You Don’t Have to Give in to Yelp! Bullies

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Last year, a local family contacted me about a demand letter they received from a nearby business. That business had served them poorly, and they said so in a review they posted on Yelp!, the popular social media review site. As more and more companies are doing, this business responded not by improving their services or apologizing[...]

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Why Software Startups Need to Register Their Copyrights Now

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When it comes to building an IP portfolio, patents aren’t the only–or even necessarily the most important–ingredient. I am consistently surprised by the number of software startups who spend their last nickel on patent applications, but never even consider dropping $35 to register a copyright. The fact is that copyright registration offers many of the same[...]

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Augmented Assault

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In common speech, the word “assault” is almost never heard apart from the term “battery” (or, occasionally, “a deadly Pepa“). We use the two words together in a phrase to describe a physical attack on a person. Because augmented reality deals with the non-corporeal, then, it may seem strange to suggest that one could use digital[...]

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Landmark TTAB Decision Invalidates REDSKINS Trademark Registrations

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This post was authored by Jennifer Hetu, a partner of mine at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Ms. Hetu’s practice focuses on trademark law and brand protection. She advises clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of trademark matters in the U.S. and international markets. Ms. Hetu also collaborates[...]

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Anonymous Social Media in the Workplace

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One of the latest trends in social media is anonymous speech. Sites such as Secret, Whisper, and Yik Yak invite users to post without identifying themselves. The goal is to release users from their inhibitions and, according to Secret, allow “people to be themselves and share anything they’re thinking and feeling with their friends without[...]

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FTC Testifies on Geolocation Privacy

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Today the FTC released the following press release.  I reproduce it here, verbatim, because it’s a succinct summary and pertains to important and cutting-edge issues of geolocation privacy that we frequently address on this blog. The Federal Trade Commission testified before Congress on the Commission’s efforts to address the privacy concerns raised by the tracking[...]

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AWE 2014 in Review

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That’s a wrap! The fifth annual Augmented World Expo took place last week in Santa Clara, California. As in prior years, this was the premier annual event in the industry, featuring speakers and exhibitors from the augmented reality field as well as from related endeavors–such as wearable technology–that make up the broader “augmented world.” USA[...]

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Prohibiting Employees From Taking Photos or Video (Guest Post)

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GUEST POST: Cameron J. Evans is my partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is a nationally recognized employment attorney with extensive experience representing employers in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and private arbitrations in employment-related litigation, including class and collective action litigation.  He has significant jury trial experience in both federal and[...]

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Augment Your Breakfast With Learning at AWE 2014

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Attending this year’s Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara? As the Culture Chair of the event, I’ve collaborated with the organizers to hold “Augmented Breakfast” round table discussions on each morning of the conference. Between 8:00-9:00 on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, gather with us in Ballroom G&H (near the registration desk) for a chance to[...]

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Ingress AR Game Impacting Kansas Law Enforcement?

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I recently stumbled across this post from a Kansas law enforcement lobbyist, originally posted in January 2014. It purports to describe “a number” of 911 calls in Park City about “suspicious persons” who turned out to be playing the augmented reality game Ingress. The article also cites one of my blog posts as an example[...]

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