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PODS Wins Case over UHaul

Most people today have heard of PODS by now. If you haven’t, they are a moving company that specializes in offering large containers you can pack your belongings up into that they call pods. The containers are then picked up by a truck and delivered to their final destination to be unpacked by the person […]

Qualcomm Sues Meizu over Patent Infringement

Qualcomm has a history of fighting with a Chinese company known as Meizu. This manufacturer of portable electronics is known for producing items without taking the time to acquire all the proper patent rights for the products that it creates. That’s why Qualcomm has taken legal action against the company many times, and it’s why […]

Light Saber Choreography and Fight Companies Infringe on LucasFim

Star Wars has been popular for over three decades now, and with the latest movies coming out in the past few years, it’s no wonder that people are trying to cash in on them as much as possible. There’s still a strong following for the Star Wars movies, and there are a bunch of companies […]

Even Celebrities Can Get in Trouble with Infringement Cases

Most celebrities are highly protective of their own brands and they will work hard to maintain their image. They aren’t always so protective of other people’s brands though, and even celebrities have been found guilty of infringement before. It’s pretty common for celebrities, particularly musicians, to get in trouble for copyright problems. Blurred lines by […]

Unfair Competition Protection

Protection against unfair competition is an area of Intellectual property that is not as well-known as copyrights or patents. This is an area that has been under some sort of protection within contracts and agreements for well over a century, but the reasoning for it being part of intellectual property is not generally as obvious […]

Monetary Damages in Intellectual Property Cases

In most intellectual property lawsuits (relating to copyrights or trademarks, for example), it is often very difficult for a plaintiff to calculate the exact measure of infringement. Therefore, any damages are normally calculated as a multiple of the price for the use of the property.   Other statutes can set a determined amount for every day […]

Barbies and Bratz

Most little girls have a doll or two during their childhood.  Some like the baby doll types and others like to play grown up with an older doll.  The most famous of these older dolls is Barbie.  Barbie has been around for generations and the name evokes images of long blond hair, blue eyes with […]

The Star Wars Controversy

Here is it 2016 and everything is Star Wars.  There are Star Wars clothing items, Star Wars phone cases, Star Wars shaped pancakes and Star Wars home accessories.  It’s crazy!  It’s hard to believe this popular movie has been a part of our culture for 39 years.  Most people who say the original in theaters […]

Do I Need Intellectual Property Protection?

Intellectual property law has been around for well over two hundred years.   It has been added to and rewritten in efforts to keep up with the changing times.  The internet forever changed the way material is published.  To protect your original works, you need intellectual property protection.  The good news is that it may be […]

Obtaining a Legal Copyright and what it Does not Protect

Copyright laws have evolved over the years since they were first enacted in 1970.  However, the same basic principle of legal protection for owners of written material is still the same.  And yet there are many aspects of personal creation that are not protected under Copyright laws. Copyright 101 You do not have to register […]

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