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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hit television musical comedy “Glee” must change its name for use in the United Kingdom, a judge ruled recently. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., the creator of the show, is expected to appeal the decision.
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.
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.