Posted on October 22, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Can you state the difference between an idea and the expression of that idea? Don’t worry if it doesn’t slip off your tongue. This distinction one of the most difficult areas of copyright law but far from academic because copyright law doesn’t protect ideas, but it does protect expressions of ideas. And this distinction remains key to technology copyright cases. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Intellectual Property, Legal Topics | Tagged: business litigation, computer commands, copyright, copyright infringement, Copyright Revision Act of 1976, idea versus expression, idea-expression dichotomy, inventions, new technology, patents | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 20, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Attorneys spend a lot of time working with support staff, particularly paralegals, but get no training in law school on how to successfully navigate this important relationship. Here are some tips to help you get the most effective assistance from your support staff. Continue reading
Filed under: Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice, Young Lawyers | Tagged: attorneys, legal assistant, legal support staff, opening a law practice, paralegal, practice of law | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 17, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
To the victor go the spoils. But that doesn’t mean the prevailing party can get whatever it wants in claimed costs. If you disagree with the costs listed in the prevailing party’s costs memorandum, file and serve a motion to tax costs. Here’s how. Continue reading
Filed under: Appeals, Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy | Tagged: cost memorandum, motion to strike costs, motion to tax costs, post-trial motion, prevailing party, trial costs | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 15, 2014 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Elizabeth G. Blust, a solo practitioner in San Diego. Her practice focuses mainly on estate planning and probate. Law is her second career following over ten years in real estate development.
So you want to attend that networking event at the local bar association but you’ve never done this before? Not to worry. Here are five tips to help you survive that first trek into networking.
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Posted on October 10, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Before you get to the substantive questions, make sure to ask these four important preliminary questions in every deposition you take. Continue reading
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Posted on October 8, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Volunteers and for-profit businesses shouldn’t be served together. That lesson has proved to be fatal for a small California winery. Continue reading
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Posted on October 6, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When you start eliciting testimony on your expert witness’s qualifications, the other side may offer to “waive the testimony concerning qualifications” or concede that the witness is specially qualified to testify as an expert. It may seem like a gift horse—but it’s often a Trojan horse. Continue reading
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