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Apple Denied Trademark on iTunes Icon Due to MySpace Trademark

In a recent ruling, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Apple a trademark on its iTunes musical note icon.  Trademark judges said that consumers might confuse the orange Apple icon with MySpace’s previously registered orange musical note trademark in connection with music services.  Despite Apple’s argument…

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Recent Federal Trademark Decision Has Famous Fashion Company Seeing Red

A recent federal appeals court case demonstrates that trademarks can go well beyond symbols, designs and words.  Even a single color can qualify for federal trademark protection.  The case involved a lawsuit by a high-end women’s shoe company, Louboutin, against the venerable French fashion company, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).  Louboutin’s expensive high heeled shoes feature…

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FTC issues privacy guide for facial recognition technology

The FTC today released a study and guide on facial recognition technology, and provided guidance on notice, transparency and options required when making use of, storing and sharing facial recognition information.  The case studies included a basic use (for example, a face is scanned and then the user may make changes to see what hair,…

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Interested in Government Work? There Are Many Approaches

Federal contracts are not just for the big-company bidders. The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) offers many programs to help small business owners get a piece of that work. Through the SBA, a portion of federal contracts are set aside for small business concerns. While the total set-asides for a small business will vary, all businesses…

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Case Law Updates: Apple Wins Crushing Judgment Against Samsung in California

A recent trial verdict overwhelmingly in favor of Apple against Samsung could tip the rivalry for the worldwide cell phone market to Apple, and possibly narrow options available to consumers. In August, a jury  in the Northern District Court of California awarded Apple over $1 billion in damages after finding that Samsung infringed Apple’s utility…

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You Can Fight a Subpoena of Bank Records

In lawsuits, parties commonly subpoena bank records of other parties, sometimes casting a net far wider than necessary. Individuals and businesses can fight this approach but only with knowledge of the protections available. Individuals Have a Right to Fight Subpoena Recently, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York entered a ruling reminding individuals who are…

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Top Five End-of-Year Tax Planning Tips for Business Owners

As the fourth quarter begins, now is the time for businesses to ensure that they have taken advantage of the best available tax planning strategies for the year, particularly those scheduled for elimination or reduction after 2012.  Here is a list of the top five. Expense 100% of certain assets in 2012, before the allowance…

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Apple's Patent Law Judgment Against Samsung

In August, a jury  in the Northern District Court of California awarded Apple over $1 billion in damages after finding that Samsung infringed Apple’s utility and design patents with over 20 cell phone and three computer devices. The utility patents control the features that a phone or tablet can have, and design patents cover how…

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