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U.S. GOVERNMENT URGES GLOBAL ENFORCEMENT OF IP LAWS

The Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the 2015 Special 301 Report. The report is the annual review of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement within the United States and in countries that participate in trade with the United. The report is a reflection of the United States’…

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PARTNERSHIPS

In the business world, a general partnership is a form of business that has more than one owner. A general partnership can come with a great deal of liability. All partners in a general partnership are all personally liable for all business debts. For example, a partner in the partnership…

LLC VS. CORPORATION

When starting a business, choosing the correct form of business entity best suited for your company will be advantageous in the long run. There are two common business entities to consider, a corporation and a limited liability company. Corporations Corporations are the traditional form of business entity that is normally…

STATE TRADEMARK VS. FEDERAL TRADEMARK

Trademark rights are obtained simply by having a distinctive word, phrase, or symbol that indicates a product. No registration is needed to have basic trademark rights under the common law. However, if the distinctive phrase or logo is gaining recognition, applying for a trademark may be necessary to ensure full…

FAIR USE OR INFRINGEMENT?

When a copyright is obtained, the owner has the exclusive right to use and distribute all copies of the material. Any other use of the copyrighted material may be considered copyright infringement. However, there are instances where the use of copyrighted materials can be justified due to limitations on the…