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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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Protecting Your Brand: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
Last summer, the United States Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) in Los Angeles, California, seized over 16,000 counterfeit Hermès handbags, valued at $295,665. If they were genuine Hermès handbags, the total retail price would have been nearly $211 million. In May of this year, CBP in Jersey City, New Jersey, intercepted 185 counterfeit guitars bearing trademarks such as Gibson, Les Paul, and Martin. The counterfeit guitars were being sold for $200 to $500, while the retail price of genuine models range from $2,000 to $54,000.

Is the NFL’s Media Policy Absurd?

The Super Bowl is set to be played this Sunday, February 1, 2015, and while many are wrapped up in the deflate-gate controversy surrounding the New England Patriots following the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, some are still left scratching their heads concerning Marshawn Lynch’s presence (or lack thereof) in the media.

Google and Policy Violation Checker

Google and Policy Violation Checker

Originally posted 2013-05-21 10:55:34. By Sohyeon Lee | amdlawgroup.com On 2 May 2013, Google filed a patent application for Policy Violation Checker— a system that detects problematic phrases in electronic documents. The purpose of this system is to prevent phrases that could potentially violate company policies or cause legal conflicts for businesses and individuals. In […]

The Battle of Trademark Squatters In China

Originally posted 2014-04-16 17:10:31. By Sereine Brudent  |  amdlawgroup.com May 1, 2014 will mark a new frontier of Trademark Law in the People’s Republic of China. This third amendment seeks to address and define numerous areas of Trademark Law in order to circumvent trademark infringement. Previously, trademark rights were granted on a “first-to-file” principal, which […]

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 Machine sued Amazon for copyright infringement. For those of us who are familiar with Amazon, we have probably found ourselves searching for something on Amazon, adding it to our shopping bag, and then proceeding to find another ten items we would also like to buy. There is no doubt that Amazon benefits customers in the way that it offers complementary and competitive products. On the other hand this does not make many trademark owners happy as they may loose the purchase to a competitor

Infringement and Nintendo

Originally posted 2013-02-28 16:49:53. Tasha Schmidt, Staff Writer, AMD Law Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/7629235266/ I am sure many of you who play or have played video games do not think of all the work that goes into creating them. However, these inventors put a lot of work into their creations and it is understandable that […]

Be Aware of Google’s Copyright Infringement Policy Changes – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #10

Originally posted 2012-08-21 15:42:26. The search engine, Google has made some very interesting changes to its search algorithm aimed at deterring the use of sites that host copyright infringing content. This is a critical step in protecting valuable creative content on the internet. Google is now taking into account the number of valid copyright removal […]

Beware of Nicknames and Trademarks

You might think that you are just using an innocent nickname but on the other hand maybe you are not. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel teamed up with JMAN2 Enterprises LLC in December during football season to trademark, “Johnny Football.” However, neither the company nor Manziel cannot proceed to make money until he is out of the NCAA.

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Copyright Infringement – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #15

Jeramiah B. Perkins of Virginia, the alleged leader of an online piracy group, IMAGiNE, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Criminal copyright infringement is a serious crime; criminal copyright is the subject of the warning labels you view before the start of a movie. You know, those messages after the previews. Most people fast forward past the warnings, however, misappropriating and making copies of copyrighted materials is illegal.

International Business Law – Case Study #1

“KDBM Publishing” (a fictitous name) is a publishing firm based in the United States that is looking to expand its business overseas. Searching for a new country to do business in, various problems arose as to deciding where to expand towards. Some countries had different labor and environmental standards, while others had higher printing costs. These are common issues that arise while doing business globally. However, there are legal mechanisms that work at making doing business abroad more copacetic and uniform.

First Step to Federally Protecting Your Copyright

Many people may confuse a trademark and a copyright. A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol or design or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.On the other hand, a copyright is the limited period of exclusive rights to copy, license, or otherwise exploit fixed literary or artistic expression.