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USPTO Program Lets Trademark Rights Adapt as Technology Evolves

A USPTO program available this fall allows owners to amend their trademark registrations in cases where the goods or services originally identified with their marks have become obsolete and are no longer marketed and newer technologies have emerged. This pilot program, which was initiated on September 1st, may be particularly helpful, for example, to companies…
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Three Reasons Why Your Website Privacy Policy May Need Revamping

When launching a website, most small businesses treat their privacy policies as an afterthought. However, a privacy policy that meets any of the descriptions below may need revamping, or else your business could be vulnerable to regulatory fines or in some cases even litigation. 1. Your Privacy Policy is Incomplete, Inaccurate, and Unclear The purpose…
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Bikram Requests Extension to Consider Rehearing of Yoga Copyright Case

Bikram's appellate counsel has asked the 9th Circuit for an extension of time to consider whether to file for a rehearing in his yoga copyright case. Apparently the self-proclaimed yoga guru intends to seek another bite of the apple and possibly file a Petition for Panel Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc in a bid to overturn…
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Four Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make When Starting Out

In the rush of starting a business, many owners overlook or give short shrift to the critical issues listed below, which can affect the viability of their business or worse, (in the case of unsecured IP) scuttle it before there is a chance to flourish. With a little bit of planning and foresight, small business…
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