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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What You Need to Know About Tariffs and International Trade

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com Tariffs have been a touchy issue in global economics for hundreds of years. Simply, tariffs are taxes on imported goods. If the United States taxed coffee beans coming in from Colombia, that tax would be a tariff. They are mainly a device to protect domestic industries so as to encourage companies to purchase goods between each other, helping the national economy grow without giving any business to foreign enterprises. In the last few decades, tariffs have

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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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Getting Out of the Weeds: Why Cannabis Products Can Be Patented but not Trademarked

By Gabrielle Sherwood|www.amdlawgroup.com Cannabis: patentable but not trademarkable Cannabis is legal for recreational or medicinal use in almost 30 states, and this number is likely to grow. However, cannabis remains illegal under federal law. As a result, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will not register trademarks for retailers of cannabis, or for products that contain cannabis. However, what is especially interesting is that the USPTO will grant patents involv

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Resale of Books and Copyright Law being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday October 29, 2012, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments of a copyright infringement case dealing with whether or not copyrighted goods made outside the United States can be resold in the U.S. without first attaining permission from the copyright holder. The case has garnered the attention of such companies as eBay and Google, who have stated that a person should have the right to sell an item that they have purchased regardless of where it was made. Publisher John Wiley &a

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Kaught Red Handed: Kardashians Sued for Stolen Name

By Kathleen Melhorn | amdlawgroup.com   After adding an H in “Kroma”, the Kardashians are facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over their new line of beauty products. In fact, a judge ruled that all of the products be removed from over 5,000 retail stores because of the brand theft. The sisters are facing a serious battle considering how deliberate the stealing of the name looks. The original Kroma products, created by Lee Tillet over 12 years ago, have been patented by t

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Nestle Loses Battle to Trademark the “Kit-Kat” Design in the U.K.

Kelsey Laugel | www.amdlawgroup.com  The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) advised the European Court that Nestlé’s attempts to trademark the Kit Kat’s distinctive four-fingered shape does not comply with EU law. This opinion is likely to effectively end Nestlé’s attempts to trademark the shape of the candy as European Court judges usually follow the opinions of advocate generals. This is merely the latest setback for Nestlé in a continuous battl

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Even Grumpy Cat Needs a Trademark

By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com Fans and people at the South by Southwest Conference have been lined up for hours to see the recent feline internet sensation, Grumpy Cat. Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce. However, her “cat celebrity name” if you will is Grumpy Cat, and this is exactly what her owners have chosen to file for U.S. trademark protection over. They have wasted no time in protecting Grumpy Cat’s intellectual property rights. Ironically, the cat is very sweet-tem

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Doing Business in France

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com Located in the heart of Europe and third in the world in attracting foreign direct investments, France could prove to be a strategically good choice for expanding your business. France is one of the Eurozone countries that coped better with the financial crisis thanks, among other measures, to its support to international trade and foreign investments. The amount of red tape and the administrative formalities that a foreign company has to comply with in o

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Doing Business in Brazil

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Brazil has also become a manufacturing center which means that exporting and importing can be a lucrative business. The Brazilian government heavily encourages business entrepreneurship and investments in the country. Brazil could be an obvious choice for companies to do business, however, there are many factors to consider and requirements in order to do proper business conduct in the country. A

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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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