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December 2016 Archives

What does patent pending mean?

You may have seen the words “patent pending” on products you have bought in California. This is an official notice that the inventor of the product has filed a provisional patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It offers the same protections as a nonprovisional patent, but its protection is limited to a 12-month period.

How to recognize misappropriation

Most business owners in California have worked hard to start a company, acquire new customers and build a brand, but what happens when the foundation of the company is stolen? While the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines misappropriation as a verb meaning to appropriate wrongly by embezzlement or theft, it doesn't take a masked robber to snatch away the basis of a company's success; it can happen with trade secrets through a process known as misappropriation. Understanding what qualifies as misappropriation can be confusing.

Judge rules that copyright was infringed by “Jersey Boys”

Without creativity, the world would be a boring place but it is important for people in Sacramento to make sure they are not encroaching on someone else’s ideas or stories. Doing so can land them in the middle of a lawsuit where they will have to defend their work and prove it is entirely their own. If people know that they are using another person’s story or work, they should take steps to obtain permission from the owner of that information, preferably in writing.

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