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Apple, Inc. and “The Smartphone Wars”

Posted on July 25, 2014

With over 300 million users of its iPhone worldwide, Apple is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers. As a result, Apple is often the subject of intellectual property lawsuits. In a series of lawsuits between the biggest smartphone producers in the world, dubbed “the smartphone wars,” Apple, Samsung, and Motorola have been embroiled in a years-long battle of the ages with each being accused of some sort of patent infringement. Apple, Inc. … Read More

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What is Intellectual Property?

Posted on July 19, 2014

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Works protected by copyright, patent, and trademark are intellectual property and preserve the intellectual property owner’s legal rights in the protected work. There are several types of protections for intellectual property. These include patents, copyrights, and trademarks. What is a Patent? A patent is an exclusive right … Read More

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What are the Benefits of Registering a Copyright?

Posted on July 13, 2014

While the process may appear daunting at first, registering a copyright is an essential first step in protecting your legal rights in your work. The benefits that are associated with copyright registration are abundant and far outweigh any difficulties that may come with the registration process. There are numerous legal benefits to registering a copyright and very few risks in doing so. For example, a copyright must be registered before its owner … Read More

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What Type Of Work Is Protected Under US Copyright law? An example Of A Recent Copyright Infringement Case

Posted on July 7, 2014
The Associated Press vs. Fairey

Title 17 of the United States Code includes the Copyright Law of the United States. Title 17 defines what type of work is protected under the Copyright Law. Under Title 17, owners whose works are tangible, meaning that they may be expressed in writing, pictures, physical acts, and sound recordings have exclusive rights to their work and they mus. Title 17 also makes it clear that copyright protection does not extend to … Read More

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What Is “At-Will” Employment?

Posted on June 20, 2014
at will employment

According to the California Labor Code, at-will employment is employment that has no set duration and may therefore be terminated at any time and for any reason by either the employer or employee.  Of course, an employer is still barred from basing an employee’s termination on discriminatory reasons prohibited by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. It is important to determine if you are an at-will employee because if you are ever … Read More

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