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Equifax Takes Down Webpage After Report Of New Cybersecurity 'Situation' : The Two-Way : NPR

NPR reports that last week, visitors to the Equifax website were met with an error message that sent off alarm ...

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P.E.A. and MGM Fighting Over Eastwood Films

P.E.A. Films, Inc. is seeking to terminate MGM’s (Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer) contracts which granted licensing rights for three films headlined by Clint ...

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Isn’t It Obvious? A Look at the Effect of Obviousness in Patent Law

A major requirement for patentability is non-obviousness. However, tests for obviousness have changed as of recently. Through discussion of the ...

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Road to the ITC is paved with Patent Trolls

Part of the International Trade Commission (ITC)’s job is to protect U.S. industry by monitoring foreign imports. The ITC can ...

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The Tale of Trademark Registration: What Can Tyler Perry Teach You?

By Ozelle Martin | amdlawgroup.com Tyler Perry is a highly acclaimed film creator, screen and play writer, actor and now, a ...

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5 Things to Think About Before a Small Business Merger

Companies often merge together to improve overall performance of the companies. While merging a small business with another may seem ...

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How to #Registeryourhashtag

By Ann Marie Sallusti | amdlawgroup.com Hashtags are any word or words that have the pound (or hash) symbol in front ...

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Mobile Marketing: Proceed with Caution

By Christina Severino | amdlawgroup.com In addition to the soaring popularity of social media, the advances in technology have lead many ...

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Market Segmentation and Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a very important resource, and it is no surprise Forbes Magazine has called it among the most ...

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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.

The Emerging Market of Revenge Porn

Imagine meeting the man or woman of your dreams. You are in bliss as the two of you undertake the journey to build a loving, and comfortable relationship. The relationship is a safe haven, a place of solace. It is so sacred that the two of you become romantically involved. You trust one another so much that harmless photos or videos are shared, and saved on each other’s mobile or media devices for future viewing. Then the unthinkable happens…a nasty break-up, someone hacks a cloud storage network, or a third party obtains the media and sells it for profit. You hear about your photo being posted on a revenge porn mogul website such as, Texxxan.com or Is Anybody Up.com. What remedies do you have? Will the legal system step in? Is the “injured party” entitled to relief?

Protecting Your Manuscripts for Reality TV

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
Have you completed a manuscript for a reality tv show? In addition to federal copyright protection, Secure Script Registration with the Writer’s Guild of America can help writers protect their manuscripts associated with radio, film, and TV. Through the Writer’s Guild of America, authors protect their works by establishing legal evidence of the completion date of their original work and their prior claim to authorship–useful aspects against infringers.

Water Gun Settlement is No Laughing Matter

The creator of Nerf toy guns and the Super Soaker water gun has been awarded 72.9 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc. according to the company’s law firm King & Spalding. Atlanta-based Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson had been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro. According to the representing law firms Hasbro had underpaid royalties for the Nerf line of toys from 2007 to 2012.

Lock Down and Keep Your Trademark Active

Make sure you are informed about all of the maintenance steps to keep your trademark active and alive in the USPTO database. You will not receive a call, email or any notice if your trademark is out of maintenance. Ensure that you make the proper filings and pay the proper fees and keep your hard earned registered trademark active.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR APP

The billion dollars app boom is far from being over! A recent study carried out by GIGAOM for the European Commission (https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/sizing-eu-app-economy) shows how apps are going to substantially contribute to the future global economy and how app developers are going to take the global lead. It is important, for app developers, to know how to obtain protection for their ideas at first, and in the end for their developed apps.

Pink Clashes with PINK

British luxury shirt retailer Thomas Pink filed an infringement action against the UK branch of American lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret with the Patents County Court in London back in May. Thomas Pink alleges that the Victoria’s Secret PINK line, designed to target the younger crowd of teens to twenty-somethings, confuses customers by marketing and selling products under the label “PINK”, which is also a name under the Thomas Pink brand.

Train A Child In the Way He Should Go…. And He Will Call YOU A Copycat

Last month, small Atlanta-based shoe designer, Antonio Brown, sued big time company, Louis Vuitton, for trademark infringement. Since the earlier months of 2013, Brown’s sneaker collection has been known for its distinctive metal plate placed across the toe box of its shoes. In February of this year, Louis Vuitton’s new “On the Road” collection made its debut with an all too familiar metal plate, placed right across the toe of the shoe.

Peter Fonda Brings Suit for ‘Easy Rider’ Shirts Against Dolce & Gabbana, Nordstrom

Italian luxury fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been caught in a fresh legal bind, this time over their brand’s t-shirts sold by American fashion retailer Nordstrom, also a defendant. The shirts, which were priced at up to $295 apiece, have since been removed from sale on Nordstrom’s website. Actor Peter Fonda is suing for at least $6 million in compensation, claiming that the iconic images of himself in the classic 1969 film, “Easy Rider”, were used without his permission. Movie stills of Fonda on a motorcycle and the movie’s title in its original font are emblazoned on the t-shir

Does a Primate have a Copyrightable Interest in its “Selfie”?

By Christina Severino | amdlawgroup.com
Recently, the Wikimedia Foundation was asked by British nature photographer David Slater to remove a “selfie” photograph taken by a primate with his camera. The Foundation refused, reasoning that because animals cannot hold a copyrightable interest, the images were in the “public domain”. As a result, Mr. Slater will likely pursue a legal action against the Foundation because the individual who uploaded the photo has not been located. His proposed argument is that the primate served as his assistant, thus affording him the copyright interest in the photos uploaded.