The Federal Trade Commission Act and Its Affect On Advertising

The law forbids businesses from including baseless statements or assertions in their advertisements.  According to the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA), a business must ensure that their representations are not misleading or unfair, and [...]
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Copyright Protection And Fair Use

Authors often want to understand the eligibility of their writings for copyright protection. Legal copyright registration provides the copyright holder with a collection of special rights. Under the U.S. Copyright Act, a rightful owner maintains [...]
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Non-Compete Agreements — Are They Enforceable?

Courts typically disfavor “covenants not to compete” or “non-compete agreements.”  Therefore, the terms and provisions of these contracts must not be overly restrictive of the employee.  In order for a non-compete to be upheld, the [...]
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Oral Contracts & The Statute of Frauds – Is The Agreement Binding?

There is a widespread misconception that verbal contracts are unenforceable.  Nevertheless, a contract made orally with another party, without embodying the particular terms in a signed writing, can still be valid and binding. Even so, any [...]
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The Parol Evidence Rule & How It Affects Your Contract

One of the purposes behind memorializing an agreement in a written document is to ensure that the parties to the contract do not recant what they originally agreed upon.  Often, parties may dispute contractual terms if contracts are not working [...]
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Trade Secret Vs. Patent Protection

Many business owners wonder which type of Intellectual Property protection is the best fit for their business purposes?  A “trade secret” is intellectual property that is kept private in order to maintain its financial value in the marketplace.  [...]
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Inventors have a right to protect their inventions through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). With the creation of a device come a bundle of property rights issued by the United States Government.   A patent prevents all [...]
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Capacity to Contract—Minors, The Mentally Disabled, & The Intoxicated

The value and success of a business often rests on the ability of the principals involved to make and enforce contracts with third-parties.  However, if the person who entered into a particular agreement did not have the “capacity to contract” [...]
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Federal Trademark Registration

There are many advantages to registering a mark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  A licensed trademark can provide “constructive notice” to customers on a national basis.  Moreover, if there is a lawsuit, a valid [...]

Miami, Florida Entertainment Lawyers

The attorneys of Manos Alwine, P.L. in Miami, Florida have a long history of representing clients in commercial litigation and entertainment law. Are you considering filing a breach of contract lawsuit in Miami FL or have a question about copyright [...]