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Get It in Writing! Dale Chihuly Copyright Case Reveals Pitfalls of Oral Agreements

If the three rules of real estate are location, location, location, the three rules of copyright protection should be: get it in writing, get it in writing, get it in writing.  A recent copyright case against the famed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly illustrates the pitfalls of failing to document the relationship of parties creating copyrightable works.  For decades Chihuly has created enormous glass...

Trademark Basics for Beginners

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Trademark Office Not High on Marijuana Trademarks

The rapid growth of the legal marijuana and cannabis industries has created a wide range of opportunities and challenges for lawyers advising clients developing businesses in that space. From challenges shipping products to land use issues to the inability to use traditional banks, cannabis entrepreneurs and their attorneys have had to invent creative solutions to problems that most businesses never face. The...

Be the Master of Your Domain

A new client recently engaged our firm to handle an increasingly common problem:  someone had registered a domain name that was almost identical to the client’s own website.  The only difference between the client’s domain and the fake site was an “S” in the domain name, making it plural rather than singular.  The imposter site used the name of the client’s business and featured...

Rafael Nadal is Better at Clay Court Tennis than Anyone Else is at Anything

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal won his record-extending eleventh French Open tennis championship, and his 17th Grand Slam title overall.  To put this in some perspective, Roger Federer, Nadal’s greatest rival, has the second-most title at a single Grand Slam tournament with eight Wimbledon titles.  Nadal’s dominance in Paris is unprecedented:  since his debut in 2005, he has won 11 of the 14 French Opens...

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