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Author Archives: Brad Frazer

Businesses are evolving to counter cyberattacks (access required)

Idaho businesses are focusing on cybersecurity in a variety of ways. Spurred by many prominent hacks that have garnered national attention and spawned class action lawsuits around the country, business leaders know being connected to the internet creates risks that ...

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Copyright, a musician’s stock in trade

Music is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. The engine behind this monstrous financial machine is not, principally, the sale of goods or services as would be the case in a typical industry. A musician’s “stock in trade” ...

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The top five internet law issues for Idaho businesses

In Idaho, businesses compete domestically and internationally from a state that’s not geographically proximate to a hub of commerce, such as Seattle or Portland. The internet is the principle vehicle most customers use to find and research many Idaho businesses. ...

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It’s the first $50K that kills you

Clients and potential clients inevitably ask some variant of the question, “Can I?” For example, “Can I copy these lyrics and use them in my novel?” Or, “Can I use this trademark even though someone else is already using it?” ...

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The biggest legal risk you never heard of

I used to work for a technology company that engaged a lot of outside vendors to assist it with what I call “IT implementations.” These included everything from customized software development and deployment to hardware configuration and installation to data ...

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Let’s talk about privacy

Everyone seems to be concerned about privacy these days, and rightly so. There is much talk about identity theft and cell phone hacking and cameras in hotel rooms and naughty celebrity videos and websites like Gawker and TheDirty. All of ...

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Software licensing and you

How many software licenses does your company have? Let’s start with the easy ones: Microsoft Windows for the PC-based computers in your organization, and iOS for the Apple products you own. Then we add the applications, like Microsoft Word and ...

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Trade secrets add value to your company

Imagine what would happen if Pepsi knew how to make Coca Cola. Not a mere knock-off, but the exact thing: Coke Classic in all its caffeinated, sugar-laden glory, complete with just a hint of lime essence. What would happen? Well, ...

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Plan now for your exit with intangible assets

Because I am an intellectual property attorney, I see value in intangibles. If your start-up makes and sells wheelbarrows or shoes or widgets, the balance sheet entries associated with those tangible assets are relatively straightforward. So when you have your ...

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‘Trademark’ is not a verb

“Trademark” is not a verb. It is a noun. In the United States, trademark rights accrue through use, not through registration. This means that when a mark is affixed to goods that are sold in interstate commerce, or used in ...

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