INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Creative Commons Policy Statement Supports Real Copyright Reform Creative Commons, the non-profit best known for its copyright licenses that allow creators to voluntarily waive certain automatically-granted exclusive rights, has released a powerful new policy statement supporting fundamental copyright reform around the globe. This statement works to counter any argument that simply having [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Google Seeks Protection to Copy Books Without Permission Google Inc., owner of the world’s largest search engine, tried to persuade a judge that digitally copying millions of books for online searches without authors’ permission is protected by copyright law. The company argued Monday in federal court in Manhattan that the fair-use provision [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW When Startups Seek Patent Trolls as Saviors, the System Has Failed It turns out two tech startups have banded together with patent trolls in order to fight off insane instances of patent assertion. While this sentence may cause you to do a double take, it’s sadly true. In the face of costly, [...]

It can be difficult to get all of these items straight, and know how to protect your business. We’ve created a chart based on our recent webinar that helps walk you through the various types of protection.     Are you protecting your ideas and investions? Melfi Associates can help you ensure ownership and value over [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Trolling Effects: Taking on Patent Trolls with Your Help n the midst of a tidal wave of momentum in the fight against patent trolls, we’re proud to launch Trolling Effects (, a resource to empower would-be victims of patent trolls through a crowdsourced database of patent demand letters and a clearinghouse for [...]

DIGITAL LAW Facebook Stock Surges 25% After Beating Wall Street Expectations It took more than a year, but it looks like Facebook has finally impressed Wall Street. Facebook’s stock opened above $33 a share on Thursday, its highest opening price since the day after it went public last May, after smashing Wall Street’s expectations with [...]

Mashable recently posted a list of 9 Key Items that most businesses can miss in their social media strategy. Each one was provided by an expert in their own right. While some items may seem trivial or like common sense, curator Gerber makes a great point: “The devil’s in the details when it comes to [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Tesla vs. Local Car Dealers: White House Petition Nears Deadline Tesla sells its electric cars directly to customers, but car dealers in many states in the U.S. don’t want to face the competition of direct sales of new cars. This is a crucial issue for Tesla, whose business model depends on direct [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY  The White House Takes Aim at Patent Trolls Frustration with patent trolls, and momentum for reform, has been building for some time now. Today, the stakes got even higher when the White House announced that it was actively taking on the troll problem. This is big news, and not just because of the [...]

If you’re scouring the Internet looking at the millions of photos that come in on a simple Google search, then think again before you copy and paste a photo to use on your website.   Getty Images owns millions of the photographs online, and they have a bot that searches the Internet looking for their [...]