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Intellectual Property Litigation Archives

Hollywood takes aim at TickBox TV in intellectual property suit

TickBox TV is an android streaming TV device that enables users to stream content via open source media software. Now, several of California's media giants are targeting TickBox TV through intellectual property litigation. Chief among these media giants are Netflix, Amazon and Disney, but many Hollywood Studios such as Universal, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. are also on board with the lawsuit.

Intellectual property issues in tech startups

Aside from being huge and successful businesses, what do Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple have in common? They are just a few of the many companies that started in a humble garage. The founders of these companies did not let a lack of funds or property get in their way. We are betting that many of the current tech startups in California have founders that feel the same way.

An all-inclusive approach to protecting intellectual property

If you think about it, everything in the entire world outside of nature started with an idea. A person, or perhaps persons, thought it up and brought it into being. A long time ago, people didn't worry very much about protecting intellectual property even though it was quite valuable. The people who came up with brilliant inventions and processes over millennia were likely just trying to improve their lives and survive.

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.

Many areas to consider when it comes to intellectual property law

Intellectual property is a broad term for anything created or invented by the human mind that has a practical application or otherwise tangible effect on the world. Intellectual property comes in many forms -- from patents and copyrights, to trademarks and trade secrets -- and in every form it is an essential tool for inventors, individuals, companies and businesses to ensure that their work is protected and wholly theirs. 

Will 2017 resemble 2016's decline in IP lawsuits?

If you were to hear that motorcycle accidents dropped by a significant margin in one year, would you immediately assume that motorcycle safety was no longer a concern worth pursuing? Or what if medical malpractice figures dropped precipitously over a given period of time -- would medical professionals just throw their hands up and say "we are now perfect, there won't be anymore mistakes going forward"?

Protecting your business against intellectual property theft

Many considerations need to be made when starting or growing your business. Establishing and safeguarding your intellectual property (IP) is a vital component to any company's business plan, as it can help to avoid future infringement disputes and other conflicts.

Songwriters file lawsuit against the Department of Justice

What would the music world be like without talented songwriters and composers? In many ways they are the foundation of the industry. But recent actions by the Department of Justice have put songwriters and composer at a disadvantage - particularly when it comes to their copyright and intellectual property rights.

What qualifies as intellectual property?

Also known as IP, intellectual property is simply a generic term referring to creations and ideas conceived and owned by a human mind. While intellectual property can be confusing and sometimes difficult to determine, this type of property should be protected. This is so because other people can steal such property and market it or sell it as their own creation. Taking steps to protect property, ideas, concepts and creations means you and only your can own your IP.

The use of licensed IP when the licensor is in bankruptcy

Most businesses are not the owners of all of the intellectual property that they use. Some of their IP rights are obtained from people or other entities under license agreements, which gives them the right to use the IP but does not give them ownership. Some California licensees, however, might want to be prepared for what happens if the licensors file for bankruptcy.

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