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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you heard the one about the monkey who took a selfie and tried to get a copyright? Or the one about the elephant who tried to protect the rights to his video that wound up going viral on YouTube?
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.
It may be inevitable, but a successful company may be forced to pursue a former employee who has left the company with unauthorized trade secrets. This type of employee is likely to use the information and trade secrets to start a new venture that competes with the company he or she just left.
Business leaders may seem like they are born with all the attributes that make a successful entrepreneur: leadership skills, public speaking gifts and above all else, confidence. However, the reality is that these skills are actually developed over time. So what should small business owners focus on in order to hone these skills? This post will highlight a few steps.
In the world of intellectual property and trademark laws, much is at stake. A company's reputation can be deeply damaged if a competitor infringes on intellectual property or otherwise unfairly competes. These disputes can arise in a wide variety of circumstances, and many businesses are caught off guard. It helps to have legal support with experience in protecting profits by stopping unfair competition in all its forms.