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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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  • Can I Have Google Content Removed?

    As many people know, once information is on the Internet, it can stay there forever. However, some individuals have a legitimate interest in having certain information removed from the Internet, so they may pursue doing this through Google, the largest search engine at the time of publication. There is a certain process that individuals must usually follow in order to effectuate this, and Google does not guarantee that all unfavorable information will be removed.

  • Understanding Commercial Agreements: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Business

    The contracts that your business has with its landlords, clients, employees, vendors and/or suppliers are the components that help create the framework of your company. Everything your organization does depends on the protection and support of the terms and conditions in its contract (s).

  • Singapore The Island Nation with Global Significance

    Singapore is a hub for international arbitration. Learn more about the city-state and what to do to prepare for an upcoming arbitration.

  • Choosing a Trademark That Will Last Over Time

    The purpose of a trademark is to differentiate and protect a companyís goods or services in the marketplace. A trademark also represents an intangible asset in the form of consumer goodwill that has been assigned to the company through its history of providing quality goods and/or services.

  • Intellectual Property: 3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

    If the success of your small business rests with your intellectual property, then you should be very interested in how you can protect it. Filing for a patent can be costly and time-consuming; you may not be able to wait that long, especially if you need to share your idea with others for it to come to fruition.

  • When Is It Legal to Download Music, Movies, or Software Via Torrents on the Internet?

    Since the rise of the Internet, the illegal sharing of music, movies, and software have been an ongoing concern. Still, not every peer-to-peer network for sharing various forms of media is illegal, and some companies have even found it desirable to begin distributing materials in this fashion. So, when is it legal to download music, movies, or software via torrents on the Internet?

  • Intellectual Property Law: Understanding the Basics

    Intellectual property law is an intimidating subject for many business owners. Sure, youíve heard horror stories about intellectual property being stolenÖ but that would never happen to you, right? Actually, if youíre in business long enough, thereís a very good chance that your ideas will be stolen. And if you donít protect yourself, the consequences could be catastrophic.

  • Cottage Food Operations under the California Homemade Food Act

    The California Homemade Food Act which went into effect January 1, 2013 has created a new category of food production called a cottage food operation. To qualify for a permit, aspiring food manufacturers need to attend a food safety class, pass an exam, learn how to label foods, pay a fee and submit to inspections. They canít smoke or keep pets in their kitchens, certain hazardous foods are prohibited, and there is also a revenue limit.

  • Trademark Law and Copyright Law - Their Use by Celebrities

    Because of the value of even the simplest phrase, celebrities today are utilizing copyright and trademark law to protect their intellectual rights in instances rarely before noticed. It is Copyright and Trademark Law which requires their lawyers to send cease and desist letters to unsuspecting entrepreneurs. A balance needs to be restored so celebrities can proceed against large scale pirates even if they donít aggressively seek to protect their intellectual property rights in every case.

  • Satire and Parody, Publishing Law in California and England

    In the aftermath of the horrific and deadly attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, we examine why parody and satire are cherished forms of free speech and how they are protected by U.S. and U.K. law. When an aggrieved target of satire or parody sues for defamation, or a copyright holder sues when their work is contained in a mashup, can parody, satire, or fair use be utilized as a defense by an attorney? In the U.K., it will help if the parody is funny.

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