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IP protection of all that glitters

It can be easy to casually overlook the hard work, artistry and creative originality that makes jewelry beautiful, desirable and marketable. We sometimes admire a dazzling piece on a friend’s finger or neck and get caught up in the gleam of precious gems or lustrous metals.

For jewelry designers and makers, however, the protection of intellectual property under copyright and trademark law is a critical part of retaining ownership of not only designs but also works derived from their original pieces.

With growing use of EV charging stations comes ADA responsibility

In 2018, California had about 31 percent of the total 48,000 electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) in the United States. A number of those are provided at hotels and hotel mixed-use properties. That means owners and franchisees have to be aware of ADA compliance regulations for the charging stations.

California’s Building Code specifies how many EVCS are necessary to meet federal ADA requirements. If your hotel provides one to four EVCS, then you must have one van-accessible EVCS. If you have five to 25 EVCS, you must provide one van-accessible and one standard-accessible EVCS.

California’s industrial commercial real estate market is booming

According to a recent report, the California industrial commercial real estate market is booming. Though San Diego isn’t listed among the top five markets in the state, many sources indicate that commercial real estate here is also in high demand.

An online commercial real estate transaction platform – Ten-X Commericial – says five California cities occupy the top of its lists of “Buy” markets. However, the Inland Empire, an area northeast of San Diego and east of Los Angeles, did fall into the top five “Sell” industrial commercial real estate markets.

Part II: Twisting, turning tale of alleged trade secrets theft

Regular readers of our San Diego legal blog know that we recently shared the first half of the story of former Google employee Anthony Levandowski, who helped the company develop self-driving car technology. When he left the California tech giant, however, Levandowski was accused of taking propriety information with him and was the focus of trade secret litigation.

Rumors were swirling about the robotics engineer when he wrote a resignation email to Google’s CEO, stating “I want to be in the driver seat, not the passenger seat.” He formed a new company with a half-dozen former Google employees. But rumors were flying from the moment he left – Uber was interested in buying a $600 million stake Levandowski’s new venture.

Part I: Twisting, turning tale of alleged trade secrets theft

Seven years ago, a rumor of the imminent corporate demise of one of Google’s most talented engineers began percolating at the self-serve espresso bars in the company’s 3,000,000-square-feet California headquarters. A robotics expert, he was one of the employees spearheading Google’s self-driving car research.

He and his team created software that could combine landscape photos with GPS coordinates that could plot routes for autonomous vehicles. They then began tackling tech that could connect on-board lasers, cameras and computers to enable the vehicles to move around and obey traffic laws without hitting vehicles and pedestrians. When he left Google for Uber, he was suspected of stealing intellectual property and a lawsuit was filed.

Big changes coming to San Diego’s waterfront

You might not have felt it, but the Port of San Diego, a portion of the Bayfront and Chula Vista recently rose 14 feet.

The Union-Tribute notes that the trio recently agreed to elevate an area in preparation for ongoing and anticipated sea level rise, as well as a $1 billion hotel and convention center. The gigantic and long-awaited commercial real estate development project is expected to generate thousands of new jobs and millions in new tax dollars.

California takes aim at diversifying board rooms

In a move aimed at pressuring public companies to diversify their leadership, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a law requiring all publicly-traded companies with headquarters in California to feature at least one woman on their board of directors.

The move is intended to stir up the mostly homogeneous makeup of leadership teams across industries, but it’s not without controversy.

Understanding two major developments in IP litigation

Intellectual property—in the United States and throughout the world—is one of today’s most challenging and exciting fields. The world of intellectual property law is complex, exhilarating and ever-changing. As technology continues to evolve, so does intellectual property litigation. In our global economy, there is a constant battle to develop new intellectual property, which comes with numerous legal implications.

The field of intellectual property litigation constantly faces new developments. In this post, we will discuss two currently facing intellectual property law today.

Will San Diego’s Qualcomm prevail in IP dispute with Apple?

Though Qualcomm is headquartered here in San Diego, it has more than 200 facilities spanning the globe. The chip-making giant is embroiled in a patent infringement dispute with another California tech titan: Apple.

Last month, many observers thought Qualcomm suffered a legal defeat when a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled that Apple’s iPhones shouldn’t be banned though they infringe a Qualcomm patent. But an intellectual property business publication argues “that all is not lost for San Diego's finest” in its IP dispute.

Respect between dating app executives despite IP lawsuit

It is a relatively short jaunt north of San Diego to get to Laguna Niguel, an idyllic, modest-sized coastal city in Orange County. The suburb that boasts a population of a little more than 60,000 recently hosted Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit.

Two of the participants lead companies currently embroiled in a lawsuit alleging intellectual property infringement. Despite the ongoing legal dispute, Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg said she respects Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd.

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