A Hidden (and Legal) Method for Tech Companies to Fund Their Friends’ Shadow Campaigns Against Strong IP Protections

Until recently, I did not really pay attention to class action lawsuits or settlement requirements. After all, I’m an intellectual property and technology lawyer. Class action litigation isn’t my thing.  Now I am really paying attention, and I’m following the money—closely. Here’s why…  The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to investigate a class action settlement in a case filed by search engine users who…

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A New Whiff of Privacy, California Style

Apparently how you smell is personal information (in California). With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of 2016 in force for about a month, California’s legislature was looking to up its game and “get tough” on its big, home-grown tech companies’ well-documented privacy faux pas. So on June 28,…

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EU Data Protection Laws: Why US Companies Should Care

After being introduced in April 2016, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially comes into enforcement effect today, replacing the existing EU Data Protection Directive. Although similar to the previous data protection law, the GDPR includes new and enhanced requirements aimed to protect the fundamental rights of natural…

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A Sad Day for Happy-Talk
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A Sad Day for Happy-Talk

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States recently held that the disparagement clause of federal trademark law violates the First Amendment. This disparagement clause refused federal trademark registration for trademarks that are likely to disparage people, institutions, or beliefs. All eight participating justices agreed that…

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