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Are You a Pirate or a Promoter?

11/19/2018
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Protecting Creative Speech in Practice Let’s talk intellectual property. Not patents and trade secrets, not that “hard stuff.”  I’m talking creative intellectual property.  What some call “soft IP.” You are on-line and copy images or audio to use somewhere else—like a video presentation. Do you give credit to the original […]

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Converse Catastrophe: Chuck Taylor All Star Doppelgangers

11/19/2014
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Admit it, how many of us covet Converse, that classic American sneaker with a studly sense of style? Teenagers across the country aspired to own a pair of stitched-canvas, thick-laced, rubber-sole shoes synonymous with the greasers of the 1950s, nonconformists of the 1960s and hipsters of the 1970s. They were […]

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Patent Trolls Laughing All the Way to the Bank

08/15/2014
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Invent something, patent it and watch your creative enterprise grow into an empire. That’s what inventors are supposed to do. Some of them still follow the rules. Others do not. Among the more unscrupulous are so-called patent trolls who search the market looking for products over which they can sue. […]

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10 Ways to tell a lawyer knows nothing about eDiscovery

04/29/2014
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10.     Thinks a “legal hold” is a marriage license. 9.       Thinks a megabyte is a sandwich served at McDonalds; a gigabyte is a double with cheese. 8.       Thinks proportionality involves yearly shareholder bonuses. 7.       Thinks email is not useful for discovery. 6.       Thinks metadata is the most useful area of […]

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