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Apple doesn't make the same mistake twice (Kathleen Melhorn, Staff Writer)

Instead of facing infringement charges or risking winding up in court again, Apple filed seven trademarks this week. The patents ...

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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 ...

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Merchandise Designers, Hold the Confetti! The Redskins’ Name and Logo are Not Open for Business…

By Ozelle Martin | amdlawgroup.com There is a well-known professional football team in the National Football League (NFL) called the Washington ...

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Cow Urine: Just Another Bodily Fluid or India’s Next Chance to Pushback Against Big Pharma?

An emerging push in India toward the patenting of cow urine may help shed a light on pharmaceutical patent policy ...

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The Trademark Tacking Doctrine: What is it and Who Should Decide.

In trademark law, the tacking doctrine allows an existing trademark owner to modify its mark without abandoning ownership of the ...

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Amazon's Merchandising and Trademark Law

Muti Time Machine Inc, v. Amazon.com deals with the question of whether Amazon’s search results violate trademark law. Multi Time ...

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READ This Before you PIN another item on Pinterest!

READ This Before you PIN another item on Pinterest!

Pinterest is easily among today’s hottest new social media services. Founded in 2009, the easy to use image sharing site ...

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4 Ways to Protect Your Trade Secrets Abroad

At the 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), intellectual property rights were emphasized with a focus on trade secrets. Trade secrets have been a core concern among foreign companies in China. Lack of enforcement has been attributed to things like China’s limited experience with trade secret cases and reluctance on the part of the local governments to take on complex cases because of the time and resources involved.

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 Eastwood (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “For a Few Dollars More”) and Marlon Brando (Last Tango). The films at issue were all produced by P.E.A.’s legendary Alberto Grimaldi. P.E.A. has filed its complaint in New York federal court against MGM, seeking damages starting at $5 million.

Are B-Corp’s Better for Business?

On the question are B-Corp’s are better for business? It is clear that B-Corp’s are better for society. Over 26 states are changing the corporate landscape. These states capitalizing on one of the largest entrepreneurial and business booms of this decade. Most are familiar with the three, most prevalent, kinds of corporate formation structures in the U.S.; the C Corporation; the S Corporation, and the Limited Liability Company also known as the LLC. But 26 states, including the District of Columbia, have adopted a new form of business model; the B-Corporation. The B-Corporation represents a business model that promotes socially responsible investing, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship; while remaining profitable.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Fashion

Recently, the United States Department of Labor found more than 1500 garment workers in California were owed over $3 million in unpaid wages based on a year-long survey. The Department of Labor found that suppliers directly related to Nasty Gal, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and JC Penney, and others, paid its workers below the minimum wage while also subjecting them to sweatshop-like conditions.

Elton John’s Copyright Woes – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #9

Music legend Elton John is filing his legal documents to dismiss a copyright infringement suit filed in Illinois back in April by singer/songwriter Guy Hobbs. Hobbs alleges that the composer lyricist team of Elton Hohn and Bernie Taupin stole lyrics from his 1983 title “Natasha” for their title “Nikita” released two years later.

Super Omniphobic When Wet

Long gone are the days of teflon, when you could slap a chemical coating on something to make it repel water and other materials. Non-Stick is no longer the way to go with repelling products. Nowadays, there are some products that have to repel water and other buildup. So scientists looked at natural repellants like duck feathers, insect wings, and super repellents like the leaves of the lotus plant. When a product is omniphobic it will resist oil and other liquids from saturating the object.

“Hangouts” vs. “Hanginout”: Google’s Social Media App was Challenged by Trademark Infringement

Originally posted 2014-01-04 18:19:59. By Sindy Wenjin Ding | amdlawgroup.com Are you a user of “Hangouts” on your smartphone? Google is having trouble to keep using “Hangouts” as the name of its newly launched video-focused social media app. A California-based company, Hanginout, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Google, Inc. in late November 2013, claiming that […]

Unique is the New Black

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
In fashion, designs are continuously changing yet also seem to overlap among higher-end and lower-end brands. Designers should be wary when launching a design for their brand because of the risk that someone else may create a knockoff or variation of their original design. Because of this, designers must create something that is signature and innovative to the brand and that will to be protected under intellectual property laws.

Fast Fashion: Buyers Be Aware

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
Products from stores like Forever 21, H&M, and ZARA have been coined as “fast fashion.” Fast fashion is typically described as the industry’s ability to design, manufacture, and sell new styles in stores within a fraction of time.

No Major Holiday Discounts for Michael Kors

Just when we thought the holiday season could not arrive any sooner, companies have already geared up for holiday shopping. Starbucks has begun promoting its holiday red cup and seasonal flavors, while the Wall Street Journal has set up a “Christmas Sale Tracker” that updates every hour to help readers monitor prices for the “hottest gifts.” As consumers prepare to buy gifts, they typically are looking for popular items at the lowest price. Michael Kors, however, is not planning on offering any promotion deals.