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Intellectual Property

ABOUT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Our IP & Defamation team are in the business of protecting ideas,defending rights and defending reputation.

Trademarks, Copyright and Patents

Whether you have an invention, trademark, logo, song, software or chemical formula, we can help you obtain the appropriate protection for your intellectual property.

Here For All of Your Intellectual Property Needs Our skilled IP Solicitors are here to assist you throughout the entire life of your matter.

Practice areas:

Patent law: patent searches, patent applications, managing and defending your patent portfolio.

Trade secrets: protecting and defending your trade secrets.

Trademark law: keeping your words, logos and symbols safe from inappropriate use.

Copyright law: protecting your original creative works.

Infringement: representing you or your business in infringement litigation cases.

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Defamation:

Defamation is term used to describe any statement that hurts a person's reputation. Defamation can be broken down in to two types: (1) written; or (2) spoken. If the statement is written, it is called "libel," and if the statement is spoken it is called "slander."

Most obvious sources of defamation occur on the internet and in print media. We can work with agencies to remove this content and seek damages in many forms. The main driver of this occurrence is a false statement of fact with is damaging to your reputation or the reputation of your business.

However, another type of defamation occur far more frequently and often goes unpursued. This is where the plaintiff's reputation or tends to injure the plaintiff in his or her occupation.

Examples of actual defamation cases that brought an employee against their employer :

  • Poor performance review.Jensen v. Hewlett-Packard Co.(1993) 14 Cal.App.4th 958 (if the performance review accuses an employee of "criminal conduct, lack of integrity, dishonesty, incompetence, or reprehensible personal characteristics or behaviour.").
  • Accused of lacking job knowledge. Agarwal v. Johnson (1979) 25 Cal.3d 932 (employee terminated as a result of internal publications concerning his alleged "lack of job knowledge and cooperation." These statements were found to have been "maliciously motivated for the purpose of terminating [the employee]."
  • Questioning an employee's ethics. Cameron v. Wernick (1967) 251 Cal.App.2d 890 (statement was that the plaintiff was "out for a fast buck" "describ[ing] [him as having] questionable ethics.").
  • Calling an employee crazy. Clay v. Lagiss (1956) 143 Cal.App.2d 441 (statement made calling her a "crazy old woman . . . she belonged in an institution and that they were thinking of putting her there.").
  • Being called insubordinate. Biggins v. Hanson (1967) 252 Cal.App.2d 16 (employee was called "disloyal" and "insubordinate" by internal memo by immediate supervisor to personnel manager).
  • Accused of not following office rules. Mercado v. Hoefler (1961) 190 Cal.App.2d 12 (employee "fired for not doing things properly" and "for not following office rules.").
  • Accused of falsifying an expense account. Washer v Bank of America (1943) 21 Cal.2d 822 (bank officer's statement justifying the bank's termination of an employee because he falsified an expense account and had been guilty of flagrant insubordination was libelous per se as it related to plaintiff's qualifications as an employee).
  • Being accused of falsifying invoices. Rider v Superior Court (1988) 199 Cal.App.3d 278 (former supervisor accused employee of falsifying invoices was slanderous per se in that it accused the employee of forgery).
  • Called a "son of a bitch". White v. Valenta (1965) 234 Cal.App.2d 243, 257-258.
  • Accused of stealing money. Davaris v. Cubaleski (1993) 12 Cal.App.4th 1582 (employee was accused of "behind in her work," "stealing money from the company" and "conspiring to steal money.").

The purpose of the right to bring a case for defamation is to recover money for injuries sustained to a person's reputation for a false statement that someone wrote or said. The statement in question must cause the victim to be shunned, ridiculed, or disgraced by friends, family, coworkers, or colleagues; lose business or work as a result of the statement.

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