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Cloud Service Considerations – Business and Legal Issues

Software service – Data storage – Data Management – Internet Security Cloud service considerations – business and legal issues include many operational facets of a business’s management.   Each may have their own unique risks as well as benefits.  Cloud services are not new.  Remote access to business data has been part of business and…

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Business Risk and Trade Secret Misappropriation

Business Risk and Trade Secret Misappropriation Any enterprise large or small will experience business risk and trade secret misappropriation of some form or another. The offense of misappropriating trade secrets according to the Uniform Trade Secret Act (UTSA) is the ‘acquisition of a trade secret of another by a person who knows or has reason…

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Copyright Law and Fair Use Considerations

Copyright law and fair use considerations is seldom in the mindset of many who take video with background music and post them on the web.  Obviously, the many who do may not give time nor consideration how they are using the music which raises the issues of fair use considerations.   Owners of music oppose videos…

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Trade Secrets and Employee Misappropriation

Employers overwhelmingly experience theft of trade secrets and employee misappropriation of employer intellectual property.  Employees transferring company confidential communications, business information, and items normally considered trade secret to a thumb drive or personal drives and accounts, could face being sued for a sundry of claims, including misappropriating trade secrets (violating the Uniform Trade Secrets Act),…

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Copyright Protection of Photos of Architectural Structures

Photographers commonly take photos of buildings and landscapes and of views that encompass structures and then sell them under license and it times do not account for the copyright protection of photos of architectural structures.  Under the Copyright Act, a private place though open to the public for touring is still not considered a public…

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Marketability of Hashtags

As hashtags are increasingly filed for registry as trademarks, courts are balancing the nominative use of hashtags and the descriptive use of the marketability of hashtags.  So far over 50 hashtags have been granted federally registered trademark status. The difficulty is that the descriptive use may be heightened by the courts amid the value of…

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Copyright Preemption

Issues with copyright preemption from state court to federal court become germane under the Copyright Act.  A recent decision in federal court dealt with the issue where what was being claimed was about ideas expressed in a tangible form in a software program, i.e., Spear Marketing, Inc. v. Bancorp South Bank. The Fifth Circuit determined…

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Domain Names and Trademark Suffixes

Domain Names and trademark suffixes being used brings a question to the forefront.  Can a generic top-level domain (gTLD) just be considered as part of a web address or should it be considered a source of the domain name registry? Top-level domains (TLDs) are administered by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for the domain…

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Trademark Free Riding

Many brands in a strong competitive industry have the challenge of trademark free riding posed by not necessarily their own competitors.  Company brands struggle against other entities that are not necessarily in their industry, benefiting by their use of a similar if not identical mark from the reputation they have tried to build. This “free-riding”…

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Trade Secrets and Source Code

Intellectual property lawyers are scratching their heads as state courts are struggling with archaic laws on trade secrets and source code misappropriation cases.. For instance, the New York Supreme Court determined in a trade secret case ruled, resulting in overturning a conviction as it defined ‘tangible’ as not the same as when source code is electronically transferred.…

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Software Development

Software development and implementation is critical to the growth of a company’s innovation program. The source code is software development is a valuable trade secret and is transferable easily through varied mediums.  This is a challenging concern for trade secret – software owners. Challenging issues for intellectual property owners and the pursuit of prosecuting trade…

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Copyright Differing from Digital Content

Intellectual Property Law – Copyright Law UK Court’s recent ruling prohibits copying, transferring, backing up, and combining of device usage of lawfully owned digital content. While this may impinge on right holders, it is still permissible to share books, tapes, and CD. Throughout the EU, UK does not stand alone dealing with the dilemma of…

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