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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Verizon embroiled in labor dispute with two unions

    Verizon is having some serious problems with its workers. Last August, Verizon's contract with workers of two unions which represent employees that deliver critical services, such as repairs, landline service, installation and customer service. The workers continued to work as the union worked towards a solution with the company, but the workers' patience has run out. They went on strike recently, ...
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  • Oracle and Oregon face off in website contract dispute

    Just to the north of us here in California, the state of Oregon and the tech company Oracle have been locked in a contract dispute over the state's healthcare website which was "botched," according to the source article. Oracle blames the state for mismanagement, while the state accuses Oracle of fraud and racketeering. The state of Oregon is asking for $6.5 billion in damages as a result of their ...
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  • On intellectual property and viral videos

    Some people have dreams of creating content on the internet, so that they can earn some of that sweet "internet money." These people make videos, GIFs, images, blog posts and many other forms of content to reach their dream. In these cases, they do so intentionally. If they are lucky, one of their pieces of content will "go viral" and sweep the globe at a rapid pace as friends share the content ...
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  • What you need to know about forming a business

    Many people have an entrepreneurial spirit, and that's a tremendous gift to have. It also means you will have a lot of responsibility when you start your own business. When you go this route, you will have to consider a lot of very critical issues to ensure your business is successful. First and foremost, you have to make the decision to start your company . Great! But it's not as simple as just ...
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  • Digital Spring Cleaning

    Spring can be a good time to catch up on important chores. This is not only the case for households, but for businesses as well. Now, spring cleaning regarding their physical workplace is not the only type of spring cleaning that can be helpful for businesses. So too can spring cleaning regarding their digital presence and practices. Here are some digital spring cleaning steps California business ...
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  • Employment-Based Visas: Critical Pieces To The Working Puzzle

    When it comes to attaining new, skilled employees who show a lot of promise, companies don't care where they come from. What they do need to care about is making sure that every hire is done properly and is in compliance with the law. So when companies look abroad to recruit new talent, they need to make sure that every step they take is done so methodically and legally. Employment visas are ...
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  • How To Draft A Business Plan To Protect Your Company

    Proper planning is required if your dream is to start a business in Silicon Valley. A detailed business plan will go a long way in helping you start your business as well as ensure your business goals are protected in the future. Your idea needs to be developed and for your business to succeed, you need to understand the market, your competition and how to set your business goals to make your ...
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  • Defining a trademark, and why the mark is important

    Most people have heard of a trademark before, and even if they don't know what a trademark is, they can probably recognize the iconic "TM" symbol near a logo, word or phrase. A trademark is actually quite simple : it signifies that the mark (may that be a logo, word, phrase or something else) is of a certain source and shouldn't be confused with other sources that may make similar products. ...
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  • Preparing for what comes after a breach of contract

    Contracts are a staple in the world of business. They are entered into by individual parties, companies, subcontractors, real estate developers, and really anyone trying to see a project to its completion or attempting to garner a positive and fruitful professional partnership. However, not every contract is fulfilled in the way the parties intend it to be. Sometimes one party fails to hold up ...
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  • Applying For A Patent, And What It Means For You

    Patents are vital to the world of intellectual property. Whether a company is trying to protect a mass-produced product, or a small, independent content creator is trying to protect their work, a patent is crucial to ensuring that the company or individual receives the credit they deserve for creating that work. But ultimately, what is a patent? Formally, it is a legal protection that forbids ...
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  • Company's Free Advertising May Prove To Be Very Expensive

    When it comes to effective advertising, most professionals agree that location is crucial. You need to put ads where they will be seen by the most people in order to get the maximum return on your investment. But what happens if your business' advertising campaign interferes with the advertising rights that a rival company paid top dollar for? This scenario is currently playing out in court ...
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  • Do Sports Clips Fall Under Fair Use? The Jury Is Still Out

    As social media continues to grow in popularity, the more it becomes ingrained into our daily lives. For many people, social media has replaced face-to-face interactions with people and for some, it even replaces watching the news. But because of social media's immediate access to content, social media companies – and sometimes even their users – find themselves walking into a legal gray area, ...
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  • Dept. Of Labor Wants More Companies Classified As Joint Employers

    The average person's work experience in America has changed dramatically over the past half-century. It used to be the case that a worker just out of college could get hired by a company and stay with that organization for most or all of his career. But for better and worse, these kinds of career-long employment opportunities rarely exist anymore. Instead, the average American worker can expect to ...
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  • Important Patent Review Case Goes Before The U.S. Supreme Court

    There's little debate about the fact that America's patent system has its share of problems. Especially in recent decades, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has "rubber stamped" too many patent applications, effectively issuing patents that would not hold up under careful scrutiny. Usually, these patents are for broad concepts or vague business processes. Challenging or defending the validity ...
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  • Is Your Company Prepared To Respond To Sex Harassment Allegations?

    It is generally understood that work environments in Silicon Valley are unlike those in the rest of the United States. Whether the business is a small tech startup or a more established company, everything about the work experience tends to be more fluid. Work may happen at all hours of the day and night, colleagues become friends and the boundaries between professional and personal life start to ...
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