Why You Need a Solid Agreement with Your Partners: STP’s Sad Tale
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Why You Need a Solid Agreement with Your Partners: STP’s Sad Tale

Why You Need a Solid Written Agreement with Your Partners: The Unfortunate Tale of Stone Temple Pilots You Control Intellectual Property Your Company Creates by a Written Partnership Agreement The current legal battle among members of the Stone Temple Pilots may evolve into an excellent example of how to avoid common mistakes that business owners…

Copyright Basics: What Can Be Copyrighted in Minnesota?
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Copyright Basics: What Can Be Copyrighted in Minnesota?

Copyrights protect creative works. A copyright gives the owner of the copyright exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, perform, or display the copyrighted work. A copyright also gives the owner of the copyright the exclusive rights to create a derivative work. A derivative work is a work that is based on the copyrighted work. What Type…

Trademark Infringement and the Importance of Conducting Trademark Searches
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Trademark Infringement and the Importance of Conducting Trademark Searches

All businesses engage in some type of marketing. Marketing often comes in the form of advertising: in newspapers, on television, on a website, on the side of a bus or billboard, etc. However, sometimes the marketing is as simple as placing the businesses name or logo on the goods they are selling. Purchasing decisions are…

R & D Film 1, LLC files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against 41 John Does in Western District of Washington
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R & D Film 1, LLC files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against 41 John Does in Western District of Washington

On January 8, 2013, R&D Film 1, LLC filed a two-count Complaint attempting to allege Direct Copyright Infringement and Contributory Copyright Infringement involving the motion picture “the Divide” against 41 John Doe Defendants. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District Court of Washington and has been assigned case…

Zambezia Film Ltd. files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against 51 John Does in Western District of Washington
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Zambezia Film Ltd. files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against 51 John Does in Western District of Washington

  On March 5, 2013, Zambezia Film Ltd. filed a two-count Amended Complaint attempting to allege Direct Copyright Infringement and Contributory Copyright Infringement involving the motion picture “Adventures in Zambezia” against 51 John Doe Defendants. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District Court of Washington and has been…

Is 7 Second TV Clip Fair Use or Copyright Infringement?
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Is 7 Second TV Clip Fair Use or Copyright Infringement?

‘Jersey Boys’ Wins Important Copyright Challenge The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the producers of the hit play, Jersey Boys, chronicling the rise to stardom of the musical act, “The Four Seasons,” did not infringe upon the rights of the copyright owner to The Ed Sullivan Show. SOFA Entertainment, Inc. v. Dodger…

Copyright Law: Copyrighted Materials On The Internet
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Copyright Law: Copyrighted Materials On The Internet

If you transmit images via the Internet or allow for such transmission, you may also be considered a publisher of copyrighted material. As noted above, many different types of materials may be protected by copyright, including audiovisual works, musical compositions, sound recordings, visual art, photographs, graphics…

Patent's and the Internet: Patent Infringement
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Patent's and the Internet: Patent Infringement

A patentee obtains the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States, or importing the invention into the United States. If the invention is a process, the patentee obtains the right to exclude others from using, offering for sale, or selling throughout…

Patents and The Internet: Utility Patents
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Patents and The Internet: Utility Patents

Many inventions related to the Internet have been patented. Patents relating to electrical communication, data storage and retrieval, cryptography, information processing, and system organization are a few of the many Internet-related patents. A large portion of patent issues associated with the Internet are those surrounding software patents.

Patents and the Internet: Introduction, Deadlines & Patentability
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Patents and the Internet: Introduction, Deadlines & Patentability

The global proliferation of networked computers on the Internet has spawned explosive growth in patents in the United States and worldwide. The advent of the World Wide Web, e-commerce, and their associated technological advances has resulted in a multitude of innovative ideas worthy of the title “invention.”

Laws Surrounding Metatags: Using Metatags & Trademarks Online
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Laws Surrounding Metatags: Using Metatags & Trademarks Online

The metatag is a powerful browser tool for Internet advertising. The keyword portion of a metatag consists of hidden words that can be used to describe the contents of a web page. The metatags of a particular web site can be viewed by selecting the “view page source” or equivalent command in the web browser.

Copyright Infringement & the Internet: Minnesota File Sharing Laws
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Copyright Infringement & the Internet: Minnesota File Sharing Laws

Since the personal computer was developed, computer owners have traded files amongst themselves through a variety of means. With the advent of hard disk technology capable of downloading and storing large files, music files such as MP3s became one of the most popular subjects of file sharing.

Guava LLC v. Spencer Merkel – Minnesota Litigation
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Guava LLC v. Spencer Merkel – Minnesota Litigation

Guava LLC filed suit against Spencer Merkel alleging “interception of electronic communications and civil conspiracy, arising from unlawful computer breaches” in Minnesota’s District Court for the Fourth Judicial District, Hennepin County. The case number is 27-cv-12-20976 and the presiding judge is Tanya M. Bransford. Subpoenas have been issued to internet service providers requesting the personal…

The Unintended Consequence of Patent Law Reform
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The Unintended Consequence of Patent Law Reform

The sweeping reforms to U.S. patent law imposed by the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act of a year ago have created a significant increase in patent litigation despite reformers intentions to cut down the number of questionable patents issued by the USPTO and to reign in the activities of “patent trolls.” According to a study by…

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Minnesota Trademark Law Self Help Guide

What is a Trademark and the Three Types of Protection? A trademark protects words, phrases, names, sounds, logos, symbols, designs, or a combination of these elements used to identify or distinguish the goods and services of one company or individual from that of another. Trademarks should not be confused with copyrights. Copyright protects original artistic…

Minnesota Trademark Infringement Law: Historic Cases, Remedies & More
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Minnesota Trademark Infringement Law: Historic Cases, Remedies & More

Trademarks are one of the legal tools people use to protect their “intellectual property”—ideas, designs, inventions, and so on. In particular, trademarks protect any word, phrase, symbol, design, etc. used by a company to identify its products or services, and distinguish them from the products or services of others. The benefit of obtaining a trademark…