international business

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

Continue reading


[The Forefront of Fashion Law] On-the-spot Report of 4th Annual Fashion Law Symposium

By Sindy Wenjin Ding | amdlawgroup.com The Fashion Law Institute’s 4th Annual Symposium entitled “The spectrum of Style” was held in Fordham Law School in New York on Apr 4. I attended the symposium as a Fashion Law practitioner at AMD LAW, as well as a Fordham Law alumna. The Symposium owns high regards in fashion law industry nationwide, and as expected, it attracted many serious fashion law experts, partners in notable firms, executives from various departments and companies, fashi

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading


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

Continue reading


Sign Up to Newsletter