international business

Twitter Law & Ethics, Kim Kardashian Style

By Kathleen Melhorn | amdlawgroup.com       10,000 dollars is an awful lot of money to get for composing a 140 character tweet. Class A Celebrity Kim Kardashian is reported to receive this amount from companies who need marketing for their products. Kim is not the only one who has been caught tweeting for cash, other stars like 50 Cent & Snoop Dogg do it as well. What are the ethics involved with tweeting for money? Is this practice considered unethical

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Corporate Responsibility: B-Corp Better Benefit for Businesses

By Brandon McCoy and Whitney Francisco | www.amdlawgroup.com What are 26 states, including D.C., doing that is changing the business world as we know it? How are these states capitalizing on one of the largest entrepreneurial and business booms of this decade? Everyone is familiar with the three, most prevalent, kinds of corporations in the U.S. They are the C Corporation; the S Corporation, and the Limited Liability Company also known as the LLC. But what if I told you that 26 states, includ

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What is Cyber-Squatting?

By Francisco Martinez | www.amdlawgroup.com What cybersquatting is and how to combat it is something all modern-day trademark holders need to understand, especially with the continued global expansion of the internet. Simply put, cybersquatting is when a domain name is registered for trademark, often a well-known mark, by someone other than the owner of the trademark who intends to abuse or misuse the domain name, usually for monetary gain. It was such a rampant problem during the 1990

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Domain Names: Registration, Maintain and Monitor

By Kathy Stewart  | amdlawgroup.com To introduce one to domain names and domain registration, one must begin with a basic understanding of the World Wide Web, in particular websites. Every computer on the Internet has an Internet protocol or IP address, which is a unique string of four numbers separated by periods, such as 165.166.0.2. Since remembering the IP address of Websites would be nearly impossible, a domain name system was created to replace the length of IP address thereby assigning

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What’s Harming the Fashion Industry

By Gloria Han|www.amdlawgroup.com Why should a company protect its brand name? There is a multitude of reasons to register one’s trademark in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. One of the reasons is to stop others from copying your product and selling it as their own. To raise awareness of the harms the counterfeit market inflicts onto the fashion industry, New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology opened a new exhibit “Faking It”. Counterfeit items represent abou

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Why Data Protection is an Important Issue for International Business

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com With this Internet and digital era, information travels remarkably fast across the globe. In an international business context, the way information travels can be problematic for large or small companies doing business in several geographic areas. The risk for companies of losing information to competitors is high. Now, schools are offering courses for cybersecurity. Companies invest large sum of money in order to preserve their data. Data protection is a crit

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What U.S.-based Organizations Need to Know about Export Administration Regulations

Exporting your goods to other countries can be complicated, but to make sure your exports are successfully delivered to your international market, you need to be aware of one of many regulations: the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). EAR are issued by the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. These regulations are issued under laws regulating exports, re-exports, and other trade activities. The EAR also contains an anti-boycott law, forb

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What is the definition of a “Born Global” firm? International Business Law – Case Study #2

The definition of a born global firm is “a business organization that, from inception, seeks to derive significant competitive advantage from the use of resources and the sale of outputs in multiple countries.” Many companies go global, but that does not make them born global firms. What distinguishes born global firms from the rest of international organizations is that they originate internationally. Born global firms, from their beginnings, have a global focus and commit their resources t

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Cow Urine: Just Another Bodily Fluid or India’s Next Chance to Pushback Against Big Pharma?

By Kristen Daly | www.amdlawgroup.com In Hinduism and in India itself, thanks in part to the current ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, cows are considered sacred animals. However, the significance of the cow dramatically increased at the turn of the twenty-first century when the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party, endorsed the use of cow-urine as treatment for infections, diabetes, cancer and DNA damage.[1] Unlike the Intellectual Property Law

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How Facebook Opened a Door That Was Already Open

By Aurelia Mitchell Durant After remaining noticeably silent in a social media world of extreme noise, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg commented on the data breach issues plaguing the social media platform and its handling of user data relative to Cambridge Analytica. On March 21, 2018, in a televised interview on CNN, Zuckerberg apologized for the breach of trust and acknowledged the responsibility to safeguard the user data of the upwards of 2 billion people that use the platform.  The po

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McDonald’s Brings a Super Sized Objection to Supermac’s Trademark Registration Attempts

Kelsey Laugel | www.amdlawgroup.com Contrary to popular belief, it is not always the big companies that win intellectual property lawsuits. Even with excessive amounts of money at their disposal and employees to rigorously seek out potential infringement on their behalf, the big chains of the world sometimes lose to the little guy. In fact, this is exactly what happened in a fairly recent case in which McDonald’s sued McCurry, a restaurant in Malaysia that serves Indian food and seems to be

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People must LIKE to sue Facebook

By Kathleen Melhorn | amdlawgroup.com             For the umpteenth time, Facebook is facing copyright infringement charges this week. After a Dutch family realized Facebook had very similar features to the invention made by their deceased kin, a lawsuit was issued. A  Dutch programmer by the name of Jos Van Der Meer made a program that was much like a “social diary” and linked content from third party sites. He was also granted a patent for this feature in 1998, long before Fac

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Gucci and Trademark – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #5

The Gucci Group has just won a lawsuit against two members of their very own family for trademark infringement. The world famous luxury goods seller have barred Guccio and Alessandro Gucci, brothers and great grandsons of the label’s founder,  Guccio Gucci,  from using the names “Gucci” and “Guccio Gucci” as part of their marketing strategies for their company, ToBeG. A judge in Florence has ruled that the use of the family names takes unfair advantage of Gucci’s preexisting bra

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