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Is Abbott & Costello's 'Who's On First?' protected by copyright?

During his confirmation hearing, Chief Justice John Roberts said that being a judge is like being a baseball umpire calling balls and strikes. He may get the chance to make the call on one of baseball's oldest and most venerated comedy routines, Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First?"

Will Gilead end up paying Merck $7.6B for patent infringement?

By now, you've probably heard that Merck's Idenix Pharmaceuticals unit has won the largest patent infringement verdict in history. Last month, a federal jury in Delaware awarded the company $2.54 billion in damages after finding that California-based Gilead Sciences, Inc., had infringed on Idenix's patents for the Hepatitis C drugs Harvoni and Sovaldi.

Common trademark mistakes to steer clear from

California residents and others elsewhere may put a trademark on certain things. If a company creates a new logo or uses a color combination that sets it apart from other companies, it can claim exclusive commercial use of that creation. However, many trademark mistakes could lead to legal disputes in the future.

Supreme Court gives weight to board ruling in trademark cases

In its first trademark case in nearly a decade, the Supreme Court has decided that rulings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board can have a preclusive effect on future trial court litigation. The 7-2 decision reversed an earlier ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld an earlier trial court decision. The case, which will also have implications for California companies involved in trademark enforcement, involves a 16-year dispute between B&B Hardware, Inc. and Hargis Industries.

The importance of trademark law in building a business brand

California entrepreneurs may be interested in learning about the importance of trademark law in choosing a business brand. Due to the potential issues down the road, attention should be paid to having a strong mark from the start.

Clearing up IP misunderstandings in California

Intellectual property laws help those who have created proprietary works or who possess trade secrets to solely benefit from them. However, there are many parts of intellectual property law that are misunderstood and several myths propagated about how IP law works. For instance, many believe that the holder of a copyright must pursue action against a party that infringes on that copyright.

Court: group's name too offensive to receive federal trademark

Trying to register a trademark can be complicated process, especially if you end up in a trademark dispute. Business owners in California should be aware of a recent trademark dispute case that ended up being heard by a federal appeals court after the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board rejected an applicant's trademark request.

Software company filed patent infringement lawsuit in California

A recent patent infringement case in California is an example of the legal action companies can take against other businesses for using their patented products and ideas as their own. Open Text Corp. filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Box Inc. for using their patents without their permission.

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