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The availability of one popular feature of securing business loans — the indemnity deed of trust, commonly known as an “IDOT” – was significantly limited by the Maryland legislature over the summer. Under the new law, the IDOT security structure, by which real property is provided as collateral to secure a loan, with recordation of…

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Bowie & Jensen’s next “Empowering Business to Succeed” monthly seminar will be “Small Claims Court: Handling a Case for Your Company.”  The seminar will focus on the process of small claims court, including bringing forth and defending claims.  This seminar will assist business owners in dealing with past due account receivables.  This free seminar is…

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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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In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly extended the MBE Program for 4 more years and included several key components to the existing law.  The extended MBE Program in Maryland took effect on October 1, 2012. One of the major changes allows for an increase in flexibility related to the overall aspirational statewide MBE goal by…

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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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The article in Networkworld “Cisco network really was $100 million more” is a good example of the danger in responding to governmental requests for proposal (RFP) without considering the publicity downside of significant overpricing. The article explains that in bidding on a large computer infrastructure project for California State University, Cisco’s bid was over 100…

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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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