statements Protected As Attorney Work Product?

One of the first things an attorney does when representing a client in a particular matter is interview witnesses to learn the facts of the case, or have an investigator do such on their behalf. The attorney will almost...more

Creating A Win-Win Relationship With Corporate Counsel

Building strong relationships between your company’s in-house corporate counsel and outside counsel is crucial to developing trust, effective representation, and retention to meet your corporate needs. The keys to doing so...more

Corporate Compliance with Licensing Requirements

Software and technology licensing fees are often tied to the number of users or devices that access an application or database. More users, or more devices, will often mean higher licensing fees. The terms and conditions...more

Top 10 Business Litigation Mistakes

Litigation is an unfortunate necessity of business life. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it cannot be avoided. Owners and executives have more pressing things to do, but litigation sometimes is the only course, or the...more

IP UPDATE: ACTA May Need a Second Act

The Internet has created a number of challenges for rights holders and the law. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) – a plurilateral agreement that seeks to establish worldwide standards for enforcing Intellectual...more

Employer Access To Employee Social Media Limited In Proposed California Law

A bill currently winding its way through the California Legislature would limit the ability of an employer to request that an employee provide access to the employee’s personal social media accounts. AB 1844 “would...more

Canon And Lexmark Litigation Lead To Uncertainty In Print Toner/Cartridge Industry

The industry for remanufactured printer/toner cartridges has flourished for years as users purchase replacements from third party suppliers who fill a need and offer print supplies at prices significantly lower than those...more

Warning: Strategic Business Formations Can Help Isolate Liability, But Only if Maintained

A recent Arizona court decision serves as a reminder for businesses that have layered corporations in an attempt to isolate liabilities that they need to maintain each of these entities as if they were stand-alone companies....more

Top 10 Best Practices To Maintain Trade Secrets

Under California law, Civil Code, Section 3426.1(d), trade secrets are defined: “‘Trade secret’ means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that: (1)...more

Revised Cyber Security Act 2012

Congress has been struggling with cyber security issues for several years, most recently in connection with the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA2012). CSA2012 is an attempt to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure...more

Does Your Business Have Transferable Value?

Business owners may have different goals, long and short term, but often these include the sale of a business, going public or other steps that permit the owner to reap the rewards of building the enterprise by cashing out in...more

Los Angeles Competes For Regional Federal Patent Office

Recent legislation authorized the US Patent Office to open three regional offices. A new regional office has already opened in Detroit and, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Business Journal, numerous cities...more

Warning: Strategic Business Formations Can Help Isolate Liability, But Only if Maintained

A recent Arizona court decision serves as a reminder for businesses that have layered corporations in an attempt to isolate liabilities that they need to maintain each of these entities as if they were stand-alone companies....more

Ignorance Not Bliss: Cyber Risk Management Found Lacking

Despite increasing cyber attacks, significant losses from operational downtime, and further governmental regulation, companies are still not taking measures for basic responsibilities for cyber governance, or even securing...more

Top 10 Best Practices to Maintain Trade Secrets

Under California law, Civil Code, Section 3426.1(d), trade secrets are defined: “‘Trade secret’ means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that: (1)...more

Ten Simple Legal Rules for Business Owners

Follow these ten simple rules to avoid or reduce potential legal liability. ...more

Court Applies Alter Ego Doctrine to Deny Motion to Dismiss For Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

An Arizona district court recently relied on the alter ego doctrine to deny a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a case involving breach of a partnership agreement and trademark infringement. The...more

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