Stan Lee, the Creator Who Mismanaged His Intellectual Property

Stan Lee died yesterday, November 12th, 2018, and the super-heroes are mourning. He was a pop culture revolutionary, a writer, an editor, and publisher of superheroes’ stories that where human, complete with self-doubts and fragility who, nonetheless, overcame their flaws to triumph against villains. He was a prolific producer of wealth, but not for himself. Films based on his characters have produced approximately 24 billions of dollars worldwide, according to an estimate by The Numbers,…

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Client Spotlight: NX-Nardcotix Fiercely Protects Its Electronic Designs on Second Life

There is a world where all your little heart’s desires can come true: You live in a beautiful custom-designed mansion with a sparkling swimming pool where you gather your beautiful, model-like friends while you sashay a firm, bikini-clad body, martini in hand. It is called Second Life. Second Life is a virtual word launched in 2003 which has approximately a million regular users. Users create avatars of themselves to interact with places, objects, and other…

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Pharrell Williams Threatens to Sue White House for Playing “Happy” After Synagogue Shooting

Even though President Trump and his family are avid traders of trademarks and manage their last name as a brand in multiple industries, he does not seem to respect others’ intellectual property as he should. Once again, a musician has sent through his lawyers a cease and desist letter to the White House for the use of music in Trump’s political rallies without permission. We already wrote about other complaints to the White House in…

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Ride Share Alternatives: Tripstars Offers Professional Services that Challenges Uber and Lyft

It takes guts to compete against Uber and Lyft, the giants of the rideshare universe, but a company in Phoenix is offering personalized ride share services at better prices for the consumer while providing above-industry incentives to qualified new drivers to join. TripStars is such a company. An immigrant-owned rideshare enterprise serving the metro-phoenix area, Tripsart has a passion for doing things differently. How can a company compete the tech giants?  By offering better, local services…

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Investors Can Contribute to Economic Development Through Opportunity Zones

Investors have a new tool to develop certain areas where poverty and unemployment drag the community down.  This tool is called Opportunity Zones (OZ). Opportunity zones are designations that bring investors, state and federal governments together to benefit certain areas overlooked by investments thanks to a legislation created in 2018 called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines OZ as economically distressed communities where new investments may be eligible for preferential tax…

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