n Without Prejudice - The lost Van Gogh in your attic : contract law
|Article Title||The lost Van Gogh in your attic : contract law|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Affiliations||1 Adams and Adams|
|Publication Date||Nov 2011|
|Pages||34 - 35|
Ever wondered if that neglected painting next to the fossilised tin of Plascon Velvaglo in the corner of your attic is a lost Van Gogh, Picasso or De Goya? The recent "Bratz" decision in Carter Bryant v. Mattel Inc. (2:04-cv-09049, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California) suggests that business owners should perhaps turn a keener eye to the identification and protection of their hidden treasures. For businesses, this may be know-how, trade secrets and other constituents of their goodwill. Prudence is especially advisable in the current economic climate, when balance sheets may soon be combed for buoys to keep us afloat.
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