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How much is that Hamdog in the (drive-thru) window?

Perhaps the first question should be: “What in the world is a Hamdog?” The Hamdog is a combination of a hamburger and a hot dog. Mark Murray, who lives in Perth, Australia, invented it in 2004. The invention has been granted patent rights in Australia and the United States, and, more importantly, has become a viral phenomenon, spawning hundreds of interviews of the inventor. Thanks to the attention the product has received, Murray has decided that rather than sell directly in the U.S., he is auctioning the U.S. patent and trademark to the highest bidder, transferring global rights (not including Australia)....

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Open for Comment: Proposed Revisions to the 1995 Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing Intellectual Property

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released proposed revisions to the 1995 Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing Intellectual Property, and they have invited the public to comment on the proposed changes. The guidelines provide direction on antitrust issues that may arise when licensing intellectual property. The proposed updates to the guidelines embrace three general principles: “For the purpose of antitrust analysis, the Agencies apply the same analysis to conduct involving intellectual property as to conduct involving other forms of property, taking into account the specific characteristics of a particular property right.” “The Agencies do not presume that intellectual...

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Fembots, opiates and federal prison – the latest on FTC consumer protection

Ashley Madison The website whose tagline used to be "Life is short, have an affair" saw many of its users exposed last summer when hackers leaked personal information related to more than 30 million users.  Now, amidst the company's efforts to rebrand, its parent company, Avid Life Media, is facing an FTC probe due to the website's former use of "fembots." The thrust of the investigation is that the company used fake female profiles (fembots) to lure in male customers and artificially inflate the number of female users on the site.  This is not the first time a dating website has been...

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Antitrust vs. Anti-Trump: The Donald’s Feud With Amazon

Amazon is the largest internet-based retailer in the United States, and it is growing exponentially. Consumers have come to rely on the retailer — and what’s not to love about Amazon Prime — to the tune of more than $107 billion in net sales in 2015. It kicked off the summer by hitting an all-time high of more than $724 per share, leaving Facebook and other high valued companies in the dust. And though Amazon is showing no signs of slowing down (it’s looking to become a multi-trillion dollar company in the next 10 years), due to some of its...

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‘Tis the season to be knocked off…

Holiday shopping is getting into full swing as we are only days away from Black Friday, and perhaps more importantly, Cyber Monday.  This season, Digital Law Group wants to make sure consumers are buying YOUR products, and not counterfeits or knockoffs from third party sellers on e-commerce and auction websites. Sales platforms such as Amazon, eBay and Alibaba are great channels to sell products to the masses; however, unless monitored on a regular basis, these sites enable third-party sellers to capitalize on counterfeit, and in some cases, damaged or expired goods, leaving your profits and reputation on the chopping block. The Alibaba...

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Copyright: The Key To Revealing The Identity Of Infringers On Amazon and eBay

We aim to lead in each practice and area of law we work in. Coming from in-depth understanding of the law and the industry, capitalizing on extensive experience, we provide hands-on advice that speaks the language of our client’s business. Whether in aviation, sales and distribution, antitrust, corporate and M&A, finance, employment, energy, IP, litigation, TMT, real estate, or any other area of law, our clients can expect excellence and commitment to their objectives. Ensuring the operational functioning of the organisation, the development of external relations, management of press relations and constant communication with the press....

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Trimming The Fat

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We aim to lead in each practice and area of law we work in. Coming from in-depth understanding of the law and the industry, capitalizing on extensive experience, we provide hands-on advice that speaks the language of our client’s business. Whether in aviation, sales and distribution, antitrust, corporate and M&A, finance, employment, energy, IP, litigation, TMT, real estate, or any other area of law, our clients can expect excellence and commitment to their objectives. Ensuring the operational functioning of the organisation, the development of external relations, management of press relations and constant communication with the press....

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What’s in your customers’ shopping cart?

Holiday shopping is getting into full swing as we are only a few days away from Black Friday, and perhaps more importantly, Cyber Monday.  This season, Digital Law Group wants to make sure consumers are buying your products, and not counterfeits or knock offs from third party websites. Sales platforms such as Amazon, eBay and Alibaba are great channels to sell products to the masses; however, unless monitored on a regular basis, these sites enable third-party sellers of counterfeit, and in some cases, damaged or expired goods, to cut into your profits. Alibaba should be of particular concern for many sellers because counterfeit goods are sold on a colossal scale.  For example, consumer electronic sellers (e.g., Bose, Beats...

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Love and deception

Online dating has become such the norm these days that meeting a potential partner through a friend or at a bar almost seems old fashioned.  However, the online dating game comes with certain risks; most commonly, perhaps, is misrepresentation – e.g., profile pictures are outdated and profiles misleading.  While this may be frustrating to someone who is looking to find Mr. or Ms. Right, it is not illegal.  However, when JDI Dating (UK based operator of 18 dating sites) created fake, computer generated profiles and then messaged users from those accounts, a line was certainly crossed.  Many users signed up...

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Caffeine in your undies got ya jumpy?

As some of you may know, FTC investigations are commonplace in the consumer product industry. What you may not know, is complaints by consumers that the product did not perform as expected are oftentimes the trigger for these investigations.  Most recently in the hot seat, Wacoal America, Inc. and its caffeine-infused underwear, iPant.  The iPant promised that the caffeine would pass through the skin leaving users with lasting slimming results.  The FTC found the product claims to be unsubstantiated. Not only will Wacoal pay over one million dollars in consumer refunds, but they have become the butt of many coffee-related...

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