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Developments in Biotechnology and Genetic Licensing

The global biotechnology sector is rapidly expanding. This expansion is leading to more discoveries and innovations than ever before. The field of biotechnology is based upon the controlled and deliberate manipulation of biological systems for the manufacture or processing of useful products. Biological systems are living cells and their cellular and molecular components. Genetic splicing was modernized in 1971 by Paul Berg, a professor at Stanford University in California.  The study of biotechnology wad further enhanced by Herbert W. Boyer from the University of California and Stanley N. Cohen from Stanford.  Boyer and Cohen advanced developed a way to transfer genetic material by encasing it in bacterium.  The ability to transfer genetic material is crucial to the ability to reproduce the material making the process of manipulating genetic material commercially viable.  

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Nike Sues Former Designers Who Left to Work for Adidas

The ongoing battle for supremacy between Nike and Adidas has recently reached a new level. Last week, Nike initiated a suit against three former designers who decided to leave Nike for their competitor Adidas. The suit ask for upwards of $10 million in damages.

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Trump’s Copyright Battle with Queen

With GOP nominee Donald Trump’s recent antics and remarks, it does not come as a shock that Queen is less than pleased and trying to fight back against Trump’s use of the band’s famous hit “We Are the Champions.”

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Fashion Law: A Growing Think Tank For the Fashion Community

Originally posted 2014-01-02 02:57:28. By Sindy Wenjin Ding | amdlawgroup.com As the fashion industry has grown enormously in size and scope, a growing group of legal practitioners have accumulated insights and legal principles, created a whole new concept: Fashion Law! It undoubtedly preaches gospel to the numerous fashion companies and brands. This article will serve […]

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The Basics of the USPTO Supplemental Register

Business starts with a brand and that brand should be protected.  Trademark registration is one of the modes of brand protection.   If you have gone through the trademarking process you might soon become familiar with the supplemental register.  The goal is to get onto the principal register and NOT the supplemental register.  If you can make it to the supplemental register that is good and is your pathway to the “big league”, the principal register. 

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How Facebook Opened a Door That Was Already Open

The disruptive nature of Facebook’s platform is that for many users it has become a connector; a way to connect with others and feel relevant.  In some respects, the platform appeals to our human insecurities and the need to be seen. We share, post, comment and read posts with very little regard for whether they are fake news or fake posts. Unconscious bias prompts us to believe what we want to believe and call the rest fake. But what is real is that Facebook has not mastered the art of being social and in some ways, has denigrated it.

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Fashion Icon: Pharrell Williams

As a teenager, Pharrell Williams began his own record studios called Neptune with his friend and worked with many famous artists such as Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, and Britney Spears. He also helped produce Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. In 2014, Mr. Williams became a voice coach on the popular television show The Voice. Throughout his career as a singer, producer, and songwriter, Pharrell Williams won many Grammy awards—but his talent doesn’t end there.

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Licensing for Small Businesses

An important aspect of intellectual property rights is the ability to create licensing agreements. However, an effective licensing agreement requires a few key factors.

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Under Armour Is Beefing Up Its Regime with Ali, Curry, and Murray

“Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee…” These trademark words were spoken by legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, and may resurface again sooner than you think. On Wednesday, Under Armour, Incorporated announced that a multiyear agreement had just been reached with the famous boxer.

Actually, the deal was struck with Authentic Brands Group LLC, which purchased the licensing and management rights of Muhammad Ali in 2013. Packaged with with Ali’s coined phrases, will also be vintage video, and photos of Ali that will be utilized in a massive marketing campaign that will launch in March.

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The Brand Protection Woes of the Fashion Brand Zara: Chinese Trademark “Hijacking”

News about Zara is all over the press lately. Zara’s founder, Amancio Ortega, recently surpassed Warren Buffet as the world’s second-richest man; several days later, the billionaire was also accused of being one of the most racist. Now, a $40 million discrimination lawsuit claiming he favors hiring employees who are “straight, Spanish and Christian”, has been filed against him. This lawsuit absolutely adds fuel to the flames for Zara, because remotely in China, Zara’s “backyard” is “on fire”.

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Getting a Trademark for a “Controversial” Name

Originally posted 2013-03-20 18:04:34. By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com It is important to trademark your name, especially when it is your band’s name, and this is exactly what this Asian rock group is attempting to do. Except the rock group is trying to trademark the name, “The Slants.” The band tried to trademark the name […]

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The First Step To Globally Protect Your Trademark

Unlike most countries, the United States follows the first to use rule when protecting trademark rights. This rule states that the trademark rights belong to the first party who uses the trademark of a certain product or service in commerce. In the United States, federal registration of a mark is not mandatory but can save time, money and prevent future infringement problems. Most countries enforce the first to file rule, which protects the trademark rights of the first party to file an application and receive registration for a certain product/service.

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