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You Be the Judge: Pretzel Snack Time

What’s in a name? When it comes to trademarks, one small snack company is out to prove that their brand deserves its moniker.

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You Be the Judge: Photographing a Mardi Gras Indian

New Orleans festivities parade vibrant creativity from street to street, but how would you rule in this case about artists’ rights?

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You Be the Judge: Turkey for Dinner

How many ways can one succinctly communicate the keeping and heating up of a turkey? You hold the gavel in this dispute over gravy rights.

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You Be the Judge: What’s the Situation?

My father promised to stop claiming reality TV was “rotting my brain” when I passed the New York State Bar Examination. Many years later he had to keep quiet when MTV introduced the world to a high quality and extremely educational documentary series known as Jersey Shore. Dad, hope you’re proud that I found a…

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You be the Judge: What’s an iPad?

First, the iPod, next the iPhone, and then, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, the world stood still as Steve Jobs announced Apple’s latest soon-to-be-must-have-product, the iPad.  What’s an iPad?According to Apple, the iPad is “our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.” This You Be the Judge post will…

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You be the Judge: Judging Pretty Woman

Sometimes in order to play judge and fully investigate a situation, I have to acquire evidence. And so, many times when I read an intellectual property dispute regarding a musical work, I purchase and listen to the music at issue. Yes, truth be told, I have an “infringement” section on my MP3 player. Unfortunately, more often…

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