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February 2018 Archives

Emojis, emoticons and intellectual property law

From t-shirts to movie posters to print advertisements, emojis and emoticons have made their way into a wide variety of commercial applications. The creative and marketing potential offered by these eye-catching and youthful images and text strings may be vast, but their newness also means that intellectual property lawyers are facing unique copyright and trademark issues regarding their use.

Will Congress once again extend the copyright term?

Want to protect your intellectual property or make use of someone else's IP for artistic purposes? If you're planning on doing so in California or another U.S. state, Congress could end up making things harder than you anticipate. Here's a quick look at the term (or length) of a copyright, the evolution of the copyright term and how another change in the copyright term could impact you.

Nondisclosure Agreements In Light Of The Weinstein Scandal

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal-as well as other recent sexual harassment accusations against a wide range of public figures-non-disclosure agreements have come under scrutiny. While NDAs can be used for good-protecting company secrets, for instance-they can also have a chilling effect on an employee's willingness to report instances of harassment and abuse at the hands of senior executives.

3 Questions To Ask When Licensing Your Intellectual Property

Companies interested in leveraging market trends rely on intellectual property licenses to protect their rights and interests. These IP licenses constitute the very backbone of entrepreneurial and corporate profitability. Unfortunately, far too many IP firms base their client's needs on lazily constructed templates that may not fully articulate the nuances of the specific intellectual property.

Things You Need To Know About California Trade Secret Law​

One of the greatest threats to a company's prosperity stems from the trade secrets that separate it from industry competitors. Whether that involves grandma's pie recipe, a key software innovation or the formula to Coca Cola, trade secrets provide businesses an edge that directly relates to profitability. Protecting trade secrets has proven to be difficult in the information age and San Francisco area companies may consider a recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in New York as an example.

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