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February 2020 Archives

Apple couldn't get past patent law at the U.S. Supreme Court

Anytime California residents use "VPN on demand" or FaceTime on their iPhones or iPads, they are using technology that the courts say doesn't belong to Apple. VirnetX began patent law litigation against Apple back in 2010 alleging the smartphone giant infringed upon its patents for these technologies. Since that time, the case has made its way all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The internet continues to be a source of copyright infringement

Has it really been 15 years since two men registered a website called YouTube? The site exploded on the internet in recent years as more people here in California and around the world found a way to earn a living uploading content for others to watch. According to the CEO Susan Wojcicki, the number of content creators with at least 100,000 subscribers grew 40% in the last year. Those creators earn five figures a year, which makes YouTube big business for a lot of people.

Trade secrets are at the center of Hershey litigation

For businesses here in Sacramento and elsewhere to remain competitive in the market, it is often necessary to closely guard some, if not all, aspects of the business. Keeping certain information confidential helps ensure that no one else discovers it. Trade secrets may not come with the same protections as patents or copyrights, but they also do not require the information to be divulged. Even large companies with patents, such as the Hershey Co., may also have some trade secrets.

The downside of copyright law: not everything is protected

Business owners, authors, musicians and others who create books, music and other written works ought to consider protecting them as often as possible. Many people here in California and elsewhere do take advantage of the protections gained from copyrighting their materials in order to keep others from using them without permission. Even so, copyright law does have its limitations.

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