Are Unregistered Domains A Violation of Trademarks?

Are Unregistered Domains A Violation of Trademarks?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
This could be the end of GoDaddy. Five years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) filed suit against GoDaddy.com. GoDaddy allows customers to buy domains and “park” them.  Parking them means that the domain points to a web page that...
Non-Disclosure Agreement

Non-Disclosure Agreement

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS Non-disclosure agreements are called by many different names: NDAs, confidentiality agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, and proprietary information agreements, among other terms. Regardless of the terminology or type of business...
Unfair Competition

Unfair Competition

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
UNFAIR COMPETITION   The distinction between unfair competition and deceptive trade practices is that unfair competition covers only situations which target consumers, while deceptive trade practices also injure businesses.  Unfair competition laws are almost...
Are there any laws I should know about when advertising my business?

Are there any laws I should know about when advertising my business?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
YES! Advertising laws are complicated. There are a lot of them. And there are even more urban myths about what rights consumers have (or do not have). But the consumer and advertising laws have a dominant theme: don’t screw your customer and trick them into...
Much Ado About Nothing: Non-Compete Agreements in Employee Contracts

Much Ado About Nothing: Non-Compete Agreements in Employee Contracts

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
As a business and employment lawyer, I see more unnecessary gnashing of teeth over one issue than any other. Employers really worry that their employees are going to steal their business, take their hard-developed systems or customer relationships to their...
A Short History of California’s Unfair Competition Law

A Short History of California’s Unfair Competition Law

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
In 1933, California passed the Unfair Competition Law, also known as Section 17200 of the Business and Professions Code. At the time of its origination, this law allowed public prosecutors and private citizens, acting for themselves or on behalf of the public as...