Intellectual Property

An important tool for any business is the Lanham Act, also known as the Trademark Act of 1946, which protects registered trademarks from infringement, dilution, and unfair competition. This is particularly true for businesses in California because state common-law claims of unfair competition and actions...

It may seem bizarre to ask whether an animal can own property. After all, over the ages, animals have generally been considered human property themselves. Today, one of these property rights is in dispute. Copyright is a form of intellectual property law which protects original...

Every year the Supreme Court continues to distill and define the rules of intellectual property law, and this year is no different. There are several cases before the high court in this term that involve intellectual property rights, including one about whether a copyrightable or...

The Northern District of California recently ruled that a consumer had no standing to pursue class action claims for injunctive relief after tea maker Twinings removed certain labeling about antioxidants from its packages. In May 2012, Nancy Lanovaz sued Twinings North America, Inc. alleging causes of...

I became interested in water and the Internet of Things (“IoT”) two years ago when I had a below ground water leak at home that resulted in a large water bill.(1). Since I live in the Silicon Valley, California, the high tech capital of the world,...

With the New Year rapidly approaching, it is the time of year when businesses review the past year’s successes and failures, as well as plan what they want to accomplish in 2017. It also should be a time when businesses review their legal contracts to...

Recently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court was a decision on whether Samsung would owe Apple nearly $400 million in damages. The court’s ruling on that case will alter how much Samsung owes for patent infringement, and change patent law going forward. The ruling clarifies...

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