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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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Are You Collaborating or Just Copying?

Let’s be honest! Some of the best music you’ve ever heard are music collaborations. It’s one of the best ways ...

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How to Protect Your Start-Up—Even Before You Have a Brand

Even before you establish a brand, there are steps you can take to protect your intellectual property.

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The Top Five Things to Know About Domain Names that will Help You Stop Cybersquatters

With cyber crime on the rise, ICANN is looking to help businesses pushback against cybersquatters and avoid deep litigation costs. ...

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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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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 ...

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Patent Troll Control

A study published by Boston University in 2012 found that over $29 billion of direct costs were generated by patent ...

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Tips for Marketing Your Fashion Business in China – International Business Law – Case Study #4

Tips for Marketing Your Fashion Business in China - International Business Law - Case Study #4

An example of a trademark would be the “swoosh” logo that we identify with Nike. The swoosh, “Just do it,” ...

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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 ...

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SMILE! BUT DO NOT INFRINGE MY TRADEMARK!

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com Can emoticons become trademarks? Apparently yes, as there are several federally registered trademarks that are in ...

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You Can’t Have My Blessing…Or The Music!

By Breanna Pendilton | amdlawgroup.com
Copyright law is founded upon the theory that it will promote and incentivize new works, while also giving credit to the originator.  But what happens when the owner of that work, will not share it?  Does that promote and incentivize new works?  Lifetime has recently announced its plans to make a biopic of the late singer Aaliyah, who died tragically in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001.  Her family, who was not contacted about the biopic, is not happy, and feels as if Aaliyah’s life was enough of a story to be told on the big screen.  But what can they really do right?  I mean, Aaliyah’s life, itself, is nothing but a bunch of facts.  In the eyes of copyright law, facts are not copyrightable, and Aaliyah’s family does not own her life story.

Bunnies’ War

Bunnies’ War

Energizer Brands, LLC (“Energizer”) has been using its trademark (picture of a pink rabbit in sunglasses and with a drum) as of 1989. During the same year, the application for registration of the trademark was filed with USPTO. A year later, Duracell U.S. Operations, Inc. (“Duracell”) filed an application for its pink bunny trademark with USPTO as well.

Inventor Creates in Wife’s Memory

An inventor from Minnesota is using his loss of a loved one to drive his invention for “Easy Caulk.”

Greg Amundson along with his kids and wife June started to create his invention for “Easy Caulk.” They wanted to take the mess out of traditional caulk guns and provide a product from the USA. They also wanted it to be environmentally friendly.

Fashion Inspiration: Maya Angelou

Mercedes Joshua | amdlawgroup.com
Fashion inspiration can come from anyone, but the person I believe to really inspire fashion is Dr. Maya Angelou. She was one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. She encouraged people and inspired them to be something more and, without realizing it, she also became a fashion icon. Because she was such a role model to young black women, they looked up to her in everything she did and what she wore. Dr. Angelou was a great poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. She also never conformed to social stereotypes when it came to clothes. She had a very classic and modern look all at the same time. She always looked so comfortable in whatever she was wearing. Her clothes truly expressed who she was, a classy woman.

First Step to Federally Protecting Your Trademark

By Ann Marie Sallusti | amdlawgroup.com
Trademarks are not just a mark on a product. Trademarks make products identifiable to consumers and are essentially the product that is being sold. Trademarks “may” be federally registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but registration is not mandatory in the United States. Unlike most countries, the United States follows the first to use rule when protecting trademark rights. The first to use rule protects the trademark rights of the first party who uses the trademark of a certain product or service in commerce. Therefore, if a creator satisfies the requirement of using the trademark in commerce in the United States, the creator’s work will be protected. On the other hand, most other countries follow the first to file rule when protecting trademark rights, which protects the trademark rights of the first party to file an application and receive registration for a certain product or service.

People must LIKE to sue Facebook

Originally posted 2013-02-18 19:01:00. “People must LIKE to sue Facebook” By. Kathleen Melhorn, AMD Law Staff Writer             For the umpteenth time, Facebook is facing copyright infringement charges this week. After a Dutch family realized Facebook had very similar features to the invention made by their deceased kin, a lawsuit was issued. A  Dutch programmer […]

6 THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT BRAND PROTECTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Today’s expansion of social media websites has created a lot of new opportunities for companies to promote their brand, allowing for new forms of interactivity with countless customers simultaneously. At the same time, though, social networking websites like Facebook or Twitter also make it easier to lose control over one’s brand as anyone can create a Facebook or a Twitter account that contains the company’s brand name or engage in unauthorized uses of their trademark and the magnitude of information going through those websites is hardly easy to control. Here you can find some tips that will help in devising a safe and effective social media strategy without endangering your brand.

The Not So iLife of Apple

With the entire hype surrounding apple, one would assume it was the only company to use the “i” before the name of the product it was selling. Unfortunately, this is not true in Brazil where Apple has been sued for using the term “iPhone”. Brazil is the largest Latin American country and Apple products are currently on the market there. However, other electronics companies are there as well.

China Making Strides to Establish Specialized Court for Intellectual Property

China is taking strides to establish specialized courts to handle intellectual property cases. Over the next two weeks, China plans to set up its first specialized court in Beijing, and by the end of the year, intellectual property courts will be set up in Shanghai and Southern Guangzhou. China has been criticized for its lack of enforcement of intellectual property rights, but in recent years, it has made several developments to its intellectual property laws.

Fashion Inspiration: Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Monique Union is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels.