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Don't overlook these intellectual property law factors

Most business people in California and beyond want to maximize their assets whenever possible. Intellectual property law plays an important role regarding licensing and asset protection. However, unless an intellectual property owner understands the ins and outs of the licensing system, a well-intentioned action can actually do more harm than good. 

By keeping several things in mind, intellectual property owners can make informed decisions that propel them toward greater business success. A person can't fully protect his or her intellectual property assets if he or she hasn't identified them all. For instance, it would be a mistake to automatically assume that one can license software one has created. In fact, such a license may be invalid unless the company (software creator) owns the created product.         

The Lovell Firm, representing clients in lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey, recently featured on The Wrap

Prominent attorney Tre Lovell is representing writing duo in their multi-million dollar lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey and others for claims of having stolen their ideas for the television show "Greenleaf." The lawsuit calls the actions of the defendants blatant and arrogant: "[T]hey didn't even seek to hide the theft; they used the same character names and copied verbatim unique and novel storylines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show. They even named their antagonist after Plaintiff Pastor Barrie (Pastor Basie in 'Greenleaf')." The lawsuit similarly notes that "creative theft, in Hollywood, has become a cottage industry."

NBA super star LeBron James threatens entertainment law claim

Most California basketball lovers are familiar with LeBron James, a top player in the NBA. The All-Star is currently engaged in a battle involving entertainment law, specifically having to do with trademarks and copyright infringements that his platform, Uninterrupted, alleges against a college football coach. James has apparently threatened litigation if the situation is not resolved to his satisfaction.  

Uninterrupted launched an online series called "The Shop," which features James and other famous athletes, business people and well-known pop culture figures. The gist of the program is that James and his guests engage in sports, music and other modern culture conversations while getting haircuts at a barber shop. Viewers listen to chats regarding best sports moments of all time, favorite music albums, and so forth.  

Defamation on social media

Social networking sites, online commentary and content aggregation all have plenty of benefits. You can stay connected and updated better than ever. Unfortunately, these online platforms are also prone to defamatory content. These sites encourage and sometimes even monetize sharing information with minimal regulation or fact-checking. Someone can make a negative status update or video about you and spread it like wildfire.

What happens when you become the victim of defamation on social media? Here is some important information you should know about defamatory content online.

Intellectual property law: How to protect trade secrets

Advanced technology, unstable economies and a fast-changing marketplace has made business in the modern world a highly competitive endeavor. With the convenience and speed that internet research and shopping provides comes tremendous challenges to product makers and business owners who must find ways to stay on top, especially when potential consumers can find hundreds, if not thousands of options in a matter of minutes. California business owners wanting to maximize productivity and profitability will also want to familiarize themselves with intellectual property law that helps protect trade secrets.

The first logical step to take to protect trade secrets is to identify and document them. Any information, system, format, design or other component that gives a particular business an edge over its competitors may be considered a trade secret. The more difficult it would be for outside parties to acquire the information, the better protected it would be. Thus, once a trade secret is identified, the next step is to implement a company police (preferably, in writing) that restricts the use or sharing of the information.

Employers might take a page out of Starbucks' book

As you know, happy employees are the ones you can usually count on to stick around and to do a good job. It is largely the actions of employers and managers who create a welcoming work environment and improve employee satisfaction, cooperation and morale.

No matter how large or small your California business is, your policies and workplace climate can have a positive or negative impact on your workforce.

5 ways your employer may be robbing you of your hard-earned wages

California wage-and-hour laws are comprehensive, yet companies continue to violate these laws every day. Some employees may be surprised to find that they are being cheated out of the money they worked so hard for.

Many workers don't know when their employers are participating in unlawful activity, so most of these incidents go unreported. If you are an hourly employee, be aware of these common tactics employers use to take advantage of their workers.

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