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First-Time Criminal Charges Are Filed by DOJ Against Known Chinese Military State Hackers for Cyber Espionage

On May 19, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania unsealed a 31-count indictment charging five officers in the Chinese Army with crimes including conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, economic espionage, and trade secret theft. While most experts consider the chances of the five officers standing trial in the United States to be slim to none, the indictment does signal a high-profile escalation of DOJ efforts to combat hacking, cyber theft, and cyber espionage.    Read More ›

Color Me Confused?

Over the years, several companies have successfully obtained and defended trademarks for a single color. UPS registered the color chocolate brown for transportation and delivery services, specifically its vehicles and uniforms. (Reg. No. 2,901,090). Tiffany’s has several registrations for its signature robin egg blue color used on its boxes, bags, catalogues, jewelry, and other products and services. (Reg. Nos. 4,177,892; 2,359,351; 2,416,795; 2,416,794; 2,184,128). Owens Corning has several registrations for the color pink for insulation and other building and construction products. (Reg. Nos. 3,165,001; 2,380,742; 2,380,445; 2,090,588; 1,439,132). 3M’s registrations for yellow POST-IT® notes. Reg. No. 2,390,667). More and more, companies are utilizing non-traditional marks like color, sound, and scent to distinguish their products and services and attract consumers. Read More ›