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Now that marijuana has been approved for recreational purposes in states such as Arizona, edible cannabis companies are creating products and trying to be creative. However, some are copying established candy brands. Their look and feel. This is not cute, funny, or creative, but those companies are in fact violating long-standing trademarks. They can be sued. Big time. We explain. Brands, Trademarks and Packaging Some marijuana companies are packing edibles in wrappers that resemble candies… The post Some Marijuana Companies Violating Candy Trademarks appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Attorney Marcos E. Garciaacosta has been fighting false TV piracy lawsuits against powerful opponents. Most bars, restaurants, barbers, and salon owners are not knowledgeable about copyrights, TV piracy, or intellectual property rights. Especially immigrant-led businesses in small strip malls. This lack of IP law knowledge makes them the target of unscrupulous firms. You can read about our actions fighting false TV piracy lawsuits following links here and here Tool Kit Download the took kit here.… The post How to Avoid TV Piracy Lawsuits-Tool Kit for Restaurants and Bars appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Most people do not know, but intellectual property theft is real. The general public needs to know private investigators protect owners against IP theft. Even the US government gets involved in IP protection. What is Intellectual Property Theft? The FBI states Intellectual property theft involves robbing persons or companies of their ideas, inventions, and/or creative expressions. The concept may be a little vague because there are several types of intellectual property: Those types of intellectual… The post 3 Ways to Get Sued for Intellectual Property Theft appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Some legal documents are too important to ignore. One of those is an Operating Agreement. This is especially important for a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) with more than one owner. Basically, this document will be like a prenuptial agreement. Why? Creating a business with a partner or partners is just like marriage: You may enter this relationship hoping for the best but a written OA will be preparing you for the worst, aiming to protect… The post Operating Agreements: Just Like a Prenup for Your Business appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Independently of the size of their business, owners must pay attention to the trademark basics. Many business owners dedicate efforts and money to branding, but without the trademark protection, others can steal the brand. Without careful research, your branding may be infringing on other’s property. Here are the Trademark Basics. Trademarks are identifiers of your company, product, or service. These identifiers can be a logo, a name, or a slogan. For example, when you buy… The post What to Know Now: Trademarks 101 appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Like so many others in this pandemic time, I’m seeking stories on Netflix. Last week I found “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” For those who do not know, Walter Mercado was iconic. He was a popular, flamboyant astrologer who entertained homemakers and grandmas on Hispanic TV. Since his show was broadcasted through UNIVISION, he was able to reach millions of Spanish speakers every day. His show was watched in the USA, Latin… The post How Walter Mercado Almost Lost His Trademarks and IP Forever appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will implement new fees in many of its services, including the filing of Trademarks. The new fees start on January 2nd, 2021. This means that you still have a window of opportunity to pay for trademarks at 2020 prices. “There have been several years without any increase in fees. The new fee increases are not a total surprise”, said trademark and business attorney Marcos E. Garciaacosta. “The work of the trademark examiners is pretty in-depth, There are costs associated with their efforts”. “It is important to note that USPTO is the…
New monetary instruments such as Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies are attracting investors. However, they are also fertile ground for frauds or scams. What are cryptocurrencies? Cryptocurrency is digital money. There is no physical thing representing it. It is mostly used to avoid banks and regulatory agencies. Cryptocurrencies do not have the same protection as the US dollar. Examples of cryptocurrencies are Bitcoins, Etherum, Litecoin, and others. In addition, these new instruments can be very volatile.… The post Cryptocurrency: Beware of Frauds and Scams appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Filing the paperwork to start a business in the USA is relatively easy. Future business owners have a menu of options that includes LLCs, C-corps, etc. to consider. This is a painless process most of the time. However, business owners need to know the different obligations that regulatory agencies impose when creating a legal entity. Limited Liability Corporations or LLCs The easiest way to start a business is by creating a Limited Liability Corporation or… The post LLC or C-Corp. Which is the Best to Start a Business? appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
For many creators in the USA, defending their copyrights against violators on the internet is frustrating, especially from sites abroad. However, a USA appellate court ruled against copyright violators from Russia. Certainly, some countries do not defend copyrights or other forms of intellectual property as the USA does. So this may be an encouraging news for creators. On June 26, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion on the case UGM Recordings, Inc. v. Kurbanov. In this ruling, the Court held a Russian based internet site subject to personal Jurisdiction in the…
This time we are writing this blog about something close to home. The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), the governing body for Arizona State University (ASU), issued a federal lawsuit against the owner of the social media account “asu_covid.parties”. This individual claimed to organize “COVID parties”. The lawsuit is also against the social media platform Facebook. The account was originally created in Instagram. Facebook is Instagram’s parent company. The account had 23 posts and 970 followers before it was removed. COVID Parties What is a COVID party? Some have reported young people organizing parties without social distancing and face masks.…