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October 2012 Archives

Copyrights to Superman character to stay with Warner Bros.

For some Colorado companies, intellectual property and copyrights are their superpower that allows them to succeed and grow and that holds true for Warner Bros. as well. Recently a judge ruled that the company will retain the copyrights to the Superman character originally created by Joe Shuster. Heirs to Joe Shuster's estate attempted to reassert their rights to the Superman character despite a U.S. District Court judge's 1992 ruling which granted those rights to DC Comics shortly after the artist's death. The Superman character first appeared in 1938 and has remained a powerful image and even a brand some might say for almost 75 years.

Denver tech talent and new federal programs aimed at startups

Apparently the White House thinks enough of our Denver area technical talent to tap into them in an effort to get their thoughts on the development of new government backed programs that are aimed at helping new startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs have a shot at government contracts. Anyone who has ever started a business knows how difficult it can be to not only get your business off the ground but break the barrier to winning large government IT contracts that can make or break a business.

Samsung aims to get a new trial against Apple patent infringement

No doubt anyone in Colorado or elsewhere has heard about the numerous patent infringement lawsuits currently being litigated around the globe. Just recently, Samsung was handed more than a $1 billion defeat in the patent infringement case against Apple and now it wants a new trial because the jury foreman did not disclose some rather interesting litigation he was involved in back in 1993. The jury foreman was sued by his former employer, Seagate, after he filed for bankruptcy. Samsung has a strategic relationship with Seagate and because of that substantial connection the jury foreman may have been biased in the case, claims Samsung.

How to prevent workplace discrimination against veterans

With so many of our armed forces veterans returning home from active duty we found this recent article discussing the seven signs of employment discrimination against veterans rather timely. In the spirit of helping Denver-area employers remain compliant here are seven of the most commonly seen signs of workplace discrimination against veterans as well as the laws that protect them.