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BAD REVIEWS GOT YOU DOWN? NEW RESTRICTIONS UNDER THE CONSUMER REVIEW FAIRNESS ACT OF 2016

By: Carissa Bouwer The internet has made it easy for consumers to share their opinions and experiences regarding products and businesses.  While easy access to reviews can help consumers make informed purchasing decisions, the anonymity of the internet can be difficult for businesses that believe they have received unfair reviews.  In recent years, some businesses have … Continue Reading

BACK TO THE FUTURE? FOREIGN INVESTMENT PROTECTION IN CUBA

By Emil R. Infante and Harout Jack Samra Few countries match the expropriatory model of revolutionary Cuba. Described by one scholar as the “largest uncompensated taking of American property by a foreign government in history,” the expropriations touched virtually every industry on the island.[1] The nearly 6,000 claims filed in the United States were valued by … Continue Reading

ANN FORD AUTHORS CHAPTER ON INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARKS IN NEWLY PUBLISHED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY HANDBOOK

The American Bar Association has published The Intellectual Property Handbook: A Practical Guide for Franchise, Business, and IP Counsel (Second Edition) which provides an overview of intellectual property (IP) law and practices around the world.  Ann Ford, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of DLA Piper and chair of DLA Piper LLP (US)’s U.S. … Continue Reading

FRAGMENTED SOLUTIONS FOR CLOUD ARE IMPACTING TRUST, FINDS DLA PIPER STUDY

By Laura Brooks DLA Piper has conducted a study on behalf of the European Commission investigating the legal framework for cloud contracts. The study provides guidance to the European Commission on existing laws, case law and administrative guidance applicable to cloud computing contracts in 27 EU Member States and the U.S. level. The study investigates … Continue Reading

Free Zones in the UAE

Republished from Law A La Mode  By: Katie Montazeri The UAE is comprised of seven emirates, and its laws are promulgated at both the federal and emirate level. Federal laws override the laws passed by the individual emirates. There are also various free zones within the UAE with laws which are passed by the relevant … Continue Reading

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Blue Ivy Carter” Trademark Still Has Chance

Media outlets have been buzzing over the purported denial of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s BLUE IVY CARTER trademark.  On October 16, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) granted a federal registration to Veronica Morales, a Boston-based wedding planner, for the trademark BLUE IVY (U.S. Registration No. 4224833) covering event planning services. Morales, who claims … Continue Reading

LIVE FROM INTA

With more than 8,500 individuals from 140 countries, INTA’s Annual Meeting is the superbowl for trademark professionals.  This year, DLA Piper is representing our ONE FIRM mantra with dozens of attorneys from more than 10 countries. We are eager to meet up with foreign counsel, worldwide clients, and blog readers.  Email us at remarks@dlapiper.com or @ us on … Continue Reading

Emotional intelligence: Driving Success in Today’s Business Environment

Reposted from the latest version of our Intellectual Property and Technology newsletter (Q1, 2011) (PDF here).  Also available at DLA Piper’s website. The legal profession has long revered individuals who demonstrate high intelligence and strong technical competence. In recent years, however, there has been growing recognition that another critical part of professional success is emotional intelligence, … Continue Reading

Video: Being a Legal Role Model

By way of background, I have a monthly column in the Chicago Lawyer called Inside Out, in which I provide the private practice perspective on a variety of issues/questions raised by the editor of the magazine (Olivia Clarke, the interviewer in the videos).  David Susler, the gentleman in this video, is also my husband.  He … Continue Reading

Welcome!

I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you all to our team’s latest efforts to contribute in a meaningful way to the areas of trademark, copyright and advertising.  We have been talking about starting a blog for some time, and we are proud to finally have a greater presence in the Internet space.  Over … Continue Reading
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