international business

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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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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International Business Law – Case Study #1

 "KDBM Publishing" (a fictitous name)  is a publishing firm based in the United States that is looking to expand its business overseas. Searching for a new country to do business in, various problems arose as to deciding where to expand towards. Some countries had different labor and environmental standards, while others had higher printing costs. These are common issues that arise while doing business globally. However, there are legal mechanisms that work at making doing business abroad more

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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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How and when to protect your intellectual property in your small business

By Aurelia Mitchell Durant, Esquire and Sindy Ding-Voorhees, Esquire Bravo to all the small business owners that have the bravery, vision and drive to create something incredible and novel in the marketplace. Every business starts out from an idea. No matter where you are in the stage of solidifying your business idea or executing your business plan, intellectual property is a substantial part of the plan and you want to timely and correctly protect this valuable asset, especially as you try

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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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Tips for Marketing Your Fashion Business in China – International Business Law – Case Study #4

Many fashion and apparel brands are looking to expand their market internationally, and they have their sights set on China. Although China is an infamously difficult place to do business, here are 8 ways to help empower your chances of success competing in the Chinese market.   Plan and act early. Filing a trademark application takes a great deal of time. It’s in your best interest to act quickly. It’s also wise to identify and potential conflicts before you enter the market.It's b

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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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The Secret of the Born Global Firm

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com What is a born global firm? Think of Skype, Google, Logitech, etc. A born global firm is “a business organization that, from inception, seeks to derive significant competitive advantage from the use of resources and the sale of outputs in multiple countries.” Many companies go global, but that does not make them born global firms. What distinguishes born global firms from the rest of international organizations is that they originate internationally.

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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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