Snapchat Settlement Shows Importance Of Proper Legal Advice When Starting A Business

Earlier this month, Snap, Inc. launched its initial public offering (“IPO”) at a price that gave the company a $24 billion valuation.  Snap, Inc. owns Snapchat, a mobile application that allows users to send photos to one another that automatically “disappear” after a few seconds.  Less widely reported amidst the hype surrounding the IPO price, Read More…

Appellate Court Addresses Enforceability Of Website “Terms Of Use” Under Browsewrap Agreements

Contracts formed on the internet come primarily in one of two forms: “clickwrap” (or “click-through”) agreements, in which website users are required to click on an “I agree” box after being presented with a list of terms and conditions of use; and “browsewrap” agreements, where a website’s terms and conditions of use are generally posted Read More…

Trio Of Copyright Cases Reject High-Profile Ownership Claims

In recent months, three separate cases scaled back copyright protection for works well known in popular culture. In the first case, Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. et al., a longstanding copyright dispute over the “Happy Birthday to You” song ended when the United States District Court for the Southern District of California held the music Read More…

Managing Online Business Presence To Maximize Trademark Protection

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s recent handling of trademark applications suggests that businesses can significantly help — or hinder — their protection under trademark laws depending on how they manage their online presence.   A few simple steps can help a business ensure it is able to take advantage of the fullest extent of Read More…