Gupta Evans & Ayres was successfully able to secure a release of a bank loan that was erroneously accounted for as due when the bank had previously discharged the loan years prior. All it took was a simple and effective demand letter, saving our client time and money. Our client obtained a $50,000 loan from […]
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Does a published algorithm bar trade secret protection of that algorithm? The answer is not as simple as it seems. Earlier this year, the Federal Circuit in Masimo Corp. held that the prior publication by a third party of trade secret information does not bar trade secret information. Masimo Corp. v. True Wearables, Inc., No. […]
I ran into an interesting legal question regarding the collection of out-of-state judgments: when an out-of-state judgement is domesticated in California, which state’s law controls? Let’s say a creditor secured a judgment against one spouse outside of California in another community property state, but that state’s community property laws prevented the married couple’s community property from being encumbered by the judgment. The rub is that the couple also own property in California. Can the creditor secure a lien against the California property by domesticating the judgment in California?
Trade secrets encompass a unique area of intellectual property law that where protection is granted without any formal filings. Unlike patents, trademarks, and copyrights, which generally require filing an application with a government office, trade secrets are protected via—you guessed it—secrecy.
Landlord-tenant relationships can be difficult. What should be a relatively simple relationship based on contractual obligations often turns sour. To make matters worse, COVID-19 has created a litany of financial problems worldwide which has further strained already stressful situations. Due to the pandemic, many small businesses have struggled to make rent if not already completely shuttered. Some business owners have been able to successfully sell their business or find a new lessee to take over their tenancy to make ends meet. However, some business owners, due to unreasonable landlords, have been unable to sell their business and are stuck in a strange predicament where they are seemingly forced to slowly bleed out money.
The rise of social media has facilitated the birth of influencers, and over the past several years, influencer marketing has ballooned to become a multi-billion-dollar industry according to various sources. (See https://www.shopify.com/blog/influencer-marketing-statistics#7.) It comes as no surprise that the FTC has already extended advertising rules into the world of influencer and social media marketing. This article will explore the rules around influencer marketing, specifically on brand/influencer collaborations.
On April 29, 2021, Scripps Health (“Scripps”) suffered a ransomware attack in the unauthorized access of over 147,000 patients’ personal information. A few weeks later, Scripps announced the breach. As of writing this article, Scripps is still trying to determine the full extent of damage caused by the breach.
You just hired a young web designer as an independent contractor to revamp your website. After struggling through the creative process, you and your web designer ultimately come to a decision on the final product, and you launch your site. However, a few months later, you receive a letter from the Law Office of Koppi & Wright, PC accusing you of infringing on its client’s intellectual property—specifically pointing to a few graphics and photographs scattered throughout your homepage. Koppi & Wright demands that you remove the graphics and photographs from your website or else it will file a lawsuit against you and your business for copyright infringement.