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Microsoft takes legal action against scam

As many readers may know, viruses and digital scams have become relatively common. However, according to a recent article, Microsoft is taking an proactive approach to what has become a well-known and successful online scam that it suggests is a direct abuse of the company's trademark. The computer company has recently filed a lawsuit in California.

Understanding the value of protecting business trademark rights

When your California business invests time, money and manpower into developing a brand and the goodwill that goes with it, the resulting trademark is worth protecting. This trademark is an important and valuable asset that identifies your company as the source of your products. When competitors take advantage of this and attempt to capitalize on that goodwill and value, our firm may be able to help.

Band sue Sirius XM for copyright infringement

On Sept. 22, a federal judge in California ruled in favor of the popular 60s band The Turtles that had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Sirius XM Holdings Inc. According to the judge's ruling, a California law about copyrights of sound recordings made before 1972 was not limited to control over live performances of the songs.

How long does copyright protection last?

California residents who are interested in copywriting a work may have questions about the duration of protection. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, differences exist based on the date the work was created. If the work represents a collaboration, further rules apply.

Trade secrets litigation in California

Trade secrets such formulas, computer algorithms and marketing strategies are often among the most valuable assets of California businesses, and protecting them is usually a high priority for business law attorneys. However, the courts may be placed in a delicate situation when hearing cases regarding trade secrets: They must weigh the promotion of competition and free enterprise against the wishes of a business to legitimately make the most of its strong position in the marketplace.

Protecting a trademark against infringement

California business owners recognize that a trademark is an important facet in a commercial world, enabling a company to establish its identity while encouraging easy recognition by customers. Unfortunately, successful trademarks can be easy targets for copying due to the desire of others to capitalize on the success of the companies that have created them.

Monster to 'face the music' over Beastie Boys flap

California based energy drink maker, Monster, has been embroiled in legal troubles stemming from accusations about the amount of caffeine in its drinks and how it reportedly has caused a number of deaths. Now it is fending off allegations that it used several recordings without permission in promoting an event.

Tesla to make patented information public

The electric revolution with regard to cars is about to take a dramatic turn. Indeed, electric motors have paved the way for highly efficient and wildly popular vehicles such as the Toyota PRius, but what automaker Tesla Motors is proposing seeks to change the way the industry will manufacture cars.

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