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Unlike other branches of intellectual property law, where the rights lapse after a span of time, trademark registrations are valuable because they can last indefinitely, so long as they continue to be used in commerce as a distinctive brand to distinguish a client’s goods and services. A federal trademark registration is required to take down social media infringers, combat counterfeiters and sell a client’s wares in an Amazon seller store. A registration can be helpful when seeking an investment for any start-up or new business, writing cease and desist letters or suing infringers. It significantly increases the value of any license agreement and initial public stock offering, or when it’s time to securitize a portfolio or sell the business.
By Stan Soocher
In December 2018, China-based titan Tencent Music Entertainment launched a U.S. initial public offering (IPO). But the IPO resulted in an investor’s class action suit alleging TME violated federal securities laws. This is part of a trend of increasing such securities suits against foreign companies, though the U.S.
By Michael A. Mora and Alaina Lancaster
The latest cryptocurrency craze has litigators closely watching from the sidelines. Buyers of digital non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are ready to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes more, but when disputes start to hit the scene, litigators said there is little to no case law as precedent.
By Scott Graham
Google didn’t get an answer from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the Java Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) it copied from Sun Microsystems were copyrightable. But it got just about everything else it could have hoped for in a decision that ended its 11-year copyright clash with Sun's successor, Oracle.
By Tom McParland
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued decisions in two closely watched copyright fair use cases involving photographs. In the…