Chocolate enthusiasts and store owners are up in arms over the recent news regarding Hershey and Cadbury. California candy stores that sell Cadbury and Hershey chocolate products may notice the taste and packaging for snack items going through a transitional stage, especially after discovering the results of Hershey's lawsuit.
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According to sources, Apple Inc. and Ericsson have filed lawsuits against each other due to a licensing dispute. Apple filed a lawsuit in California claiming that Ericsson is charging excessive fees for use of its patents and that the patents themselves may not be essential in devices that Apple makes. Ericsson filed a lawsuit in Texas district court asking for a determination as to whether or not its fees are fair.
On behalf of OSI Systems, the City of Irvine filed a civil lawsuit against multiple defendants. The lawsuit is based on allegations of the defendants manipulating testing results for the company, misleading the company about its financial health through reports and creating products beyond the scope of the company's contracts.
Copyright laws enforced in California and throughout the United States protect a wide variety of material considered to be original works, such as literary work, art, music, videos, software and motion pictures. The purpose of copyright protection is to prevent a person's original work from being stolen and used by another for gain, usually financial in nature. The law does, however, provide a provision for using what would normally be copyrighted work called fair use laws.
As many California business owners may know, a company is often identified by its trademark. In addition, a business has proprietary information that it may not wish to share with others if it is associated with the company's success, like a secret formula. Protecting trademarks or trade secrets is an important aspect that may be overlooked.