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EQUIFAX, SECURING & DISCLOSING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

On September 7th of this month, the New York Times reported that hackers had gained access to Equifax’s data containing, among other information, the Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers of potentially 143 million Americans. In addition that report … Continue reading

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How Trying Is Trying A Case

The following chart identifies a few major Chicago law firms, how disputes were resolved, if resolved, and, when cases went to trial, how long it took to reach a resolution. The period covered is 2000 through today and the source … Continue reading

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THE COMPUTER FRAUD AND ABUSE ACT

The 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. § 1830) made criminal intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization or exceeding authorized access to that computer and thereby obtaining information from it. The Act defines a “protected computer” as … Continue reading

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USING IMAGES LEGALLY

Before you use an image make sure that you have the right to do so. See https://t.co/0MG0G3QSJk for some essential information on this.

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There are Dangers Lurking in the “Internet of Things!”

There are dangers lurking in the “Internet of Things!” In the“The Internet of Things,” everything “from meat thermometers monitored with a smartphone to Wi-Fi-equipped dog collars, devices and services in homes and businesses are increasingly being connected to the Internet.” “Devices on … Continue reading

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INTENT-TO-USE YOUR MARK MUST BE “BONA FIDE”

You can file an application to register a trademark in the United States (1) based on a corresponding foreign application or registration to register that same mark for the same goods, (2) your current use of your mark on the … Continue reading

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Maintaining Your Safe Harbor Under the DMCA

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for online service providers. In order to qualify for safe harbor protection, certain kinds of service providers—for example, those that allow users to post or store material … Continue reading

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YOU SHOULD POLICE YOUR TRADEMARKS!

You should police your trademarks! As I noted in http://www.chicagotrademarkattorney.net/acquiring-and-maintaining-a-trademark/ prior to selecting a trademark for either goods or services or, and you need to consider this, purchasing a domain name for those goods or services as that domain name … Continue reading

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DUE DILIGENCE BEFORE BRINGING A NEW PRODUCT TO MARKET

Before bringing a new product to market, a certain amount of due diligence is recommended. For example, before marketing a product or service; whether a financial product, a toy, a new restaurant, mobile phone app or anything else, it is … Continue reading

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TOMORROWLAND

Tomorrowland is the name of a money-losing 2015 science-fiction adventure film starring George Clooney, the final episode of the fourth season of Mad Men in which Don Draper takes his children and his Secretary, Megan, on a vacation to Southern … Continue reading

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HOW TO CHOOSE LOGO COLORS

Check out http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2016/06/23/how-to-choose-logo-colors.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

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THE DEFEND TRADE SECRETS ACT

The misappropriation of a trade secret may now be enforced in the federal courts. On May 11th President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. Previously, entities seeking relief for the misappropriation of their trade secrets had to … Continue reading

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SIX RULES FOR START-UPS

(Note that these aren’t all-inclusive!) 1. Do a search to confirm that no one has beaten you to your technology. Do a thorough search of the Internet to see if anyone else out there is providing the services or goods … Continue reading

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Z-Burger Case Shows Value of Trademark Protection

It also demonstrates the value of having a written, executed partnership agreement. Also, note here that Mr. Tabibian federally registered the Z-BURGER trademarks in his own name. While this may have won him the first round in his battle to … Continue reading

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