Unlike trademarks, copyrights, and patents, trade secrets are not registered with any governmental agency. By their very nature, they are intended to be a secret and simultaneously guarded against theft, discovery, and use by competing individuals or business enterprises.
According to a recent survey by EstateExec, approximately 19% of participants claimed that there was perceived executor misconduct during the estate settlement process. Settling the final affairs of a deceased loved one can involve many complexities and challenges.
Trademarks — which are the use of words, symbols, logos, or phrases to identify a particular manufacturer or seller’s product — were solely the province of the states until 1870, when the U.S. Congress passed a nationwide trademark law.
Picture this: you or your business has just been on the “losing” side of a civil trial. Generally, this means that the final decision went the opposite way of what you wanted — whether that involved not winning your case against another person or entity, or losing a case brought against you or your business.
California’s enactment of AB5, the law that reshaped independent contractor status in the state, went into effect on January 1, 2020. While the law remains in its infancy stages, so to speak, employers statewide need to review the effects that this redefinition will have on their business operations.
Nearly 1,400 new trade secret cases were filed each year in federal courts across the United States from 2017 to 2019. As a business, your trade secrets give you an economic value over your competitors. Trade secrets can range from methods and techniques to patterns, devices, processes, and programs.
In 2019, at least 435 anti-SLAPP motions were filed in California's trial courts by litigants. Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) are often used to intimidate, censor, and silence critics through expensive, baseless legal proceedings.
It takes hard work to build up a business to the point of economic success. This is usually achieved by forming relationships with other businesses, whether those relationships exist on paper through a contract or whether they are simply sealed by a handshake.