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Imported, Indeed. Made in USA Foundation Confronts Automotive False Advertising

Insights October 11, 2011

Yesterday, The Made in the USA Foundation (Foundation) filed two petitions with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  The petitions requested that the FTC issue complaints, one against Chrysler (here) and the other against Ford (here), both for falsely advertising that certain automobiles they manufacture are made in the U.S. when they in fact are not. According to its website: The Made…

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Geekview IP week(s) Review

Insights October 9, 2011

CA Water District’s new domain names unfairly drown out Central Basin Municipal Water District.            It’s no mystery that California is experiencing a water crisis.  Apparently the crisis has grown so bad that one public agency resorted to diverting internet traffic away from another.  The Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) issued a press release on September 29, 2011 stating that…

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Apple Tribute Infringement?

Insights October 7, 2011

On October 5, 2011 Steve Jobs died and the world lost a great man. In honor, one of my tech friends, Eric Greenspan of Make It Work, posted the above image to his Facebook page yesterday afternoon, which I immediately “Liked.”  (Eric also took part in a moving HuffPost Tribute to Steve Jobs, which can be seen here).  Let me correct myself; I immediately loved this image. …

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Apple Denied! TTAB Upholds Refusal to Register MULTI-TOUCH

Insights September 28, 2011

          Apple is known for innovation.  Above on the left is Apple’s revolutionary touch-screen device.  Above on the right is a portion of the patent for this device.  Apple’s introduced the iPhone on January 9, 2007 (has it only been five years?).  On the very same day, it filed a federal trademark registration application for MULTI-TOUCH. …

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Amazon Mysteriously Postpones Offensive Against California Sales Tax

Insights September 26, 2011

On June 28, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed an amendment to the California tax code which would impose on large Internet retailers the obligation to collect sales tax (technically “use” tax – but for our purposes, it’s equivalent to sales tax) from California customers. Initially, Amazon took the battle to a new level…

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Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 2 (Ethical Rules)

CLE Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 2 (Ethical Rules) Yaacov P. Silberman · August 30, 2011

In my previous blog post, I provided a brief overview of cloud computing and how it is used by lawyers. I noted that its use is expanding beyond virtual law firms and alternative law firms to include Big Law, too, even including AmLaw 100 law firms. In this post, I will discuss some of the main ethical issues…

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What do Tech Investors Want?

Insights August 22, 2011

Last week, Google announced its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility, effecting a vertical integration from the Android operating system into hardware.  Investors responded by shaving roughly 13% off Google’s value—roughly twice as much as the NASDAQ lost and three times as much as the Dow. A few days later, HP announced its plans to shed its PC…

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Legal Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 1 (What is Cloud Computing?)

CLE Legal Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 1 (What is Cloud Computing?) Yaacov P. Silberman · August 19, 2011

Understanding Cloud Computing and It’s Use by Lawyers The use of cloud-computing technologies and other virtual law tech by lawyers and law firms is on an upward trend. Not only are alternative law firms or virtual law firms leveraging this technology, but Big Law is also jumping into the fray, with many conventional law firms including AmLaw 100 firms taking advantage. Click here…

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Have an Idea? What about a Patent?

Insights August 17, 2011

I’m a patent attorney. As a result, I get a lot of questions from people about patents. Questions like: “Do you think this idea is patentable?”; “Do I need to hire an attorney?”; or “How much will it cost to file a patent?” I’ve always enjoyed interacting with inventors. They are often very excited about…

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Google and Motorola: Concentrating Attention on Concentrated Power

Insights August 16, 2011

Google is one of the worlds most intriguing companies.  From its humble beginnings as a search engine company, Google has leveraged its mastery of the elusive formula for monetizing web traffic into a force capable of tangling with China—making it considerably stronger than our own State Department by some measures.  Its recent announcement that it plans to acquire Motorola Mobile makes…

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