Archive | June 2011

A Comeback Story or a Comeback Surgery?

By Jennifer Williams

Reviewed By Cynthia Amis

The Yankees Franchise has earned itself 27 World Series Titles, making it one of the best baseball franchises of all time. Some of the greatest players in the world have played with the team, including Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Yogi Berra. These sorts of facts are the things that come to mind when you think about the Bronx Bombers, but that does not mean they are without their fair share of controversy.

A recent example of this can be seen with Bartolo Colon, a thirty seven year old pitcher on the Yankee’s roster. Colon looked to be at the end of his career in 2010 as he did not throw one pitch in the season due to a long line of injuries. Now, suddenly Colon is a top pitcher for the Yankee’s and his fastball often registers around 93 mph. His strikeouts per game are up considerably, and just to paint a clearer picture, he is striking out a batter per inning. This is all good for Colon and even better for the Yankees but throw in there that his season was recently flagged due to a shredded rotator cuff and torn ligament, something seems a little off. Forgive me for saying so, but I have never though of a pitcher’s arm as being one of those things that ‘gets better with age.’ So the question has to be asked, why the sudden improvement?

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One for the Football Fans

By Kyu Hee Chu

Reviewed by Jennifer Williams

Why does EA Games produce video games recreating real professional sports players?  Could it be that that is the driving factor in making the games more fun and attractive to its customers?  Well, that’s what a former NFL player, Tony Davis, is arguing in his class action lawsuit.

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Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights- Oh My!

By Jennifer Williams

Reviewed By Cynthia Amis

For the most part, technology and I do not see eye to eye. Try as I may, we never seem to understand one another and therefore when a problem strikes I feel lost and confused. So when I found out that I would be attending CE week in New York City, which is a relatively large technology showcase, I wondered how it was that I would survive. I started to wonder how it was that this would merge with my everyday life, which includes law books, papers, and legalese. Then it dawned on me that all of these innovations- whether it be software or a tangible product, must be legally protected in one way or another. What I set out to find out was what sort of legal protection seemed to be most common in this technology filled world.

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Trademark Your Name and Save Yourself a Headache

By Kyu Hee Chu

Reviewed By Cynthia Amis

One of the first things that an artist needs to do before embarking on his career is to come up with a unique name that he (or she) will use as a performer.  Many simply use the name they were born with, while others come up with new distinctive names.  Whatever the artist chooses as his stage name, he must remember to trademark that name from the outset if he wants to save himself from potential future headaches.
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He’s got 99 problems and a diamond IS one

By Jennifer Williams

Reviewed by Cynthia Amis

It is not uncommon to read about Jay Z’s success, he recently beat Elvis Presley for the most number one records by a solo artist. His success is furthered by his many investments, including a basketball team, record labels and Roc Nation Entertainment Company. Worth approximately 450 million dollars, it seems a bit odd that Jay Z would be the center of a lawsuit concerning a diamond. One would assume that he could buy a diamond everyday for a year and not feel it in his wallet, and yet Volcom is suing the hip hop mogul for the use of his diamond logo to brand his Roc Nation Entertainment Company. While it seems he can pay for as many diamonds as his heart desires, his money seems of no consequence to Volcom and their inverted diamond trademark.

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Secrets (Definitely) don’t make Friends


Photo from Technoish.com

 

By Jennifer Williams

Reviewed by Cynthia Amis

Alleged stolen trade secrets, corporate battle, employee scandal and behind the curtains business. This all sounds like the adage on an advertisement for the next Wall Street movie starring Michael Douglas. Yet it is actually some of the discussion being tossed around when talking about the recent lawsuit involving PayPal and Google concerning forms of online payment.

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The Apple, they say, Brings the Lawsuit Today.

By Jennifer Williams

Reviewed by Anthony Arther, Esq. 

When I buy a phone or any other technology gadget, the first thing I consider is what it looks like. I accept that this may make technology geeks everywhere cringe in horror and yet will respectfully continue to make my choices as such. I do not really consider the operating system, I am definitely not noticing the box that the gadget comes in, and very rarely do I ask the salesman questions about the specs of the product. Despite my disregard for the details related to my technology, the recent flood of lawsuits pertaining to smart phones and the like does not surprise me. Technology gurus take a very strict and unwavering stance on which gadgets they will use. An informed person like this, considers the operating system, the ergonomics, and the ecosystem. When another company replicates their preferred gadget, it becomes almost a personal matter and it comes as no surprise that Apple takes a similarly personal interest in its products.

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