The Thriving Business of German Board Games

February 1, 2018

In the digital era where videogames are a multibillion dollar industry board games have surprisingly kept pace. Between Spring 2016 and Spring 2017, U.S. sales of board games grew by 28% and revenues are expected to rise at a similar rate into the early 2020s. Much of this growth is attributed to the change of targeted audiences…

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“Google” is not Generic

December 18, 2017

The case involved whether a trademark owner should lose rights in instances when the trademark is frequently used as a verb such as in the phrase “Google it.” The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that “googled” may have become synonymous for Internet searching, but that does not mean that the company cannot protect its name.

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Wage-Fixing, No-Poaching Agreements to be Prosecuted Criminally under new Antitrust Guidance

December 11, 2017

On October 20, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (Antitrust Division) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly released important Guidance aimed at informing human resource professionals (and others involved in hiring and compensation decisions) on the topic of how the antitrust laws apply to the field of employment. The DOJ and FTC announced that agreements between companies not to hire each…

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