Effect Of Social Media Use On Privacy And Security Compliance

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. Participating in social media or conducting any ecommerce activity, in essence, makes a business a global company, and the laws of…

Protection Through Terms Of Use And Privacy And Privacy Policies

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. The DMCA and CDA offer important safe harbors to businesses relative to the unauthorized posting of content on corporate sites or…

Defamation

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. The posting of defamatory material can lead to liability for defamation and invasion of privacy and such acts have given rise…

Trade Secrets

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. A trade secret is information such as a formula, pattern, compilation, program device, method, technique or process that is economically valuable…

Trademarks

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. A “trademark” is a word, phrase, symbol, design, or any combination of those things that identifies the source of particular goods…

Copyright

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. Copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary works (which includes computer programs), dramatic, musical (including lyrics), artistic (including pictorial, graphic,…

User Generated Content

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. Social media allows for a wide variety of digital media that is created and shared by multiple users. This user generated…

Safeguarding Confidential And Proprietary Information

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. In today’s knowledge-based economy, confidential information and electronic systems are often the most valuable resources of a company. Employees who have…

Federal Laws Applicable To Electronic Communications And Data

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. In addition to privacy laws, federal electronic communication laws may also be implicated by an employer’s search of social media sites…

Protected Activity Laws

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. Various federal and state laws provide that employers may not take adverse action against applicants or employees based on certain legally…

Discrimination Laws

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. Federal and Minnesota state law prohibit discrimination both in hiring and in employment on the basis of various legally protected class…

A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace

This and the following posts have been copied or adopted from A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace, published through a collaborative effort by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Gray Plant Mooty. Preface to A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace…

Commonly Asked Questions Concerning Intellectual Property Protection

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. 1. What is the difference between a design patent and a utility patent? A utility patent covers the concept or idea behind a device or process, whereas a design…

Copyright Protection

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. A third type of intellectual property is the copyright. A copyright protects literary and artistic “expression” as well as other types of informative media that derive their value from…

Trademark Infringement

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. A trademark can be infringed even if the infringer is not using an identical mark. Trademark infringement occurs when another trademark is confusingly similar to the original trademark. Whether…

The Federal Trademark Registration Process

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. The registration of a trademark is not a mere formality. The applicant must first have used the trademark in association with goods or services in interstate commerce. The application…

Trademark Selection

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. The selection of a trademark can be very important in terms of the trademark owner’s ability to obtain registration and prevent others from using the mark. Trademarks can generally…

“Reservation” of a Trademark

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. As of November 16, 1989, trademark applicants also have the option of “reserving” a trademark, without actually having used the mark in commerce, by filing for federal application of…

Finding Someone To Manufacture And Distribute Your Invention

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here. Minn. Stat. § 325A.04 requires invention marketing services soliciting businesses in Minnesota to disclose how many individuals who have come to that service for help have made money on…