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July 2015 Archives

Netflix involved in intellectual property dispute with Rovi

California residents may be interested to learn about the ongoing intellectual property dispute between Netflix, Inc. and Rovi Corporation. According to a statement from Rovi, the company will continue to pursue its claims against Netflix until it is able to obtain the necessary licenses. The litigation involves five patents that are related to various aspects of Netflix's over-the-top video service.

Amazon facing lawsuit over search results

A California court will hear a trademark infringement lawsuit that was filed against Amazon by a watch manufacturer that does not sell its products through the online shopping website. Multi Time Machine, a company that produces military-style timepieces, takes issue with the way that Amazon displays search results when consumers search for MTM products on Amazon.

Trump and NBC agree to arbitration over Miss USA dispute

California residents will likely be aware that remarks made by Donald Trump considered incendiary by many have led to several companies severing ties with the polarizing candidate for the GOP presidential nomination. Disparaging comments about Mexican illegal immigrants led NBC to terminate its relationship with Trump on June 29, and the Spanish television channel Univision announced that it was cancelling its coverage of the Miss USA beauty pageant. Trump owns the pageant jointly with NBCUniversal.

An overview of intellectual property protection and rights

Entrepreneurs, artists, and others in California may understand the frustration of having one's creative work copied, especially if the individual or entity doing the copying then uses that material to generate a profit. It is important to know the types of protections available so that violations are clearly understood. In some cases, legal action may be necessary to put an end to illicit use of one's materials, but this may be contingent on correctly protecting those materials in the first place.

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