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September 2012 Archives

Samsung attempted, failed to stop Apple from selling iPhone 5

Apple-loyal customers -- from the northeastern reaches of Hartford, Connecticut, to the other far-flung corners of the U.S. -- eagerly anticipated this past weekend as the iPhone 5 was finally launched. Given some reports that Apple sold somewhere in the vicinity of 5 million of the newest iPhone iteration on the opening weekend, it's safe to say neither company nor customer was disappointed with the release.

Preliminary Injunction: An Important Tool in Copyright Infringement Litigation

Computer programs are protected under the U.S. Copyright Act. The owner of the copyright holds the right to exclude others from copying their software, making works derivative of it, and from distributing or using it.

Raymond Law Group Tech Practice Group successfully recovered a valuable domain name

Raymond Law Group Tech Practice Group successfully recovered a valuable domain name from international hacker/thieves through a series of actions including ICANN arbitration. Boston Associate Steve Troiano was instrumental in the result. Please let us know if we can help you with a domain name or other Tech issue. 

Yoga apparel companies wage rare IP war for fashion industry

Intellectual property is such an important aspect in the business world. The innovative and original ideas of an organization can propel the company to new heights; or when improperly guarded by shoddy legal documentation (or no legal documentation at all), these ideas can be copied by the company's competitors, severely damaging the innovators' chances at surviving a competitive marketplace.

Are Social Media Posts Discoverable?

comp arrow.pngA party files a request for production pursuant to Rule 34 seeking any profiles, messages (including status updates, wall comments, causes joined, groups joined, activity streams, blog entries) from social networking sites that reveal, refer or relate to any emotion, feeling, or mental state of plaintiff as well as communications by the plaintiff that may reveal or relate to events that could be expected to produce a significant emotion, feeling or mental state.

Are Social Media Posts Discoverable?

A party files a request for production pursuant to Rule 34 seeking any profiles, messages (including status updates, wall comments, causes joined, groups joined, activity streams, blog entries) from social networking sites that reveal, refer or relate to any emotion, feeling, or mental state of plaintiff as well as communications by the plaintiff that may reveal or relate to events that could be expected to produce a significant emotion, feeling or mental state.

IRS Awards Whistleblower $104 Million in Qui Tam Action

A former UBS banker, Bradley Birkenfeld, has been awarded $104 Million by the IRS for his role as a whistleblower in an action by the IRS that ultimately has recovered $5 billion in unpaid taxes by Americans using UBS to hide money in Swiss bank accounts.

IRS Awards Whistleblower $104 Million in Qui Tam Action

A former UBS banker, Bradley Birkenfeld, has been awarded $104 Million by the IRS for his role as a whistleblower in an action by the IRS that ultimately has recovered $5 billion in unpaid taxes by Americans using UBS to hide money in Swiss bank accounts.

Trade Secret Misappropriation: Soliciting a Former Employer's Customers

An issue that often arises is an employee, upon terminating his or her employment, attempting to solicit his former employer's customers. An employee can plan to go into competition with his employer and may even take active steps to do so while still employed. However, an employee may not use his employer's confidential information to do so.

Monroe entrepreneurs find success in chicken diapers -- yes, you read that right

Chicken diapers -- yes, they're a real thing, and they're part of what helped make a Monroe business run by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs one of the most successful small businesses in America.

Architect pursues copyright damages from Connecticut homebuilder

The success of thriving small businesses here in Connecticut often depends on the uniqueness of their ideas. Small and large business owners often ask themselves: 'What can we offer that our competitors cannot?' It is for this reason, among others, that copyright protection is so important.

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