An  article in Crain’s Detroit Business is very informative for any small business. Our experience has been that small businesses don’t consult an attorney until there is a problem. Mark S. Lee’s interview with Detroit-based attorney Jehan Crump-Gibson offers insights for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Remember to consult your attorney when setting up your [...]

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, [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Google Is Waging War on Apps That Attack and Steal From Your Phone Google made sweeping changes late last month to its policies for developers on Play, the official store for apps that run on Android, Google’s smartphone operating system. The changes, which among other things affect how ads are displayed and [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW America’s most profitable company per employee makes your phone work—and it’s not Apple You’d be forgiven for not recognizing the name InterDigital, despite the fact that it has been around since 1972 and developed many of the technologies that are critical to our increasingly mobile, wireless world. As a result, per employee, [...]

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 [...]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Whose Patent is it Anyway? New Bill to End Patent Anonymity Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced a new transparency bill last week called the End Anonymous Patents Act (H.R. 2024, PDF)—the third piece of legislation in the last year to take on the problem of patent trolls. The bill sets out to solve [...]

Melfi & Associates attended this week’s event at Campus Martius Park in an effort to help bring the X Games to Detroit.   There were ramps set up with BMXers and skateboarders riding in the rain’s aftermath, graffiti artists painting, live music from the Beastie Boys’ own Mixmaster Mike, drinks, and tons of people that [...]