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Protecting Your Brand: Trade Dress Litigation

Business and Commercial Disputes By Binnall Law Group - 2020/02/21 at 11:11am

Experienced Business Litigation Attorney in Alexandria, VA Intellectual property rights are often associated with copyright, patents, and trademarks, but they are quite a bit broader than many realize — specifically, businesses may own valuable intellectual property in the form of “trade dress.” Trade dress protection extends to the aesthetic flair associated with a particular product, service, or business, and can be a distinct advantage in a competitive marketplace.  The visual identity of a product, service, or business may not only be attractive in and of itself (and therefore entice customers), but in a crowded industry, can also serve to distinguish […]

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Understanding Title IX Reverse Discrimination Claims

Title IX By Binnall Law Group - 2020/02/14 at 11:07am

Experienced Title IX Defense Attorneys In today’s social climate, Title IX proceedings are often biased against male students who have been accused of sexual misconduct.  When this bias undermines the fairness of the Title IX proceedings and thereby has an impact on the student’s rights to equally access educational resources, then an actionable Title IX “reverse discrimination” claim (brought on the basis of gender discrimination) may arise. If you’ve been accused of Title IX sexual misconduct and are currently being investigated on that basis (or have already “lost” the underlying Title IX case and have had penalties imposed as a […]

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The Burden of Proof in Title IX Cases

Title IX By Binnall Law Group - 2020/01/31 at 12:19pm

Experienced Title IX Defense Lawyer If you or a loved one has been accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment in the school setting (including private universities), then the internal proceedings may come under the ambit of Title IX.  Though Title IX was originally intended as a safeguard against discrimination, it has expanded over the decades to protect the victims of sexual misconduct, giving them access to an institutional process through which to punish the perpetrator-student. Depending on the school and the nature of the problematic action, the Title IX dispute may give rise to a wide range of penalties, […]

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Is Your Trade Secret Legally Entitled to Protection?

Litigation By Binnall Law Group - 2020/01/17 at 12:07pm

Experienced Business Litigation Attorney in Alexandria, VA Many business owners are confused as to the legal protections granted to trade secrets, and whether their specific “secretive” information will be entitled to such protection.  Under the law, protected trade secrets may not be misappropriated by third-parties — should that happen, the business (that owns the trade secret) will have a right of action for damages. It’s important to recognize that a trade secret must meet the following criteria to entitle its owner to protection under the law: It must be economically advantageous; It must be confidential; and Reasonable efforts must have […]

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