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June 2017 Archives

The post-Supreme Court ruling future of offensive trademarks

As with any Supreme Court decision, the recent ruling striking down a 70-year ban on the registration of disparaging trademarks has wide-ranging effects. Most prominently, the Washington Redskins, an NFL team who lost their trademark due to its offensive nature, may likely become the one of the largest beneficiaries.

Brand names in everyday use: When do trademarks become just words?

As every business owner, marketing expert and "Mad Men" fan knows, a lot goes into building a successful brand. There's the name, imagery, typography, colors, symbols, taglines - all of which work together to (ideally) make the brand instantly recognizable.

A horrific legal battle over the rights to a movie franchise

In the Friday the 13th series of films, victims fearful for their lives did everything they could to get away from a lumbering giant named Jason. Thirty-seven years later, his alleged creator wants the monster in a hockey mask to come back.

An estate and licensees in a legal jam

At the start of his music career, Bob Marley recorded, "One Cup of Coffee,” a song on his debut “Judge Not” album. Released under the pseudonym of Bobby Martell, the tune was described as a “strange saga of separation and financial settlement.” The lyrics included a particular line that became somewhat of a harbinger of things to come for the estate he left behind.

False advertising in Georgia: Understanding the boundaries

Marketing is at the foundation of many successful businesses. Whether you make use of TV ads and billboards, online listings and newspaper spreads, or simply word of mouth based on a solid reputation, marketing is what sustains and grows your business.

Franchises breathe a sigh of relief

Under the previous presidential administration, franchisors faced increasing pressure through “joint employer” classifications with their franchisees. Sharing employer status with individual and smaller business owners opened them up for more lawsuits over workplace discrimination or injuries.

The challenges businesses face in a changing national landscape

A seismic shift in the political landscape inherently creates insecurity and hesitancy in businesses throughout the United States. An annual study conducted by a national employment law firm’s policy institute reveals that businesses in particular are facing an unprecedented level of uncertainty.

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