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March 2018 Archives

What to do if someone steals your trademark

Monster Energy drinks recently filed a lawsuit against Monster Moving--a California-based moving company--for trademark infringement. While the companies serve drastically different purposes, Monster Energy alleges that the moving company used similar designs in their website, trucks, and uniforms to falsely associate itself with the widely known energy drink company.

A patent infringement claim that won’t disappear in 24 hours

Southern California's Snapchat is an anomaly in many ways. Its product is designed to disappear from users’ devices within 24 hours. The popular social media phenomenon also has no corporate headquarters, a rarity in an age when Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon show off their wealth and power with lavish company campuses.

Responding to intellectual property infringement

Most entrepreneurs in California and around the country understand the importance of intellectual property and take steps to protect it, but they are often unsure about what to do when their logos, branding, formulas, inventions or trade secrets are used by others without their permission. Pursuing intellectual property litigation can be costly without guarantee of a successful outcome, so entrepreneurs may be wise to attempt to resolve this kind of dispute amicably before involving the courts.

Federal judge allows embedded photo copyright case to advance

Copyright protections enable many people and organizations in California to earn an income. The ruling of a U.S. District Court judge surprised media observers when she chose not to halt a photographer's case against multiple media outlets. The photographer had filed suit claiming that the defendants violated his copyright when they embedded a tweet with his photo of an athlete into their news reports.

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