S. 3376: Congress takes on the DOJ regarding Internet Gaming

A new bill, S. 3376, introduced last month in Congress is taking direct aim at the legally divisive world of online casino and poker gambling websites. It was submitted by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and co-sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). The bill aims to undo the actions of the Department of Justice, which in 2011, issued an opinion on the application of the 1961 ... Read More

4 Free Things You Can Do Right Now To See If Your Trademark Is Clear

Often companies don’t think about checking to see whether a brand, logo, or tagline is legally available for use until marketing and development efforts are already underway. When a company has a limited budget, it’s tempting to postpone or forego a trademark search and focus dollars and efforts in other areas. Unfortunately, the downside risks of using an infringing trademark in commerce are significant. A ... Read More

Understanding the Key Differences Between Trademarks and Copyrights

When new clients contact us with questions about how best to protect their intellectual property, we are often asked to explain the difference between trademarks and copyrights. While they are both important established means of protecting intellectual property, they have significant differences. Understanding these differences can help you to identify your company’s valuable intellectual property assets and guide ... Read More

Open Innovation or Unfair Competition?

GOOGLE DEFENDS AGAINST ANTITRUST CLAIMS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION Mega-giant internet company Google was hit last week with multiple antitrust charges in the European Union in the form of a “Statement of Objections” issued by the European Commission. The Commission alleges that Google has been abusing its dominance on the market by forcing Android phone makers and mobile network providers to load Google’s ... Read More

A “Cool” Shipping Idea?

Do you have a “cool” shipping idea? The Hershey Company recently launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on NineSigma to seek out the next big innovation in shipping, specifically, shipping cold chocolate to warm climates.  According to the contest website, Hershey is looking to develop “a lightweight, affordable shipping system that will keep chocolate close to the temperature at which it was packed, 75°F or below, ... Read More

Crowdsourcing and Clinical Trials

A recent article written by Llewellyn King discusses crowd-sourcing’s newest application: clinical drug trials. Traditional drug trials are not terribly efficient at actually helping patients who are suffering from a particular disease. These trials are lengthy and expensive, and the control group is often treated with a placebo or nothing at all. What’s worse is that the knowledge gained from such trials is ... Read More

Daily Fantasy Crime?

For daily fantasy sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, 2014-15 has been their moment.  They have been making money hand over fist and people haven’t yet figured out that probably aren't going to win.  If you are somehow unfamiliar with these sites (such as not having been in front of a television for two years) the basic premise is to allow customers to participate in daily or weekly fantasy sports contests ... Read More

Old Town New World

Very proud to have been a recent guest on the Old Town New World podcast - listen here: oldtownnewworld.com/category/podcast/ ... Read More

Remember California?

Lately a lot has been written about the regulated jurisdictions in the US (New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada) and the online gaming battle going on in Pennsylvania.  Has everyone forgotten about California?  For a while there, all signs pointed to California being one of the leaders in US online gaming legalization.  Then the tribal interests and land based operators and lotteries and legislators all got involved and ... Read More

What, Me Worry?

Why should we worry about protecting our worth?  What are the chances that my assets might be seized by a creditor or the government?  I don't do anything wrong.  I pay my taxes.  I have never been sued.  Why worry about going through the time and expense and headache of setting up an asset protection plan anyway? It is true that asset protection planning isn't for everyone.  But really the only criteria to ... Read More