Monthly Archives: April 2016

FDA Announces it Will Begin Testing for Glyphosate in Food Products

In February 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced that for the first time it will begin testing food products sold in the U.S. for glyphosate residue. Glyphosate is the active ingredient used in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. According to a Newsweek story on the FDA’s announcement, glyphosate is widely used on American farms, and is

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Protecting Intellectual Property Abroad

As this blog has discussed on numerous occasions, your company’s intellectual property is one of its primary assets. Protecting that intellectual property is critically important. With the increasing globalization of the economy, however, you must take steps to protect your intellectual property rights internationally as well as at home. A U.S. patent or trademark registration

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What Constitutes a “Likelihood of Infringement” in a Trademark Case?

In September of 2015, according to this report from Business Insider, sportswear manufacturer Adidas filed suit against its rival Skechers alleging trademark infringement of one of Adidas’s iconic sneaker designs.  Adidas alleged that Skechers’ Onix shoe impermissibly copies the design of Adidas’s Stan Smith model, made famous in the 1960’s by renowned tennis player Stan

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Copyright Basics

What Kinds of Materials can be Copyrighted? Under the copyright statute, an author or creator can register the following kinds of works for protection: Literary works; Musical works (including any accompanying words); Dramatic works (including any accompanying music); Pantomimes and choreographic works; Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works; Movies and other audiovisual works (such as television);

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2015: A Big Year for Mergers

According to a report from Bloomberg Business, 2015 was the biggest year ever for mergers and acquisitions. Bloomberg says that buyers spent a record $3.8 trillion on mergers, and experts expect the floodgates to remain open in 2016. Looking Back and Looking Ahead Last year’s stunning amount spent on mergers surpassed the previous record, set

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Grocery Startups Struggle With Delivery Costs

San Francisco-based grocery delivery startup Instacart is one of a slew of new delivery services hoping to revolutionize the way we shop for groceries. Others include Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Peapod. Google’s new service, Google Express, is even getting into the act, delivering fresh groceries in parts of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Now, the

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An Introduction to Business Entities

If you are starting your own business, you have a variety of choices about what form your business should take. Would a corporation be the most beneficial? An LLC? A partnership?  Read on for an introduction to the various business entities that can be formed under California law. Corporation A corporation (sometimes referred to as

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Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Under California Law

Trade secrets are an important part of any business’s intellectual property. When such secrets are compromised, the damages can be enormous. Misappropriation of trade secrets is considered a form of unfair competition justifying a legal claim against the misappropriator. What is a Trade Secret? California, like most other states and the District of Columbia, has

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Former Employee Sues Yahoo for Gender Discrimination and WARN Act Violations

Claims of gender bias in the tech world are not new. In a twist on the usual story, however,  a former Yahoo employee recently sued the company for favoring women and discriminating against men. As reported in a Los Angeles Times article, plaintiff Gregory Anderson alleges that his recent termination in a company reduction in

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