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Trademark Assignments: Keeping it Valid

After a trademark achieves federal registration, ownership of the mark may change hands for a variety of reasons. When a trademark owner transfers their ownership in a particular mark to someone else, it is called an...more

What’s in a Like?

In the pre-Facebook era, the word “like” was primarily a verb (and an interjection sprinkled throughout valley girls’ conversations). Although you could have likes and dislikes in the sense of preferences, you could not give...more

Beyond Borders: The Power to Block the International Flow of Digital Files

With the advance of digital technology, courts are being forced to deal with the legal ramifications beyond the borders of the United States. In a previous post, we discussed the potential impact of the decision in Motorola...more

California Seeks to Clarify Standards of Review for Hotel Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Hotels are one of the most misunderstood properties when valued by local assessors for property tax purposes. A hotel’s enterprise activity is comprised of tangible property, in the form of real estate and personal property,...more

To Catch an E-Thief — Under Federal Property Law

As businesses move away from paper documents, courts are poised to broaden ‘conversion’ definition. The fundamental shift for busi­nesses in the past 15 years from paper documents to computer data has forced the courts...more

Unclaimed Funds: Requirements, Penalties, and Relief for Holders of Unreported Funds

“Unclaimed funds” are all intangible property (such as savings accounts, checking accounts, unclaimed wages, dividends, credit balances and many other types of outstanding checks and balances payable) unclaimed by its owner...more

IRS Updates Accounting Method Procedures for Repair Regs

In new Rev. Proc. 2014-54, the IRS modified the procedures to obtain the IRS consent to a change in method of accounting for dispositions of tangible depreciable property. This relates to the ”repair regulations“ finalzed...more

Top 4 Innovations Driving Growth in the Global Sukuk Market

The Sukuk Opportunity - Total Sukuk issuances for 2013 stood at approximately US$120 billion and the Sukuk market is likely to sustain double-digit growth in the coming two to three years with assets in Islamic finance...more

Intangible Services, Rights And Digital Content: Global VAT Guide

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Global VAT Guide: Cross Border Supplies of Intangible Services, Rights and Digital Content. As business grows more global, the challenge for in-house counsel and in-house VAT specialists is...more

New York Ruling Raises Questions About The Taxation of Cloud Computing Services

When you were a child, lying faceup on a grassy knoll in the yard, staring at the clouds, what did you see? Animals? Faces? Tall ships on the high seas? Or perhaps you felt left out and never understood why people claimed to...more

Washington State Proposes Increasing Scope of B&O and Sales Taxes

The Washington Department of Revenue recently announced that it intends to substantially revise Rule 193, its administrative rule regarding B&O and sales taxation on sales of tangible personal property. Major proposed changes...more

Tax Law Alert: Sales Factor Excludes Amounts Received from the Sale of Goodwill

In a case argued by Stoel Rives, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Oregon Tax Court in favor of Tektronix, Inc. The Supreme Court ruled that, for purposes of apportioning income, the sales factor excluded...more

Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

Oregon Supreme Court Decides Sales Factor Case

On December 12, 2013, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision in Tektronix, Inc. v. Oregon Dep’t. of Revenue. The court held that the taxpayer’s receipts from the sale of goodwill, making up a part of the sale of a...more

New Dutch transfer pricing decree: incorporating case law, bringing clarity

The Dutch Ministry of Finance has released a new transfer pricing Decree that is already in effect. The New Decree, announced in late November, supersedes two earlier Decrees, that of 30 March 2001 (IFZ 2001/295) and...more

Does a Service Provider Have a Lien Over Customer Data?

On 19 November, Datateam won permission to appeal from an unreported decision of District Judge Bell sitting in the Reigate County Court on 12 June. The facts of the case, which related to unpaid invoices for database...more

California Supreme Court Draws Bright-Line on Taxation of Intangibles

Recently, the California Supreme Court issued an important decision regarding the property tax treatment of intangible rights and assets. In Elk Hills Power, LLC v. Board of Equalization, the court held that the value of...more

Global Tax Report - September 2013: Intellectual Property Tax Planning

In This Issue: - United States: Benefits of Intangible Property Migrations - United Kingdom: Innovation: The Name of the Game - Germany: OECD’s Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Within the...more

Legal Alert: California Supreme Court Confirms That Intangible Assets Are (Still) Not Subject to Property Taxation

In a unanimous decision issued on August 12, 2013, the California Supreme Court held that the California State Board of Equalization (the BOE) may not assess the value of intangible Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) when...more

Does A Radio Station Have Goodwill?

A recent Claims Court case addressed whether a radio station's assets include goodwill....more

Ninth Circuit Holds Takings Case Must Proceed Through Tribal Court

An eminent decision out of the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals is not a common occurrence. A Ninth Circuit eminent domain decision dealing with intangible property is even less common. Yet, on April 26, 2013,...more

Commercial General Liability Policies and the Risk of "Intangible" Losses

Commercial general liability (CGL) policies are designed to protect policyholders against bodily injury and property damage. “Property damage” requires physical damage to tangible property or a loss of use of tangible...more

IP Strategies: An Offensive and Defensive Approach

Companies, both big and small, take a variety of approaches when it comes to protecting intellectual property. Some companies focus on product development and marketing with little focus on protecting intellectual assets,...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Factoring Transactions Are Not Subject to Related Party Intangible Expense Add-Back Statute

In 2012, Tennessee amended the excise tax statute to require prior approval before allowing intangible expenses to be deducted from net earnings for intangible expenses paid by one related party to another related party. In...more

Disclaimer Of Income Interest Was Not Taxable For Nonresident

Code §2501(a)(2) provides that, except as to certain expatriates, U.S. gift taxes do not apply to the transfer of intangible property by a nonresident not a citizen of the United States. This exemption is big enough to drive...more

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