international business

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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Tadashi: How Fashion Labels Gain Global Popularity

Gloria Han | www.amdlawgroup.com Tadashi Yani, who became the second richest man in Japan, founded the relatively new Japanese brand Uniqlo. There are more than 1,500 stores around the world; New York’s Fifth Avenue Uniqlo store encounters 6,000 customers daily and each customer buys an average of four items. How did Uniqlo’s fashion label rise to the top in such a short period of time? Many fashion companies focus on the high fashion runway trends and translate them into affordable versi

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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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Quick Refresher on Copyright Protection

By Tikwiza Nkowane|www.amdlawgroup.com A copyright defined as “a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for "original works of authorship", including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations.” As with all rights of protection, it is important to know whether an existing copyright exists.   How do you search for existing copyrights through copyright.go

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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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Protecting Your Invention Internationally: More Possible Than Ever Before

By Jon Fiebelkorn | www.amdlawgroup.com In today’s global marketplace, it’s hard for an entrepreneur with a great idea to know whether their idea will be protected when the economy drives it from one country to the next. The amount of regulations involved and the language barriers can be daunting, and sometimes the paperwork can be very confusing. Fortunately, some measures exist that make it easier for modern inventors to market their products in many different countries. The Patent Coop

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Doing Business in China

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com When conducting business in China, it’s important to maintain certain etiquette not only to be respectful of who you’re working with but also to ensure that the business relationship thrives. In China, certain qualities are highly valued: saving face, respect for elders and ranking, modesty, loyalty, and patience. When conducting business, it is important to send someone of high rank; otherwise, it could be seen as an insult. When entering a meeting,

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