LEGAL THOUGHTS

This blog contains our personal opinions on legal topics that interest us.

August 22, 2014

      On August 12, 2014, a California Court of Appeals issued a ruling that will affect employers that have instituted or are planning to institute bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

       In Cochran v. Schwan's Home...

August 17, 2014

             If you create a sculptural work and then publicly display it, is that work published or unpublished?

            If you post a photo on a website, is that work published or unpublished?...

August 7, 2014

       Under a traditional franchise analysis, like the federal franchise regulations [1] or many other state franchise laws, a franchise is any commercial business relationship that satisfies the following three elements:

        1.   Fran...

July 10, 2014

             As we approach the 2014 elections, I am sure that everyone who watches television or listens to the radio will be inundated with advertisements advocating issues, or supporting or attacking political candidates....

June 19, 2014

     The U.S. Supreme Court just issued its decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l, 572 U.S. __ (2014) (slip opinion, June 19, 2014).  This decision was eagerly anticipated as a referendum on the viability of computer software patents. The S...

June 9, 2014

     Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. et al., 572 U.S. ___ (2014) (slip opinion, June 2, 2014).  In that case, the Supreme Court rebuked the C...

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