international business


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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A War Over Speakers

By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com THX Ltd., a company founded by the producer of “Star Wars,” George Lucas is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company claims that Apple stole their speaker system. This speaker system is currently being used in iPhones, iPads, and iMac Apple products. According to a complaint that was filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California, THX holds a patent concerning the speaker unit as of 2008. This speaker unit can boost sound output as i

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DAIMLER BUYS INTO AGUSTA AS MOTORBIKE AND CAR TECH CONVERGE

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com Daimler AG (Mercedes) will buy 25 percent of Italian motorcycle maker Agusta, legendary in the motorcycling field  for  having won at least 75 world championship rider and constructor titles. Daimler said that it would buy the stake via its Mercedes-AMG  performance car unit and seat on Agusta  board. Daimler does not disclose the financial terms of the deal only that it is part of a broader cooperation deal  which will focus on marketing and sales. Howeve

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My Interest in Patent Protection as a Legal Professional

[caption id="attachment_5363" align="alignleft" width="150"] Vacuum Cleaner Patent Drawing[/caption] By Tikwiza Nkowane|www.amdlawgroup.com When you come across something you are interested in what do you do?  For me, I research the topic to find out more as it leads to expanding my knowledge, understanding, and interest.  This is exactly what happened when I researched the law regarding patents, what defines a patent and why it is important to get protection for your inventions. My f

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Apple doesn’t make the same mistake twice (Kathleen Melhorn, Staff Writer)

Instead of facing infringement charges or risking winding up in court again, Apple filed seven trademarks this week. The patents Apple filed would protect the application icons in the new iPod Nano device coming out soon. A website called “Patently Apple” which focuses solely around Apple’s inventions, breaks down the entire file for the trademarks. Viewers are able to see all details down to the colors that they would like to own for the application icons. This effort to clear up an

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Twitter Changes its Copyright Policy

Twitter has made a significant change in its copyright policy, deciding to “withhold” tweets that receive a copyright complaint. The original tweet will be replaced with a message that reads, “This Tweet from @Username has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.” The message also includes a link to Twitter’s “Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy” page.  Twitter used to completely delete tweets without explanation, but now users can resp

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Getting a Trademark for a “Controversial” Name

By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com It is important to trademark your name, especially when it is your band’s name, and this is exactly what this Asian rock group is attempting to do. Except the rock group is trying to trademark the name, “The Slants.” The band tried to trademark the name over three years ago, and has since been fighting to get it officially trademarked. The band is hoping that they might be able to find a federal court that will not classify the name as being, “racist

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Market Segmentation and Intellectual Property

Why Having an Intellectual Property Strategy is Important Intellectual property is a very important resource, and it is no surprise Forbes Magazine has called it among the most important resources in the 21st century. Despite what product or service a business makes or provides, intellectual property is being created and used in some way. Whether it be a trademark or confidential information, it is important for a business to protect its intellectual property. Businesses that pursue market

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Norwegian Men’s Underwear Company Trademark Too “Vulgar”?

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com The brand under investigation “Comfyballs”, established in Scandinavia in 2013 has been since expanding in Australia, New Zealand and UK. “Comfyballs” uses a design called PackageFront, which is supposed to reduce heat transfer and enable freer movements. The Norwegian brand was planning to release its product onto the US market this year but the USPTO has denied the company's application to register the trademark in the US judging the name “vulgar”.

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Unexpected Win by Facebook in China

By Heba Munir | Editor: Kristen Daly | www.amdlawgroup.com Modern society has become extremely dependent on social media, allowing it to consume and impact people’s everyday lives. Now, imagine a society where social media is restricted in order for the government to limit speech and awareness on issues within that respected society. There is a glaring juxtaposition between a society that has restricted social media and a society that is liberated from that constraint. With such freedom

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International Takedown Request not Working – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #4

Despite the ever increasing amount of takedown request from copyright holders, piracy still rages onward (Peoples). The 2012 numbers however are predicted to blow away 2011’s. So far, the 2012 numbers have surpassed 2011’s, and have even been projected to surpass 12 million (Peoples). In the United States, takedown numbers are similarly large. In just the past month, 1,600 copyright holders have requested that Google remove over 2.5 million URL’s from 26,777 domains from their se

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International Corporate Compliance Support – Case Study #1

  “KDBM Publishing” (a fictitious company) has recently expanded its business in Hong Kong, China. There, they face higher printing costs than back home in the United States. Members of KDBM have offered payment to local government officials in China to try and get discounted printing prices. This action constitutes bribery, and is in direct violation of the FCPA, or the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The FCPA conceptually falls under a larger legal issue known as Corporate Compliance.

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