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Intellectual property law deals with the rules for securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artistic works.

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  • Questions and Answers about the New Federal Trade Secrets Act

    Does your work involve trade secrets? If it does—or even if you’re not sure—there’s some new legislation that you should know about: the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which was recently signed into law by President Obama. Here’s some information about the act and how it may affect you.

  • How to Protect Your IP with a Non-Disclosure Agreement

    The employment landscape has changed over the last few years and many small and mid-size companies today operate with outside help – contractors or freelancers who perform important tasks but who are not full time employees on your payroll, or even third party companies who consult on a new product or service.

  • The Importance of Intellectual Property Protection in Fashion

    More than many other industries, fashion thrives on the ideas, concepts, designs, and other creative contributions of its personnel.

  • You Can Stop Trademark Infringement

    You have gone through the painstaking process of starting a business, developing a brand for your business, namely, your business’ trademark, invested significant time and resources into this development, and suddenly you discover another business is using your exact trademark or a similar one. What can you do?

  • Music May Be Less Widely Available in the Future. Here's Why.

    The government just denied a request from the music industry to change the royalty collection system. Here, we examine what's at stake and explain why change may be imminent.

  • What Is Fashion Law?

    While the worlds of law and fashion may seem as far apart as one can imagine, legal matters are inseparable from any career or aspirations in the fashion industry. To understand why fashion law is so important, one must start with what it is and why it should matter to you.

  • Google Books Is Legal, Making Information Free

    After years of litigation, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling that Google Books makes fair use of others' copyrights. What does that mean for you?

  • Alcohol, Language, and the Law

    Legal disputes have become increasingly common among breweries and distilleries. Companies are litigating not only over trademark confusion, but also the meanings of words like "craft" and "handmade." The outcome of some of these suits may have wider implications, impacting how certain beverages are labeled.

  • Social Media with a Side of Litigation

    As social media continues to become further ingrained in our daily lives, businesses and individuals should consider its potential role in litigation - particularly intellectual property-related matters. Here, a few examples of lawsuits and potential lawsuits that have arisen specifically due to social media sharing.

  • The "Blurred Lines" of Copyright Law

    When a jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' hit song "Blurred Lines" infringed Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," the world was shocked, and the music industry panicked. Here, we explain why the year Gaye's song came out was a major factor in outcome - and why, if it had been written only a short time later, the verdict may have been different.

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