international business

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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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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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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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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Kuwait Under Fire Over Copyright issues

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com Kuwait is now subject to heightened scrutiny from the US Trade Representative as the country failed to implement better standards to improve its intellectual property regulation. The United States on Monday raised Kuwait higher on the list of countries to watch regarding potential breach of US trademark, copyright and intellectual property rights. The US trade representative said that Kuwait failed to align itself on international standards regarding its co

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Billionaire Richard Branson and Copyright – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #8

Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, has just sent a cease and desist letter to “I Am Not A Virgin,” a small New York eco-friendly denim label, claiming that the company’s name infringes on his copyright (Antunes). The small label was founded three years ago by Peter Heron and makes their garments from a blend of virgin cotton, and a variety of recycled materials, including plastic bottles, food packaging, and discarded X-Ray films. After holding his trademark for

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How to Use Photos without Violating Copyright Laws

Visual media has become instrumental in designing a website or posting in social media sites such as Pinterest and Facebook. But if you don’t own the photos you plan on using, how do you go about getting the photos your site needs? Grabbing pictures from Google images, off of other websites, or even assuming that you have the rights to photos of yourself or your business despite that it was taken by someone else are all common mistakes that violate copyright law, and if charged, you can be

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Sam Adams to Trademark “Brexit”

By Peter Falivene | Editor: Kristen Daly | www.amdlawgroup.com On June 24, 2016, the maker of Samuel Adams Boston Lager filed a trademark application with the Trademark Office for BREXIT in Class 033 for hard cider. This application was filed on an intent-to-use basis, foreshadowing that there will be a “BREXIT” cider coming out soon.  “BREXIT” is a combination of the words “Britain” and “exit” and is a term used to describe the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the E

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The Not So iLife of Apple

By Kathleen Melhorn | amdlawgroup.com With the entire hype surrounding apple, one would assume it was the only company to use the “i” before the name of the product it was selling. Unfortunately, this is not true in Brazil where Apple has been sued for using the term “iPhone”. Brazil is the largest Latin American country and Apple products are currently on the market there. However, other electronics companies are there as well. Among them is Gradiente, or iGB electronica, an electron

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