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Hollywood Age Discrimination Law on the Ropes After Recent Decision

A recent decision by a federal court in California has called into question the constitutionality of a state law aimed at preventing age discrimination in the entertainment industry. In, Inc. v. Becerra, the online film and entertainment website IMDb won a preliminary injunction request allowing it to continue listing actors’ ages in their online…
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More Stringent Trademark Registration Maintenance Rules Coming Soon

Starting on February 17, 2017 (that's this Friday folks) USPTO trademark examiners will have the ability to request additional evidence of continued use of registered trademarks when maintenance filings cross their desks. After a trademark is registered, owners must make periodic filings with the USPTO to maintain their registrations, specifically at the 5 and 10-year…
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New “MyUSPTO” Portal Gives Trademark Registration a Boost

I was pleasantly surprised when I recently went to the USPTO website and found a new portal called "MyUSPTO." The portal allows a user to create an account and then store payment information and even import previous registrations filed. The ability to import previously filed registrations is a real boon because it allows users to…
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Four Legal Issues Facing Small Business Websites in 2017

As the new year unfolds, small business owners face four legal issues that could affect their websites and ultimately their bottom line in 2017. Here is a list of the biggest problems on the horizon, and some solutions: Communications Decency Act Section 230 Problem: Accusations of Republication of False, Misleading, Defamatory, or Unlawful Content on…
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