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Could message encryption apps lead to additional legal issues?

In an age where privacy is a key component in innovation, more technology companies are advising their employees to keep their electronic communication private by using various encryption apps. These programs, such as Wickr, Telegram, Signal and Confide allow users to protect messages with passcodes available only to the intended recipient. They also are known for automatic deletion options that eliminate all copies of specified conversations within a few seconds.

Protecting your brand on social media

Social media can be an effective tool for companies who want to expand their brand. But with such an extensive reach, social media may unfortunately be a platform for those who sell counterfeit goods under the guise of an established brand. This can lead to consumers purchasing fake goods or relying upon false information, leaving the brand owner to deal with the fallout.

Secrets of success for small businesses and entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur may look like he or she has everything to be successful in the business world: market intelligence, motivational skills, a gift for leadership, and most of all, confidence. It may seem like an entrepreneur is born with these attributes; or a person just has is or they don’t. But the truth is that these successful skills are developed over time; mostly by avoiding mistakes and learning from the ones that are made.

Epic battle brewing over competing Comic-Cons

We are used to seeing epic battles between super heroes. Batman and Superman had an epic fight in their movie; same with Iron Man and Captain America. With that, the irony of competing comic book conventions waging battle over a trademark seems too strange to be true, but an epic courtroom battle appears eminent.

Key elements of an effective cybersecurity plan

As we have learned from the latest high profile hacking victim, Equifax, cyber-security is arguably as important as protecting a company’ brand. A company cannot be successful if it cannot protect trade secrets, and sensitive customer information. Even more important, a company should know that it could be vulnerable to a number of electronic attacks.

Infringement suit against Disney has a number of moving parts

The box office for summer movies may be down compared to past years, but major movie studios are banking on a number of holiday offerings to bolster their balance sheets. Disney is especially bullish on its prospects, with a number of live action remakes of its classic animated tales slated to make it to the big screen.

Why construction company trademarks must be registered

When it comes to establishing and protecting a brand, construction companies are no different from other entities, such as technology companies or restaurants. A brand is an identity that creates and identifies craftsmanship, innovation and goodwill to customers. To that end, registering a trademark can be equally as important.

Tips for entrepreneurs who are working full time jobs

2017 is a unique time for startups. The economy is still expected to grow at a steady pace, startup money is still relatively cheap, and the amount of disposable income that Americans retain is high. While many believe that these are ideal conditions to launch a startup, some are ambivalent about striking out on their own and retain their 40-hour a week, W-2 jobs.

Take steps now to protect your intellectual property

In the world of today, information can spread faster than a wildfire. Even if you have simple ideas or concepts that you are still working on, they are at risk of infringement without proper protection. California has become a gathering place for intellectuals, all of them with valuable concepts that could one day become moneymaking business opportunities.

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