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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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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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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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A Primer: Business Market Segmentation and Intellectual Property

Market Segmentation and Intellectual Property Many businesses today take part in market segmentation, a practice of separating consumers based on their likes and needs. This allows the business to target products to particular groups of consumers, allowing for the maximization of sales. Market segmentation permits businesses to better understand and satisfy their customers by not treating all customers the same. Different customers have different needs, and therefore it is not as profitable t

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Apple Gets Baked With Lawsuit…Again

By Kathleen Melhorn| amdlawgroup.com   A popular audio company by the name of THX is filing a lawsuit against the multinational electronics corporation for creating a speaker that has already been patented. THX created what they call the “Slot Speaker” back in the early 2000’s, and proceeded to patent the unique design which allows the speaker to be covered in the front, and the sound to come out of the side. Apple’s newest iMacs, iPhones, and iPads contain the technology that THX hav

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Developments in Biotechnology and Genetic Licensing

By Irina Pomestchenko and Aurelia Mitchell Durant | www.amdlawgroup.com The global biotechnology sector is rapidly expanding. This expansion is leading to more discoveries and innovations than ever before. The field of biotechnology is based upon the controlled and deliberate manipulation of biological systems for the manufacture or processing of useful products. Biological systems are living cells and their cellular and molecular components. Genetic splicing was modernized in 1971 by Paul B

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Amazon Buys Comedy Service Rooftop Media to Expand Digital Content

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com Amazon is buying an online comedy Service Rooftop Media. At first this does not appear as an important transaction; however, Amazon’s goal is aimed toward a broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse. Amazon has concluded the deal through Audible an audiobooks service company that the firm bought for $300 Million in 2008. Amazon has been interested in Rooftop's content and pool of comic talent for a while. Indeed, Rooftop records it

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Adidas Shares Jump on Report of Bid for Reebok

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com The shares of the German sportswear have jumped after the after the Wall Street Journal reported that an investor group that includes Jynwel Capital and funds affiliated with the Abu Dhabi government planned a $2.2 billion bid to buy Reebok. Adidas the second largest sports apparel firm behind Nike brought Reebok in August 2005 for $3.8 billion. However, the firm  is experiencing  difficulties as the unit-sales shrunk by more than a third in 2006 to $2 billio

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An Important Question to Ask When Providing Sight to One Billion People

Erin Holbrook | www.amdlawgroup.com So you have come up with a great invention that can help not only millions but billions of the worlds poor see. How are you able to keep costs down while scaling up on production? This is the question professor Josh Silver is grasping the answer to. Back in 1985, when discussing with a colleague about the possibility of producing glasses, that can be adjusted without the need for the expensive machinery or the obstetrician altogether. This conversation s

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Global Protection for All ~ Everywhere

Gloria Han | www.amdlawgroup.com Intellectual property is a vital necessity for the success of any product or company. Whether protection in trademark, patent, copyright, or trade secret, individuals or corporations need to ensure that their branding and unique designs will not be diluted by counterfeiters or copycats. The fashion industry especially has struggled with the issue of intellectual property as the Court views clothing as more for functional purposes than a distinguished product.

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