Weekly IP Buzz for week ending in August 3, 2018
Here's a summary of interesting developments in intellectual property, technology, social media, and Internet law for the week ending August 3, 2018.
Live Streaming of Uber/Lyft Passengers Raise New Privacy Concerns
Recording of Everyday Activities Has Become Common
These days, it has become a common practice to find people willing to live stream and broadcast every aspect of their lives on social streaming networks such as Twitch, Mixer, Facebook, and Instagram. Known as “in real-life” streaming, broadcasters have been able to share what used to be considered more-private aspects of their lives to viewers online at any time. Live streaming activities may include, for example, working out at the gym, cooking dinner at home, and even body-painting.
While live broadcasting was previously used more predominantly in the online adult industry, it has become increasingly socially acceptable to used the Internet to simply watch others go about their daily routines and execute even mundane tasks. With the potential for Internet fame and even content monetization, online broadcasters have increasingly pushed the envelope of what they are willing to share online. Read more about Data Privacy.
Want Pizza, Burritos and Booze Delivered This Weekend? There's eCommerce for That
The explosion of eCommerce continues to transform how we connect with everyday products and services. When Amazon started selling books online in 1994, few (except perhaps Steve Jobs) could envision our phones would be smart, and we’d have apps to order pizza or a case of beer, but that’s all possible today.
If you’re launching an eCommerce strategy, you can learn a lot by examining the approaches taken by food and beverage players Dominos, Chipotle and major liquor distributors, as noted below. You will also find several tips in this post to help you weigh options and protect your intellectual property rights along the way. Read more about how Domino's, Chipotle, and Liquor Distributors deliver.
What's Brewing with Craft Beers?
When you think of fall, you think of football and beer but you don’t think of the just the “Big Beers.” Today, it’s all about craft beers. The craft beer industry continues to grow as new craft breweries are popping up constantly, bringing interesting new beers and brands to the market. But in an industry of more than 3,000 craft breweries, finding unique brand names is a challenge. There are only so many plays on the word “hop.” And in the crowded craft beer industry, conflicts over trademarks are inevitable.
So what can craft beer brewers do to establish a strong brand identity and avoid conflicts? Read more about Trademark Protection.
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Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charitable movement devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time, and publishes Thriving Attorney, a blog dedicated to exploring the business of the practice of law, productivity and performance for attorneys, and other topics such as law firm leadership and management, law firm culture, and business development for attorneys.
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