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Boot manufacturers take patent dispute to court

When a particular product is popular in Florida, or elsewhere in the country, other manufacturers may try to copy it in an attempt to capitalize on another's success. If the copy is too close, however, it can result in an intellectual property dispute. Such a dispute recently arose between rival boot manufacturers in a case that went to trial over the summer.

What are the signs of a friendly merger?

When one company buys another company in Florida, it sometimes is hostile. These are the mergers we so often hear about because they often involve litigation and drama that piques people's interest. However, many times when two companies become one, it is an amicable situation. This, according to Dummies.com, is called a friendly merger.

Rates of sexual harassment against men on the rise

While sexual harassment is generally thought of as a man harassing a woman, the roles may be reversed. Men are victims of sexual harassment as well. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, incidents of men being harassed by women in the workplace are on the rise. In 2014, 17.5 percent of sexual harassment charges were filed by men, which is a dramatic increase from the 11 percent that was reported in 1997. These numbers are thought to be underrepresented of the number of sexual harassment cases against men that actually occur, as a number of men do not want to report the case for fear of embarrassment or retaliation.

Do you need to register your trademark?

When starting up a new business, you may have designed a logo, slogan or catch-phrase that designates your business and makes it unique from other businesses. While you are not required to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, there are benefits to doing so. If you do not protect your trademark, other businesses and/or brands can use your mark, or something quite similar, which may confuse your customers and lead to you losing money and business in the long run.

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