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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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McDonald’s Brings a Super Sized Objection to Supermac’s Trademark Registration Attempts

McDonald’s Brings a Super Sized Objection to Supermac’s Trademark Registration Attempts

Contrary to popular belief, it is not always the big companies that win intellectual property lawsuits. Even with excessive amounts of money at their disposal and employees to rigorously seek out potential infringement on their behalf, the big chains of the world sometimes lose to the little guy. In fact, this is exactly what happened in a fairly recent case in which McDonald’s sued McCurry, a restaurant in Malaysia that serves Indian food, and seems to be the direction a more recent case is headed in which McDonald’s is suing Supermac’s.

Fashionable Google Glasses

An Italian eyewear luxury brand, Luxottica, announced their future partnership with Intel to create fashionable smart eyewear. Luxottica own many well known brands such like Ray-Ban, Oakley and Persol; the company also collaborates with Chanel, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu, Tory Burch, and Stella McCartney. Intel and Luxottica plan to develop smart technology for eyewear designed and perceived to be worn in the future.

SiriusXM Appeals Copyright Ruling

he U.S. District Court of Appeals for California ruled against SiriusXM last week for airing music produced prior to the 1972. The laws of federal copyrights after 1972 expanded to cover master recordings. The lawsuit was filed by band songwriters Flo & Eddie of the Turtles. They sought $100 million in damages from the satellite radio company.

Rugby to Fashion

Tommy Bowe, an Ulster and Irish Lions rugby player, started a new gents brand clothing business called XV Kings Tommy Bowe Designs. He first involved himself in the fashion industry through collaboration with Lloyd & Pryce, a shoe brand.

Spied on By My Cell

Just when you thought you were unplugged, little do you know you’re being stalked!

Even if you are sure you powered down your phone for the night, Android spyware can use your phone to record your voice, and your camera to take video or pictures without your knowledge.

According to research from AVG a well known app for scanning phones and computers for viruses and malware, uncovered this malware and named it Android/PowerOffHijack.A.

Court Date Set for Facebook Ad, Eminem Song Copyright Case

8 Mile Style, a song publisher for Eminem, filed a lawsuit in May against Facebook and Wieden & Kennedy, the advertising agency behind Facebook’s “Airplane” commercial for copyright infringement. The copyrighted song in question is “Under the Influence”, a collaboration piece between Eminem and rap group D12 off “The Marshall Mathers LP”, Eminem’s third and most successful studio album to date.

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.

Where to incorporate? – Delaware, Wisconsin, Nevada, or at Home?

By Ann Marie Sallusti | amdlawgroup.com
According to the internal affairs doctrine the state of incorporation will govern dealings and issues that are internal to the corporation, including but not limited to, fiduciary duties, shareholder rights, and other particular corporate issues. On the other hand, issues that are external to the operation of the corporation may be brought elsewhere. Therefore, a business owner’s decision to incorporate in a certain state determines what corporate law will govern the entity. A business owner should take legal issues, taxes, fees and incorporation requirements into consideration when deciding where to incorporate. Recently, business owners have been contemplating three states when determining where to incorporate – Delaware, Wisconsin and Nevada.

Billionaire Richard Branson and Copyright – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #8

A copyright is a right to prevent others from using your originally authored work. To protect their creative ingenuity, as well as to ensure that they are the only ones who can make use of and profit from their material, authors of artistic or intellectual works have their material copyrighted. Those who have copyrighted material have many exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce the work, distribute copies to the public for sale, and perform the work. Since anything you create can be copyrighted, copyrights can protect endless types of creative work. Some examples are recorded music, books, software codes, video games, paintings, plays, or sculptures.

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 prevent goods from entering the country—including for infringement of IP. And it can issue only one remedy for infringements—an injunction. No money, just exclusion orders that stop violators in their tracks. And this is exactly why legitimate businesses and questionable businesses alike have raced down the road to the ITC.

What does that have to do with money-grubbing patent trolls?

People must LIKE to sue Facebook

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 by the name of Jos Van Der Meer made a program that was much like a “social diary” and linked content from third party sites. He was also granted a patent for this feature in 1998, long before Facebook was even thought about. Facebook’s “like” button has this same feature allowing users to like different companies and/or products in the advertising bar on the side of the site.