Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

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Oakland, CA 94607, United States

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11 Ways to Avoid Advertising Missteps

Although advertisements are everywhere, many companies are not aware of the numerous state and federal laws and regulations that govern advertising. Below are several basic advertising concepts to help spot and avoid advertising…more
| Communications & Media Law

Do I Need to Dress Up My Fashion Line in a “Trade Dress?”

What is a trade dress? Is this a new fashion trend that Miley Cyrus or Rihanna started? Not exactly. Trade dress law is a subset of trademark law that originally included only the packaging or “dressing” of a product,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Suing to the Oldies

I’m listening to my Classic Rock station on Pandora, and Keith Richards’ timeless guitar licks begin to blast from my laptop speakers. I instinctively pick up my air guitar and start to wail. Mick comes in: “I. Can’t. Get…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

CA Supreme Court Rules ‘No CEQA Required’ When Agencies Adopt Citizen-Sponsored Initiatives

The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that when a city council or county board of supervisors adopts a citizen-sponsored land use initiative, rather than placing it on the ballot, it need not comply with the California…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Technology Design Concepts Can Be Trade Secrets

Conventional wisdom holds that software algorithms and source code can be protected as trade secrets, but broader technology “design concepts” can only be safeguarded by registering for patent protection. But that conventional…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me…and My Copyright?

Seems that someone’s always thinking of you, especially if you’re Smokey Robinson and you’re about to reclaim ownership of popular songs you wrote back in the day, like “I Second that Emotion,” “The Tears of a Clown,” “The…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Family Law, Intellectual Property

Digital Privacy’s New Age: Supreme Court Turns off Google’s Radio After Holding That We Are Our Cell Phones

In another installment of “Google does WHAT?!?,” the Supreme Court on June 30 rejected the Silicon Valley giant’s bid to stop a lawsuit accusing the search company of wiretapping. You read that right. Wiretapping…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Did “Raging Bull” Punch Led Zeppelin and Send Spirit Toward Stairway to Heaven?

More than 40 years after releasing what many music aficionados consider to be the greatest classic rock song ever written, Led Zeppelin faces a lawsuit alleging that it was written (in part) by someone else. At issue is the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

AEREO: Supreme Court Takes Us Back To The Future

It’s 1975; Saturday Night Live just debuted, disturbed women keep shooting at President Ford and Sony just came out with a new-fangled product called Betamax that allows television viewers to record shows and watch them on their…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Beyond Disparaging: Five Important Clarifications Regarding Redskins Trademark Decision

Over the past year, debate regarding whether the National Football League’s Washington, D.C. franchise should continue to call itself the Redskins has risen to a fever pitch once again. So, naturally, it was big news when, on…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Indigenous Peoples, Intellectual Property

Game On: U.S. Supreme Court Relaxes Standards for False Advertising Claims

If a competitor circulates false advertising about your products you can sue under federal law, but what do you do when the person making the false claim is not a competitor? Sue them anyhow…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

When It Comes to Net Neutrality, No One’s Neutral

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to open for public debate new rules designed to guarantee an open internet. The FCC’s Democratic chairman boldly proclaimed: “This agency supports an Open…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Craft Beer Trademark Disputes: Too Much Trouble Brewing?

It seems like every week there is a new trademark dispute involving craft breweries. One need only check Beerpulse or Brewbound, two popular beer industry sites, to see many posts about craft beer trademark disputes. This is…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Intellectual Property

Real Property Investment Vehicles Have Intellectual Property Too

The terms “intellectual property” and “real estate” are rarely found in the same sentence. Real estate industry veterans generally view “property” as an asset comprised at least partly of dirt. But real estate investment…more
| Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

Why I Scream at the TV: “Silicon Valley” Drives IP Lawyers Crazy

In the HBO show, “Silicon Valley,” the protagonist Richard Hendriks is an awkward, nerdy creator of a fancy algorithm for a music app that helps songwriters figure out whether their songs are infringing on another person’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property
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