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Top 5 Risks For Grocers That Are Often Uninsured

Grocery retailers traditionally face a number of risks that are not covered by typical property, crime or cyber insurance programs. A new white paper report from global independent insurance broker Lockton — “Insuring the Operational Risks of Grocers with Intangible …

Etsy Sued by Investors Alleging Firm Hid Products’ Trademark Risks

Etsy Inc. is facing fraud claims from investors after allegations that millions of items sold through its online crafts and specialty wares marketplace likely violate trademarks. Investors filed a proposed class action against the Brooklyn, New York-based company and its …

Copyright Claim Against Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Moved to California

A lawsuit claiming that Stairway to Heaven was filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit has survived its first legal challenge. The Philadelphia judge in the copyright infringement case against Led Zeppelin ruled yesterday that the suit shouldn’t be …

Miami Pop Artist Britto Charges Apple with Copyright Infringement

Artist Romero Britto is suing Apple Inc. and a design firm in Miami federal court, accusing them of misusing his color-splashed images and distinctive style in marketing campaigns. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Cupertino, California-based Apple and the design …

Freedom Specialty, IPISC to Offer Intellectual Property Insurance Products

Freedom Specialty’s Programs underwriting has partnered with Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corp. (IPISC) to offer intellectual property insurance products. The policy offers broad coverage provisions for startups to established companies. The policy will offer coverage on a claims-made basis with …

U.S. Trade Rep Sees Progress on Pacific Trade Pact

The final form of an ambitious Pacific trade pact is coming into focus, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Tuesday as he urged Congress get behind the U.S. trade agenda. In remarks prepared for delivery to key congressional committees, …

Washington Artist’s ‘Angry Birds’ Lawsuit Goes Forward

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Seattle, Wash. artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called “Angry Birds.” Juli Adams designed the plush “Angry Birds” toys in 2006 for The Hartz Mountain …

Technology Firms Having Success Against ‘Patent Trolls’

For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google’s online ads to Apple’s iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions …

CFC Underwriting Launches Intellectual Property Product

Specialist lines underwriting agency CFC has launched an intellectual property product focused on small and medium sized companies. The product can cover the costs associated with a number of intellectual property exposures including infringement. According to Erik Alsegard, Intellectual Property …

Duke University in Trademark Shootout with John Wayne Family

Bloomberg John Wayne Enterprises LLC, a family business set up to protect rights associated with the late movie actor, asked a federal court to declare that its trademarks don’t infringe those of Duke University. In a complaint brought July 3 …