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People could steal your logo and try to make it their own

Logos are typically unique, reflecting a business or company's brand and style. It seems as if no one would dare to take an existing logo and use it for his or her own purposes, but it actually happens quite often. Sometimes, they attempt to tweak the logo just enough to make it seem different. For example, the logo's color may be altered or something might be added to the logo's initial design.

It is one thing to use an existing logo for inspiration, but it is something else altogether to outright steal the design and insert another business name. Victims of this kind of theft can actually suffer serious harm such as loss of clientele, especially if the stolen logo appears within the branding of a company in the same industry.

Standard information about patent law

Are you a California inventor? Have you been thinking about getting a patent for your invention? If you said yes to either of these two questions then you should do everything you can to learn about patent law.

The first thing to understand is that patent law can be quite complex. As such, you will benefit greatly from working with an attorney experienced in this area of the law. Sound legal advice can save you from any mistakes in the patent application process and it can help protect your inventions from infringement.

What do the recent Supreme Court rulings mean for your patents?

If you thought patent law in 2017 was boring, think again. The U.S. Supreme Court has made two major decisions that change where you can file litigation and how you can enforce patents

These decisions will affect the ability for both businesses and “patent trolls” to file litigation. Protecting your patents is a constantly evolving problem and staying aware of the changes will help you defend your intellectual property.

Journalist files copyright lawsuit targeting Tupac Shakur biopic

About 20 years ago, rapper, activist and actor Tupac Shakur took the world by storm with his unique and honest style of rap. Unfortunately, he blew out of this world as dramatically as he blew into it when he was gunned down in 1996. His legacy, however, has survived and in the eyes of many, it has even thrived.

As it did with other American musical icons like Michael Jackson and Biggie Smalls, the film industry became interested in backing a biopic depicting Tupac Shakur's untold story. Helmed by Benny Boom and starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, the film "All Eyez on Me" is currently playing in theaters across the country.

The government cannot ban so-called offensive trademarks

What do the Washington Redskins and the Slants—an Asian-American rock band—have in common? They both have names considered offensive by many Americans and government offices. You probably have already heard about the widespread controversy surrounding the Redskins, but news about the Slants might be new to you and other readers.

Another thing they have in common is that the Supreme Court is firmly on their side regarding their choice of names. On Monday, the Court ruled that "the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive." For football fans in Washington, this is wonderful news and it probably pleases the Slants and their fan base as well.

Patents vs. trade secrets: Deciding which option is best for you

When it comes to protecting your intellectual property, you have two powerful options at your disposal. You can file for a patent or you can opt to license your property as a trade secret. Both of these choices are valuable, but how can you know which option is best for you?

As attorneys, we naturally advise our readers to seek counsel from a lawyer to determine the best choice. However, you can also learn about these options on your own to improve your education about the law. Essentially, the choice you make will depend upon your needs, the property in question and the kind of security you want to acquire. Below you will find some points to consider when choosing a protection for your property.

Uber gets no relief in court, even after firing ex-Waymo engineer

May was a tough month for all involved in the trade secrets infringement case brought by Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, and Uber, which is also developing self-driving technology. The problem is that Uber hired a former engineer from Waymo to run its self-driving car project, and that engineer may have pilfered Waymo's trade secrets.

Unfortunately, June looks poorly for Uber. As we discussed on this blog in May, the former Waymo engineer allegedly downloaded some 14,000 proprietary files from the company before he left. Then, Waymo's trade secrets appear to have "seeped into" Uber's project. Waymo sued for patent and trade secret infringement, unfair competition and other claims. Its patent claims have been dismissed.

What does USPTO's Michelle Lee's resignation mean for patent law?

Michelle Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2014, abruptly announced her resignation on Tuesday. Lee, the first woman to hold the post of director, first joined the agency in 2012. She was then named interim director and ultimately confirmed for the top position under the Obama Administration.

The USPTO comes under the auspices of the Commerce Department, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross praised Lee in a statement earlier this week. "Michelle has worked tirelessly to serve our stakeholders and the American public. We wish her well in her next endeavor."

Comedian claims Conan O'Brien co-opted his quips

Alex K. has been a comedy writer for at least 20 years. Jay Leno has used thousands of his jokes. You may not have heard Alex's name, but he's still in the game. He blogs about humor and sometimes posts dozens of pithy, topical jokes at a time.

It might be tempting for a less-successful comedian to steal some of those jokes. But would it be tempting for writers on a hit comedy show?

Did Uber know the Waymo engineer it hired would bring secrets?

Ride-sharing giant Uber is in the midst of a hard-fought battle to get ahead in the exciting field of autonomous vehicle technology. Unfortunately, a judge has just ruled that it took the contest a bit too far when it hired a former engineer from Waymo, Google/Alphabet, Inc.'s self-driving vehicle unit.

The federal judge in San Francisco unsealed a ruling on Monday that Uber knew or should have known that the engineer was bringing along Waymo's valuable trade secrets. Waymo produced "compelling evidence" that the engineer had downloaded a lot of files just before he left Uber to start his own autonomous vehicle business last year. Uber bought that business and hired the engineer to run its research and development.

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