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TRADEMARKING A NAME

You have probably seen a trademark symbol denoted by a small TM at the corner of a word or phrase, but what exactly does it mean? A trademark symbol is placed on a word or phrase that identifies a product or service provided by a particular source. Similar to a…

JUDGE UPHOLDS CANCELLATION OF REDSKINS TRADEMARK

The debate surrounding the Washington “Redskins” name and logo has been ongoing for over two decades. On July 8, 2015, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee upheld the earlier ruling of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and ordered the cancellation of the Redskins trademark. Lee agreed that the…

COPYRIGHT TROLLS

Today we introduce you to the cousin of the infamous patent troll, the copyright troll. Similar to the patent troll, copyright trolls are people or organizations that contract with multiple copyright holders in order to obtain the right to litigate on their behalf. These “trolls” then track down copyright infringers,…

USING THE COPYRIGHT SYMBOL

When thinking of the copyright symbol ©, many people might associate the symbol as the obligatory stamp added on to the end of every book title or album cover, but what exactly does it mean? More importantly, how can this symbol be used to protect the work of artists, authors…

SEVEN COMMON CLAUSES IN SHAREHOLDER AGREEMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA CORPORATIONS

Although there is no legal constraint limiting the topics in a shareholder agreement, many California shareholder agreements address the following seven clauses: 1. Registration Rights Many California corporations have shareholder agreements stipulating the conditions in which the corporation must file a registration statement under the U.S. Securities Act for the…