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At LSI’s Merchant Strategies for Mobile Payments Conference in Seattle on May 14, DWT’s Erica Wilson presented on the topic of “What Merchants Need to Know About How the Key Players in the Mobile Payments Services Ecosystem...more
The craft beer industry is expanding rapidly and it seems a new brewery opens, or an existing brewery expands, almost daily. As a result, craft beer industry trademark disputes are occurring with increased frequency....more
With the ever changing advent of Internet law, it is very crucial to ensure the legal compliance of a website and get it audited from an internet lawyer. Various components of a website, including, Terms and...more
In Capital Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc., 12 Civ. 95, (Mar. 30, 2013) (“Capital Records v. ReDigi”) Judge Sullivan of the Southern District of New York held that the copyright “first sale doctrine is limited to ‘material...more
In this issue:
- The Time Is Here: Protecting Your Brands Against New Top-Level Domain Names
- Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Supreme Court Holds that the First Sale Doctrine Applies Regardless of Where a...more
Everyone navigates the Internet. It is the new Grand Commons of society – the place for communication, commerce and information. Web sites populate and inform the internet. Every web site has a domain name such as...more
“Three can keep a secret if two are dead.” — Benjamin Franklin.
In the shrinking world of social media, privacy seems to be an all but forgotten concept. But in the world of business, trade secrets are critical to...more
On January 12, 2012, ICANN, the authority responsible for management of the internet domain name system, launched the new, expanded, gTLD program, which we reported on here. As implementation moves forward, we want to keep...more
You have likely heard by now that the Internet is about to get substantially bigger and more complex, with potentially treacherous consequences for brand owners. This past fall, we wrote a chapter covering this issue in...more
We previously discussed the troubling issues of: a) whether your company’s insurance policy(ies) actually provides coverage for claims of IP infringement, and b) which of your policies is the one(s) you should be looking to...more
Now that 2013 has arrived, we look forward to a new year of media cases. However, in order to orient ourselves for 2013, it is important to stop and take a look back at some of the relevant entertainment and media cases of...more
You don't see a trademark infringement action in the Business Court every day, let alone a TRO decision, but a case with both came along last Friday in SCI Carolina Funeral Services, LLC v. McEwen Ellington Funeral Services,...more
Amazon has recorded another success in its battle with Apple over use of the term APP STORE. The U.S. District Court in California has granted Amazon’s motion for summary judgment on Apple’s claim of false advertising...more
In This Issue:
- Written Contracts and the Statute of Limitations...Page 1
- Website Owners: Who is Liable for Third Party Postings on Your Website?...Page 2
- Business Tort Brings Sanctions...Page 3
Much has already been written about the specific terms of the settlement, so I will not attempt duplicate that effort. You can find the actual settlement here (see alert for link). There is some interesting background...more
For established brands, trademark licensing can be a very lucrative enterprise. It allows the brand to expand its existing markets or venture into new ones with little additional risk or investment. This was not always the...more
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On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a Consent Decree with Google Inc. (“Google”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”). The decree settles allegations that Google...more
Yes, it’s the lazy way to do a post during the week before Christmas and New Year. In my next post, we will use this information to help predict the trends of legal issues for online media, marketing, internet law and...more
Would you place this mouth wash bottle on your bathroom counter or hide it under the counter?
The answer to this question, it appears, can have a material impact on whether the shape and design of the bottle functions as...more
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
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
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
Originally published in InsideCounsel.com on November 20, 2012.
As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gears up to begin delegating up to 1,000 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in little...more
Originally published in the November 2012 issue of Smart Business Los Angeles.
You know that picking the right name for a startup company or new product line can play a major part in its success. But name selection...more
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