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Ninth Circuit Allows Delinquent Corporation To Sue And Own Trademarks

In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an...more

Unincorporated Associations Can Protect Unregistered Trademarks Under The Lanham Act

Can an unincorporated association own a trade mark and enforce trademark rights under the Lanham Act? The Ninth Circuit says that it can. (Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, No. 13-55780, 2014 U.S. App. Lexis...more

Underdog or Underhanded: The Real Issues Behind Aereo

How do you prove someone is breaking the law, if the technology they are using to do so didn’t even exist when the law was written?...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

Free e-Book of Legal Audit: Internet & Cyber Laws for Website | Checklist: Do’s & Don’ts while doing Web (Internet) Based Business

Introduction 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

Taking On The Internet For Your Client's Reputation

My cell phone rings at 6:30 on a Friday evening. It's the CEO of a client company and she is panicked. Hysterical. It turns out she was doing some "old-fashioned" investigating by performing Google searches on herself and the...more

Why Legal and Marketing Conflict on How to Choose a Trademark

If you work with startups as I do, one of the first issues is choosing the company or product name. I have worked with countless marketing companies that advised their clients to “be descriptive” when selecting the...more

Corporate Law Report: Economic Espionage Act, Top FCPA Enforcement Actions, Trademark Audits, and More  [Video]

Watch our latest Corporate Law Report for a round of executive speed dating, law firm style. Included in the mix: FICA tax changes in 2013; veganism as a religion (and what that means for the workplace); overtime hours;...more

Cyber-attacks Projected to Spike in 2013: Are Companies Prepared?

Cyber-attacks against U.S. companies have been skyrocketing in recent years, with 2011 seeing an increase of nearly 44 percent according to the National Security Agency. While many businesses have implemented and continue to...more

Think About Copyright Registration for That New Website Before You Even Hire the Web Developer

Many businesses fail to recognize that their original website content is valuable intellectual property and fail to take steps to adequately protect that content from being stolen or misused by a competitor. With little cost...more

Levick Weekly - December 21, 2012: Why Netflix Shouldn't Back Down

In This Issue: - National Security’s Business Impacts - Why Netflix Shouldn’t Back Down - Class Certification - The SEC Gets Its Groove Back - The Story Of Fragrances - NACD Boardvision - Blogs - Excerpt...more

Facebook “Sponsored Stories” Lawsuit Highlights Evolving Right of Publicity

application. The case highlights the evolution of publicity rights in the face of social media. Publicity rights have been protected since the advent of the Hollywood celebrity in the second half of the 20th century. In...more

FTC Green Marketing Guides

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the release of revised “Green Guides” on October 1, 2012. The Green Guides are intended to help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims. The Green Guides are...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

Los Angeles A Hotbed For Venture Capital

Watch out Silicon Valley. Startups in Los Angeles County generated impressive growth in venture capital deals during the third quarter of 2012. According to an article in the October 22, 2012 edition of the Los Angeles...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

Partner Frank Scibilia’s Article “Sorry for Party Rocking: Copyrighted Music in Political ‘Parodies’” Published in The Wrap

In the on-line magazine The Wrap, Partner Frank Scibilia, a member of Pryor Cashman's Litigation, Intellectual Property and DIgital Media Groups, discusses the legal implications of using copyrighted music in political...more

Business News Digest - September 2012

In this issue: - What to Expect When You're Selling Your Company – Indemnification - Consummated Mergers: It Ain’t Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings - FCC Orders TV Stations to Post Their Political Files...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

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

Washington’s Increased Counterfeiting Prosecutions May Signal It’s Time to Reconsider Your Company’s IP Enforcement Strategy

Originally published in InsideCounsel.com on July 25, 2012. Introduction - Intellectual property crimes are on the rise because they are highly lucrative and historically there has been little criminal enforcement...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

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