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Intellectual Property Law: A Better Solution for Stopping “Cybersquatters”

Perhaps the best space a business can own is not a physical space at all, but space on the internet, which usually means registering and owning a domain name.   A domain name is like home-sweet-home to a business and is often a target for trademark infringement.   Unscrupulous individuals, and sometimes even business competitors, may attempt…

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Firm Files Suit to Stop Unsavory Competition on Amazon.com

The Maryland Daily Record may have said it best in an article that stated “two companies could be headed for a high noon showdown in U.S. District Court over copyright infringement on engraved firearm parts.”      In a federal lawsuit that made recent headlines in Maryland’s premier business and legal newspaper, Bowie & Jensen LLC is…

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Intellectual Property Law: Just Because You Paid For That Custom Software Does Not Mean You Own It.

Companies sometimes pay large sums of money to independent contractors to create a custom software program and mistakenly assume that they own the result. Many companies have valuable intellectual property developed within their business, one of which is rights in copyrighted materials. Copyrights do not involve just novels and artwork; they can include software programs,…

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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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Avoiding a Fair Use Fiasco

FAIR USE FIASCO – BE CAREFUL USING *ANY* IMAGE ONLINE by Mike Oliver The internet is littered with millions of images – taken by professional and amateur photographers alike, that contain NO identification of the author of the image. In part, this may be because it is not known, and in part it could be…

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Protecting Your Work Online

Dilemma: You find out that a company has copied an article that you created from your website, and it is using it on its website as if it had written the article itself. You want to stop them from using your article but you do not have a copyright registration for anything on your website.…

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