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May 2017 Archives

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.

A unicorn is supposed to be something you don't see every day

Unicorns are mythical beasts, so they're not just out there walking around, right? Unfortunately, it seems there is one too many unicorns in New York City these days, and a local coffee shop claims it is Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino.

Should the Register of Copyrights be a presidential appointee?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1695, the first step toward changing the reporting relationships of the Register of Copyrights. Currently, the Librarian of Congress appoints the Register. Under the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, the Register would become a presidential appointee who would have to be confirmed by Congress.

What can I do to protect my business trade secrets?

One challenge of running a business is knowing whether or not it's right to pursue a particular strategy. In the area of intellectual property, California law provides protections for a wide array of things making it hard sometimes to identify how to categorize an asset. Is it a trade secret? Maybe it's something that needs patenting. What's the best way to protect a company's asset value?

Wrangling continues over copyright to 6 unreleased Prince songs

Just before the anniversary of Prince's death, a former colleague thrilled fans by promising to release six new, previously unreleased songs the artist recorded with him. Then, a federal judge issued an order that he refrain from releasing unreleased recordings made by Prince. The former sound engineer responded by posting one of the songs, "Deliverance," online and making it available for download.

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