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Elaine Cruz

Elaine Cruz is a certified Paralegal who has been working in the legal field for over 20 years. Her emphasis is on litigation support for Federal and State Court matters and Trademark prosecution. Elaine’s litigation experience and vast knowledge of the “ins and outs” of the court system and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) enable her to efficiently support our attorneys from onset to post-trial.

Elaine gained the discipline to fastidiously maintain records and track details for complex cases in Construction and Bankruptcy law, and has a special compassion and ability to interact with clients on a personal level that comes from here background in Family and Elder Law. Elaine enjoys helping people by easing their mind through the litigation of a civil injustice, by helping them seek relief from overwhelming financial burdens, or by helping them save their hard-earned life savings for their children through asset preservation.

Now, Elaine enjoys being part of the future through her work in Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property is about “starting something” — a new idea, a new company, a new brand, a new design, a new piece of art, a new work of literature. Elaine joined the firm in 2007 and quickly became a vital member of the team.

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The Death of Non-Compete Agreements in CA

Many employers prefer Employment Agreements that contain non-compete language. While often thought to be desirable by employers, in California the large majority of such contracts are no good. The view of the California Supreme Court is and has been that California Business & Professions Code 16600 unambiguously prohibits post-employment restrictions that limit an employee’s ability to […]

Posted on September 19, 2014

Monkey Business: Are Animal Selfies Copyrightable?

Monkeys conducting monkey business get no respect and no legal rights when it comes to photography. In 2011, British photographer David J. Slater was shooting photos at a park in Indonesia when a monkey known as a crested black macaque swiped one of his cameras. According to Slater, “they were quite mischievous, jumping all over my equipment […]

Posted on September 10, 2014

Are Software Patents Dead?

In the recent Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) decision the U.S. Supreme Court articulated the notion that mere implementation of abstract idea using a computer does not make an idea eligible for patent protection. The fallout from this decision has resulted in the United States Patent and Trademark Office […]

Posted on September 7, 2014