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The importance of IP protection for startup companies

California is home to some of the nation's most innovative companies, and their success is often based largely on their intellectual property. Studies have found that intangible assets account for most of a company's value, and for businesses just starting out, such assets are often the difference between success and failure. Startup businesses often find it difficult to qualify for conventional financing, and they may also have a difficult time getting venture capitalists to back them if they have not taken adequate steps to protect their intellectual property.

Social media posts may be protected under copyright laws

Many businesses in California use social media to promote the products and services that they offer to customers. Although it is very common for Twitter and Facebook users to repost social media content, business owners may be able to protect their posts from redistribution. Intellectual property laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act have been used to prevent social media users from passing off someone else's content as their own.

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.

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.

American Well sues competitor for patent infringement

Many California business owners know that intellectual property is a valuable asset for any company. A telehealth company is now suing a competitor to protect its intellectual property rights that constitute the core processes through which it conducts its business.

Ford sued for intellectual property theft

California motorists who own Ford vehicles may have heard that the auto manufacturer is being sued for intellectual property theft. On May 7, Versata, a software company, filed a complaint against Ford for using its software without permission. Then on June 3, the Texas software company asked a judge to issue an injunction against Ford.

Judge progresses infringement case against Sirius

Songs recorded before February 15, 1972 are not protected by U.S. federal copyright laws. Some artists, however, have been granted copyright protection by individual state laws. A judge in California recently permitted a class action lawsuit to progress against Sirius XM Holdings Inc, a New York company.

Lawsuit claims Uber founders stole trade secrets

On May 14, a man filed a lawsuit in California against Uber Technologies Inc. in which he claimed that he was the original inventor of the transportation network. Since it was founded in San Francisco in 2009, Uber has become a popular cellphone-based shared ride service that operates in 57 countries.

Protecting business ideas from others

Entrepreneurs in California may benefit from learning more about the different strategies someone can employ to protect an original and unique business idea from being used by another party. In order to sustain profitability long-term, new entrepreneurs may need to understand more about how to protect their brand. People starting new businesses also need to avoid infringing on the trademarks owned by other parties. Trademark disputes often arise when two companies share a close similarity in their brands, designs or services.

Protecting intellectual property in California

Trademarks and copyrights offer intellectual property protection for businesses who come up with new ideas. However, an idea may unintentionally become popular or otherwise become noticeable thanks to social media. There are a variety of steps that a business owner can take to protect intellectual property and keep potential imitators from stealing an idea or creating similar marks or content.

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