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New TEDx Video: Watch John Rizvi’s Inspirational Talk For Inventors & Innovators In South Florida

I got some fantastic news last night from the organizers of TEDx: They have finally published my recent TEDx Talk on YouTube that had one critical, important message: Launching Your Idea Full Throttle Is The Only Option. It was a deeply personal journey for me because it focused on key milestones in my life that changed my trajectory as a patent attorney forever and allowed me to meet some of America’s most prolific and innovative inventors. Many of them, just like myself, started out with humble beginnings before making their mark on this nation’s entrepreneurial landscape. I hope you enjoy the presentation and would sincerely appreciate it if you could share with friends, family, colleagues and any aspiring inventors. Sincerely,

Preventing Unfair Business Competition

As any successful entrepreneur will tell you, there are a multitude of competitive risks faced by companies that, although unfair, are perfectly legal. As such, the term “unfair competition law” is actually an illusory term and one of the most difficult areas of intellectual property to define.   Unfair competition law encompasses a variety of types of commercial or business conduct including acts of trademark and trade dress infringement, false advertising, dilution, and trade secret theft. Unlike other areas of intellectual property protection, such as patent and copyright law, unfair competition claims are not pre-empted by federal law and may involve both federal and state causes of action. The purpose of unfair competition doctrines is to protect consumers and competitors from deceptive or unethical conduct in commerce. The typical unfair competition situation exists, for example, when a business represents its goods or services in a manner that buyers confuse the