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January 2018 Archives

The Lanham Act could help businesses combat unfair competition

Advertising is an ever-present thing in Manhattan. Everyone knows that ads almost always put their subjects in the best light possible. Still, it seems unfair when an advertisement makes false claims about either its own product or a competitor's product. Is there anything a competitor can do when this happens? One option they may have is to pursue a lawsuit against the company under federal unfair competition law.

Blockchain technology and the future of intellectual property

You may be familiar with Bitcoin and other "cryptocurrencies." These are new ways of storing and transferring value which do not rely on a centralized bank account, but rather on a new technology which verifies the value without a bank account to verify the money.

We provide legal guidance for shareholder disputes and more

New York business owners know that it just isn't always possible to see eye-to-eye with everyone all the time. Whether it's customers, vendors or even partners, people often have different ways of seeing things. And there are other parties that corporations sometimes disagree with, namely their shareholders. While it is often possible to work out disagreements informally through discussion and negotiation, it isn't always possible all the time.

Hockey team and Army in a trademark dispute

Trademarks are important to Manhattan businesses, because trademarks are a key part of how companies present themselves to the world. A unique trademark helps potential customers distinguish a company from the rest of the field. This is why companies will fight to keep their trademarks and fight to prevent others from using the same or confusingly similar marks. These worthwhile fights can be a lot more complex than some businesses bargain for. The owner of one professional hockey team has discovered this.

What are nondisclosure agreements?

Depending on the type of business they are in, companies in New York and elsewhere have certain priorities. For some, this means taking extra precautions to protect business secrets. These business secrets are often the core of the company's identity, making it what it is and causing it to stand out in the market and keep up with other competitors. If this information is revealed, it could be detrimental to the company. Thus, employers and business owners take steps to ensure their employees keep these secrets as well.

What is intellectual property?

As previously mentioned, a business's brand in everything. It is what connects the business to the general public and what really helps the company flourish. Any damage caused to a business's brand could harm their reputation and even the ability for it to remain in business. Because of this, businesses in New York and elsewhere should take steps to protect their brand by protecting their intellectual property.

Can a monkey own a copyright?

Copyright issues span a gamut of scenarios brought before the court in an effort to assign and protect authorship. With society utilizing more technology and creativity in its pursuits, there is often collaboration between humans and non-humans to produce a final work.