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Applebee’s No Tech Tuesday Trademark Application

Applebee’s, the restaurant chain, has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect the phrase NO TECH TUESDAYS as a trademark. The application applies to the following services (beware – trademark law involves a lot of capital letters): RESTAURANT AND BAR SERVICES, INCLUDING RESTAURANT CARRYOUT SERVICES. But has Applebee’s damaged its chances at a trademark registration with statements made about the application to the press?

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Social Media Law: Can Employers Require Disclaimers by Employees?

It’s been a while since I took a look at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its rulings on employer social media policies. A recent case involving the grocery chain Kroger addressed the question of whether employers can require employees to post a disclaimer whenever they communicate about work-related issues online. This is an exploration of an evolving part of social media law.

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Avoiding Issues With the New .XXX Domain

Recently, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved .xxx to join the elite ranks of .edu, .org, and, of course, .com as the next domain extension. As the name implies, .xxx will effectively try to create a voluntary Internet red light district for pornographic websites. It’s not hard to imagine why .xxx would be controversial, but why is .xxx necessary? The reasoning is that it will be far easier for search engines, employers, and schools to block any domains ending in .xxx. While this is good news for schools that want to protect against adult content, it…

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