Supreme Court Distinguishes Design Features from Useful Articles

Every year the Supreme Court continues to distill and define the rules of intellectual property law, and this year is no different. There are several cases before the high court in this term that involve intellectual property rights, including one about whether a copyrightable or patentable design feature can be distinguished and protected from a…

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9th Circuit Issues Wrongful Termination Decision

In Santillan v. USA Waste of California, Inc., a 53-year old garbage truck driver filed an action against his employer of 32 years alleging a wrongful termination claim based on age discrimination and retaliation.  Gilberto Santillan (“Santillan”) had an exemplary employee record and was rarely disciplined during his first 30 years at USA Waste of…

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