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Google Facing Lawsuit Over ‘Playground’ Phrase in Ad

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MediaPost has reported on a new lawsuit against Google alleging trademark infringement for its use of the phrase “the playground is open” in advertisements for the Nexus 7 tablet. Market Street Press alleges that it has been using the phrase since 2008 in its own promotional materials and has applied to trademark it; the company […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 20th, 2012 at 10:16 am

Google Adds European Patents and Prior Art Finder to Patent Search Tool

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Good news for all you inventors who use Google’s patent search tool! Two new features have recently been added that should make your searching experience more productive and your patent application process a bit easier. Google recently expanded its patent search tool to include European patents and also added the “Prior Art Finder,” which, according […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 15th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Intellectual Property

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Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 7/29/11

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In this week’s roundup, we’ve got tips for protecting your business from the economic effects of a US default, real-world stories from small business owners about their experiences with Facebook ads, and news from Google and the SBA that might benefit your business. What a US Default Might Mean for Small Business: Entrepreneur Magazine gives […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 29th, 2011 at 6:56 am

Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 7/15/11

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It’s hard to escape mentions of Google+ around the Interwebs lately, so we’re going to talk about the service as it relates to small businesses in this week’s small business news roundup. We’ll also cover involving children in small business ventures, how to get the most out of your business website, LinkedIn specifically, and social […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 15th, 2011 at 9:59 am

Gmail User’s Email Criticizing Sandals Resort Protected by First Amendment

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A New York appellate court will not force Google to release information about a user who sent an email critical of Sandals Resorts International Ltd. The user in question had sent an email to several people accusing Sandals in Jamaica of accepting state subsidies financed by Jamaicans but then hiring Jamaicans for only the lowest-paying […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 2nd, 2011 at 7:11 am

California’s “Do Not Track” Bill Clears First Hurdle

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California is currently weighing legislation that would require websites to gain user permission before collecting data through cookies in what is believed to be the country’s first “Do Not Track” bill. SB 761 was introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D – 27th District) and is sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group. It passed […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am

Google Loses Defamation Case in Italy

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Once again Google is on the guilty end of the defamation stick in Europe — this time in Italy. An Italian court has upheld an earlier decision that held Google Instant’s autocomplete suggestions can be libelous. In this instance, an Italian businessman sued Google when a search for his name was completed with “truffa” and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 7th, 2011 at 9:43 am

Posted in First Amendment

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Google Sends Mass Email to Gmail Users Regarding Google Buzz Settlement

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Millions of Gmail users recently got an email from Google letting them know about a settlement that has been reached in a class action lawsuit over Google Buzz. If you’re a Gmail user, you probably remember back in February when Google released the new feature — and signed everyone up without asking, making “Buzz” connections […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 3rd, 2010 at 9:38 am

Posted in Class Actions

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No Google Street View Photos Without Three Days’ Notice in Italy

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We’ve talked about Google’s problems across the pond, including a French court’s ruling that the “suggest” feature pulled up defamatory words to an Italian court’s convicting three execs of a privacy violation. Well now Italy is at it again with a ruling from its Privacy Authority that will require Google Street View cars, which take […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 26th, 2010 at 9:41 am

Posted in Legal News,Privacy

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Google Exec Convicted of Defamation for “Suggest” Feature

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A French court has found Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt liable for defamation because the search engine’s new “suggest” feature brought up “rapist” and “satanist” when users typed in the plaintiff’s name. The plaintiff in the case had been convicted for corruption of a minor, although it was on appeal when he discovered that […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 27th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Posted in First Amendment

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