Is Your Business Name Adequately Protected?

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In the business world, there are generally two contexts in which a company name is used: (1) as a formal “trade name” for purposes of banking, taxation, licensing, and related matters; and (2) as a “trademark” for purposes of marketing goods and/or services.  There is a common misconception that the successful filing of a fictitious… Read more »

Revolution Fever Sparks Interesting Questions for the International Community

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We all watched these last weeks as the Egyptian people, inspired by the Tunisian Lavendar Revolution, over threw the oppressive ruling regime of Hosni Murabak.  As we watch the revolutionary sentiment spread throughout the Middle East region many new issues arise.  One issue that has not garnered much public contemplation is the interplay of international… Read more »

Sex Torts... The New Type Of Tort

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You are probably wondering… “what is a sex tort” and “where can I get one for my significant other?”  However, you probably do not want a sex tort.  Maybe, I should explain that we are not talking about a seductive dessert here.  In the legal sense, a “tort” is not a fancy pastry or dessert. … Read more »

The NFL Doesn't Need Any Stinking Lawyers

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Its Super Bowl week, so may as well keep with the football theme.  Hey, football is a business as much as it is game, so there are numerous legal issues, including trademark, contract negotiations and employment. As you may know, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL team owners and the the NFL Players’ Union… Read more »

Redevelopment Funds To Cease?

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As many of you know, Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to cut the program funding redevelopment.  While this may not be a legal issue, it does effect many of our clients, whether they be developers, contractors, restaurateurs or retailers.  Ultimately, the state has to save money somewhere, so it appears that redevelopment funds are on… Read more »

Trademark and Copyright Issues in the Superbowl

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Okay, I am going to ruin the Superbowl for everyone, by talking about some random legal issue that arises out of the “big game”.  When it comes to the Super Bowl, most people concern themselves with planning parties, ordering pizza and drinking beer.  Me, on the other hand, I see a giant trademark issue. You… Read more »