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What is Misappropriation of a Trade Secret?

Posted on April 24, 2017

A “trade secret” is confidential business information that gives its owner a competitive economic advantage over competitors.  Trade secrets are typically formulas, consumer profiles, patterns, programs, methods, techniques, or processes unknown to the public world. In order to meet the basic definition of a trade secret, it must be used and known only to a particular business, reasonably guarded, and difficult for others to acquire or duplicate.  The secret recipe to make … Read More

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What Is a “Joint Work” And Who Owns Its Copyright?

Posted on April 7, 2017

A “joint work” is a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole.  See 17 U.S.C. § 101.  A collaborative effort is only classified as a joint work if each author made independently copyrightable contributions to the work, and if the authors fully intended to be coauthors. The phrase “independently copyrightable contributions” implies that if all … Read More

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Can I Sue My Employer for Wrongful Demotion?

Posted on April 7, 2017

While a promotion is an indication of good work ethic and accomplishments in employment, a demotion says basically the exact opposite. A demotion isn’t solely a lowering of responsibilities and potentially even salary. A demotion implies that the employee’s work has been subpar and is not up to the standards required to keep their current position. That is why it is important to ensure that if an employee is receiving a demotion, … Read More

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Can My Employer Discriminate Against Me because of My Marital Status?

Posted on February 15, 2017

“Marital status” discrimination is exactly what it sounds like:  it is when an employer treats an applicant or employee differently because of their marital status, whether they are single, married, widowed, divorced, or unmarried with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner.  An employer might use an applicant or employee’s marital status to make decisions on hiring, assigning responsibilities, giving promotions, and giving bonuses.  If any of these decisions is based on the individual’s … Read More

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Does the Creator of a Copyrighted Work Always Own the Copyright?

Posted on February 3, 2017

A copyright is perhaps the greatest legal method of ensuring that you will receive credit for the work you created. A copyright is the legal term used for the rights given to the owner to reproduce, distribute, display, and create adaptations of a protected work. A few types of works that can be protected by copyright are literary works (for example novels, poems, articles, and plays), computer programs, films, musical compositions, paintings, … Read More

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