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What is the United States International Trade Commission?

Have you ever seen the counterfeit handbags being sold that imitate expensive name brands? Have you ever seen a foreign product being sold in a store that looks suspiciously similar in style and packaging to a product made on U.S. soil? These products are likely illegal, and they could give rise to an international trademark dispute.

British brewery won't have to pay royalties to the King of Rock

BrewDog has been making its popular drink, Elvis Juice, since 2015. The India Pale Ale has become the third most popular IPA in England. However, when the Elvis Presley estate caught wind, it filed suit. The Elvis Presley estate claimed that BrewDog hijacked the notorious moniker of the King of Rock himself.

Were your trade secrets stolen?

Imagine your former employee is suddenly using all of your trade secrets to create his or her own business that competes with yours. Or, maybe a competing company hired your employee away from you in order to profit financially from the trade secrets your employee learned. In some situations, the law could be on your side.

Kodak is solving intellectual property challenges in photography

Kodak has presented a new idea to resolve the problem that photographers have in claiming ownership of the images they create. The idea -- which Kodak hopes to implement -- will use blockchain encryption technology to establish the owners of photographs so that they can receive just compensation for the images they create. Kodak wants to "reshape how we understand and manage intellectual property."

Examples of the 3 types of patents

Having a patent on an invention or idea is important when a company or individual inventor wants to protect his or her right to make money off of the invention or idea. The patent will prevent competitors from stealing the idea and making money on it themselves. It will also protect the patent-holder's right to receive royalty payments for the use of the invention.

Comic-Con prevails in trademark suit

Comic-Con International -- which holds comic and gaming conventions throughout the world -- has prevailed in a recent trademark dispute with a rival convention operating in Utah. In its trademark infringement lawsuit, Comic-Con International claimed that it held exclusive rights to the name, "comic con."

Plaintiff may sue Jay-Z using Egyptian legal theory

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just heard an appeal by an Egyptian man who wants to protect his uncle's legacy. There's no doubt that Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) and music producer Timbaland (Timothy Mosley) sampled Baligh Hamdi's "Khosara Khosara" in the hit "Big Pimpin'."

Create a policy to protect your trade secrets

Many businesses thrive because of the trade secrets they own. These trade secrets, if stolen by an unscrupulous employee, could be used to compete unfairly with the business -- and affect its bottom line. A such, business owners should create a policy to protect their trade secrets.

Los Angeles house band accuses H&M of patent infringement

"Classixx" is a Los Angeles house band that has enjoyed a considerable amount of global success. The band has recently gotten involved in a legal dispute after clothing H&M began selling sweaters with its band name proudly featured on them. Classixx said that it never gave H&M permission to list its band name and now the band has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against H&M in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.

United States International Trade Commission: Section 337

The United States International Trade Commission has the power to conduct "Section 337 investigations." These investigations relate to alleged intellectual property rights violations. For example, perhaps an imported product or good infringes upon another company's or individual's trademark or patent. The International Trade Commission would conduct a Section 337 investigation to look into the matter.

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