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  • What Are Monopolies and Why Are They Bad?
      by HG.org

    Aside from the board game, a lot of people may not really know what a monopoly is. They make their way into the news once in a while, but what does it really mean when something becomes a monopoly and why do we care? Everyone says they are bad, but why?

  • Immoral But Not Always Illegal: Price Gouging After Natural Disaster
      by HG.org

    The recent floods in Colorado have brought a problem to the forefront: post-disaster price gouging. While 35 states have made this a crime, there are still 15, Colorado included, where this is merely considered capitalism.

  • The Stamp War - Shoot Five: Gaylord v. United States

    In litigation that already has lasted nearly twice as long as the war itself, volleys are still being fired over the copyright for a portion of the memorial to a war that ended in armistice and not peace. On May 14, 2012, Gaylord v. United States was remanded by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to the U. S. Court of Federal Claims for another shot at determining the amount of damages, the fifth courthouse battle in this protracted campaign.

  • SOPA Analysis: Why One Bill Threatened the Entire Internet

    The reason that SOPA garnered so much attention was largely due to vague language that seemed to provide the government with a very wide scope of power to shut down websites and block access. While the possibility of restrictions may have looked like censorship to a public used to a laissez-faire approach to internet access, the main targets of SOPA were primarily foreign websites that hosted libraries of pirated content.

  • North Africa and the Middle East: Opportunities and Threats Posed by Patent Systems

    The states of North Africa and the Middle East are high growth markets, having recently achieved growth rates higher than many so-called “industrialized countries.” Unfortunately, these developments have not been accompanied by the kind of patent protections that would apply in countries with longer histories of technological innovation. The NA/ME States are at a cross roads and it is timely to consider how their systems for the protection of technology measure up to international standards.

  • Protecting Your Trademark

    A trademark's viability depends on continued use and vigilance. When it comes to trademarks, the law has a "use it or lose it" philosophy, which makes sense in light of a trademark's role as an identifier of the source of goods and services. If there are no goods and services that are being promoted through use of the trademark, it no longer functions as one. A subsequent user can file to cancel a dormant federally registered mark, or can defend an infringement action based on abandonment.

  • Unfair Business Practices Litigation in a Nutshell

    Running a thriving and successful business isn’t easy especially since other companies would fight tooth and nail just to get a leg up in the competition. The more successful your business is, the more money you have so it’s no surprise why some companies would resort to unfair business practices just to get ahead.

  • Strategic Plan to Protect and Profit from Fictional Characters in Audiovisual Works

    Fictional and graphic characters move effortlessly from one medium to another. Such liquidity means that they also move from one channel of commerce to another with similar ease, often creating a snowball effect through cross-marketing. This broadly expands the commercial value of the character and providing the character with legal protection in a variety of different settings and characterizations other than those in which the creator originally depicted the character becomes paramount.

  • The Sherman Act - Antitrust Legislation

    The Sherman Anti-Trust Act is the fundamental basis of American antitrust legislation. While later laws would expand upon the definition and enforcement of antitrust as a legal concept, the Sherman Act has been the foundation of antitrust law for over one hundred years in the United States.

  • Infamous Antitrust Cases
      by HG.org

    Capitalist nations such as the United States recognize the advantages of free competition. Some landmark cases had direct consequences on antitrust regulation. Some of the most infamous antitrust cases are discussed below.

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