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Tom Petty and Sam Smith Settle Intellectual Property Dispute

Twenty-two-year-old English musician Sam Smith accidentally infringed on the intellectual property (IP­) of the legendary American musician Tom Petty. Smith alleged that he had never heard of Petty’s 1989 song I Won’t Back Down when he wrote the melodically similar song Stay With Me, which was recently Grammy-nominated. The music industry is prone to all kinds of business litigation, because

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Jimmy John’s Unique Non-Compete Agreement

Generally, a company will have its upper management employees sign a non-compete agreement, but will not require the same of lower level employees. However, the sandwich chain Jimmy John’s has decided to go its own direction with its non-compete agreement, which has caused some controversy. New hires, whether they are an executive or a sandwich maker,

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Why Would a Company File a Trade Secret Lawsuit Against Its Former Employees?

Gillette has filed a trade secrets lawsuit against four of its former employees, all of which are employees of ShaveLogic. Gillette argues that ShaveLogic was given trade secrets by these former employees, who have breached their contract with Gillette by doing so. Trade secrets are an integral part of why a business succeeds. As such, other companies will sometimes

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What Can We Learn From The Apple Lawsuit Over Affirmative Misrepresentation?

A United States District Judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., because the plaintiffs failed to deliver strong enough proof that Apple made affirmative misrepresentations. The plaintiffs had accused Apple of selling computers with defects, while billing the laptops as the “most advanced” computers on sale. The judge found that the computers

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What Can We Learn From The Apple Lawsuit Over Affirmative Misrepresentation?

A United States District Judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., because the plaintiffs failed to deliver strong enough proof that Apple made affirmative misrepresentations. The plaintiffs had accused Apple of selling computers with defects, while billing the laptops as the “most advanced” computers on sale. The judge found that the computers

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Can Selling Mixtapes Lead to a Copyright Lawsuit?

Various companies are in legal trouble for selling mixtapes to the family and friends of inmates in correctional facilities. Universal Music has decided to crack down on this industry, which market mixtapes as “care packages.” Many well-known artists such as James Brown and Eminem have been mentioned in the complaint sent to a California federal

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Can Unfair Competition and Breach of Contract Lawsuits Be Revived?

An old lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been revived in California by a U.S. District Court judge. A class action involving 10 plaintiffs is now able to continue after waiting for a period of five years. The tobacco company is being accused of a breach of contract, deceptive practices and unfair competition, because of a

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How Can Scamming Infringe on a Trademark?

Microsoft has sued two technical support companies, Customer Focus Services and Anytime Techies, on the assertion of multiple trademark infringements. More specifically, Microsoft is attempting to fight against supposed tech support scams that it claims are tricking customers into paying for technical help by claiming affiliation with Microsoft. The tech support companies are accused of convincing

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Angry Birds Lawsuit A Lesson In Intellectual Property Rights

Juli Adams, the creator of the plush pet toys “Angry Birds,” filed a lawsuit after The Hartz Mountain Company sold her intellectual property to Rovio Entertainment, a video game company. Adams had originally designed her toys for Hartz. Adams claims that she has the trademark for “Angry Birds,” while Hartz claims that it has the rights to her designs

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Jameson Irish Whiskey Trademark Lawsuit Settled

A name dispute has been settled between Jamieson Ranch Vineyards of California and the more famous Jameson Irish Whiskey. The legal battle over their similar names was dropped when Jamieson convinced Jameson that it had no plans to ever make spirits. The case originated in February when Jameson sent Jameison a cease-and-desist order. The Irish

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