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In the United States, designs can be protected by design patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade dress.  A design patent covers the ornamental aspects of a useful object.  In a design, any aspects which are merely functional are not protectable by a design patent.  For example,...

For over twenty years I have been representing various early-stage startups in Silicon Valley.  Startups require significant capital, and banks are hesitant to lend funds to small businesses without collateral or personal guarantees.  Therefore, most startups look for early-stage high-risk capital to fund their business,...

The European Union was first to take the initiative to protect consumer’s privacy rights following the Facebook privacy scandal, by enacting the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). California followed suit and recently announced The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), a comprehensive new set of rules...