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December 2018 Archives

Strategic considerations for defending a trademark

The circumstances of each trademark dispute are going to be different. According to some, it is just as important to focus on how and when to enforce that trademark protection as it is to get it in the first place. The trick is to have a plan about how to handle defense against infringers.

Employee sues over bullying boss

An employee for the Pennsylvania Transit Authority (PTA) has filed a lawsuit against his employer. The suit, which is filed in federal court, alleges that the employee endured discrimination because his boss’s focus and disdain for him and the fact that he was of Indian origin. He claims that his work environment was so stressful that it caused his heart attack in 2017, which led to a two-month medical leave.

Intellectual property and work-for-hire rules

As a business owner, you may frequently be in the situation of having others create works on your behalf. You may have employees develop software, create graphics or write content. You may also hire an independent contractor to produce these and other types of works. It is important to know some intellectual property concerns that can arise as a result.

UGG boots once again protected by design patent

UGG boots have been a part of the fashion landscape for longer than a decade. It has had to protect itself from infringement several times over the years, most notably against Romeo and Juliet's (R&J) Bearclaw. UGG’s parent company Decker Outdoor Corporation (DOC) has used a series of design patents to protect its popular moccasin-like winter boot with sheepskin exterior and wool liners. The previous case was settled, but the two companies went back to court recently because of R&J’s new line of boots.

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