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The new American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 enacted in response to the infamous Fiscal Cliff  now provides estate and financial planners with more definite rules for the foreseeable future. The Federal estate tax exemption was set to drop from $5.12 million per person to $1 million per person in 2013. This would have meant…

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Low barriers to entry in certain businesses breed rapid response and quick-to-market products that capitalize on “in the moment” mania.  Often the in-the-moment-mania products derive from long standing famous trademarks owned by aggressive trademark enforcers.  Buyers should be beware of these types of aggressive trademark enforcers prior to making costly investments. Here is a hint.…

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“The previous play is under review.” San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the latest on a long list of celebrities and sports figures to turn to trademark law in the effort to protect something believed to be rightfully theirs. These efforts are sometimes fleeting, and they often bring the ire of fans. However, the…

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A familiar question dependably re-emerges at about this time each year. It essentially asks “can I get in copyright trouble for having a Super Bowl party with a big screen TV?” This post gives you some ground rules in order to spare everyone from the possibility of being arrested by the copyright police .  (Disclaimer:…

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On January 10, 2013, the United States District Court, N.D. California, San Jose Division entered a permanent injunction against a patent-infringing defendant in BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC. v. A10 NETWORKS, INC., Dist. Court, ND California 2013 – Google Scholar. The ruling restrained the defendant and parties in active concert with it from “making, using, selling, or…

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Challenges to Solicitation Procedures, Such as Amendments to Solicitations, Must Be Made Before Contracts are Awarded  The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that, where a protest is based upon a defect in the bid solicitation process, the protest must be made before the bid is awarded. In the case of Comint Systems…

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