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Spotify seeks better definition in copyright infringement case

One of the results of many appeals court rulings, whether here in Texas or elsewhere, is better definitions for words and terms that arise during or contribute to litigation. For instance, in copyright infringement, one of the questions Spotify wants to ask an appeals court is what "exclusive rights" means? The company wants an answer since at least one lawsuit the company faces involves what it considers a questionable standing to sue.

Eight out of 10 companies experience trademark infringement

In the competitive global market of today, protecting intellectual property is crucial for every company, large and small. Intellectual property constantly faces the risk of infringement. This is especially true of trademarks. Even with legal protection, trademark infringement remains a major problem for many individuals and businesses. In fact, in 2018, eight in 10 companies suffered trademark infringement--and this statistic shows no sign of decreasing.

Entertainment lawyers offer more than securing copyrights

If you are one of the Texas residents who works in the entertainment industry, you may already diligently protect your creative works. By securing copyrights, you retain control over their use, receive royalties when you allow someone else to use them and go to court when necessary to protect them. You may use an entertainment lawyer to assist you in these tasks, but did you know that much more is covered by this area of law other than protecting your work through copyrights?

Texas entrepreneurs beware of trademark scams

Many Texas entrepreneurs understand the importance of protecting their intellectual property. In an age where social media feeds, smart televisions and the like seem to know what you have been looking for when it comes to advertisements, it may not surprise them when they receive an unsolicited notice regarding registering a trademark or renewing one. The problem is that some rely on this trusting nature and attempt to defraud unsuspecting individuals and businesses.


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