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A term used in trademark law to denote when a descriptive trade name or other trademark used in connection with a good or service comes to be uniquely associated in the minds of the public with that particular good or service. When a descriptive trade name or trademark acquires secondary meaning, trademark law protects it against confusingly similar uses by others.

Synonyms: For more information see the Trademark section of the legal guide.
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A defamatory statement, usually made orally, in which damages are not presumed and must be proven by the party suing.

See also: Defamation
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A sole proprietorship is a business owned by a single individual.

Synonyms: Sole proprietorship, for more information see the Sole Proprietor section of the legal guide.
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The product of a legislative body (i.e., a law).

Statute of limitations search for term

A statute applying to both civil and criminal cases that requires suit or prosecution within a prescribed period of time following the injury or the date of the crime.

Statutory damages search for term

Damages which are awarded as defined by statute, rather than by common (case) law.

See also: Damages
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An order to compel an individual or entity to give testimony on a particular subject, often before a court, but sometimes in other proceedings (such as a Congressional inquiry).

See also: Subpoena duces tecum
Subpoena duces tecum search for term

A type of subpoena that requires the witness to produce documentary evidence pertinent to a proceeding. From the Latin duces tecum, meaning "you shall bring with you."

See also: Subpoena
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