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13 Oct 0
Time Travel and Television

Coming This Fall: A Timely Copyright Dispute

  The fall television season is upon us, with networks busily promoting their new shows in hopes of creating the next lucrative franchise. And new creative endeavors often bring us interesting intellectual property issues. This time, it’s a copyright dispute involving time travel. Ok, not really. But it does involve a show about time travel. […]

4 Oct 0
famous show

Trademark Tools and the Price of “Fame”

Everyone may have his or her fifteen minutes, but there’s always a price to pay for fame. For brand owners, fame brings special challenges as it brings imitators, fans, and social commentary. This is the first in a series of posts about trademark law tools that are specific to famous marks. I recently moderated a […]

22 Sep 0
big bright idea

Should You File a Provisional Patent Application?

Watch out for misleading information! Some websites say you can file a patent application for just a few hundred dollars. You can even do it yourself! “Just complete our simple online questionnaire! Obtain peace of mind that your intellectual property is protected!” Well, it’s not that easy. Your mother was right. If it sounds too […]

19 Aug 0

The Billion Dollar Copyright

The use of photographs and other digital images on the web can be a tricky business. Copyright owners are increasingly taking steps to police their images by monitoring web content using automated means like web scrapers. Many online content creators have had to learn the hard way about the pitfalls and best practices in the […]

16 Aug 0

Trademark Lessons From Crazy Horse Strip Clubs

Better known for juicy tales of mobsters, adult film stars, and general shenanigans, the now-closed Las Vegas strip club “Crazy Horse Too” plays a role in providing important lessons in trademark law. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently put to rest a dispute over the “Crazy Horse” trademark for strip clubs in the United […]

12 Aug 0

Will the Washington Redskins Trademark Dispute Join The Supremes Dance Party?

The trademark disparagement lawsuits continue. As some of our readers may already know, we’ve been tracking and writing about the Washington Redskins football team’s efforts to keep their federal trademark registrations for the REDSKINS name. We’ve also discussed and posted about the dance rock group called “The Slants” entering the fray at the U.S. Patent […]

9 Aug 0

What Does Brexit Mean for European and UK Patents? (Part 2)

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It began after World War II, in large part because many Europeans felt that countries which trade and work closely with each other are less likely to go to war and attempt to invade their partner states. Now, the EU is […]

5 Aug 0

Converse Case Proves Secondary Meaning Requirements Are Getting Tougher

A couple of months ago we spoke about copyright protection for clothing designs. Now it’s time to talk about shoes and trademarks. Converse, the maker of the ubiquitous Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers, filed lawsuits against thirty shoe manufacturers, importers, and retailers over the last two years alleging trademark infringement of its shoe design. Converse […]

3 Aug 0

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: New Federal Law, New Litigation Options

On May 11, 2016, President Obama enacted a new federal trade secret protection law known as the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The DTSA makes federal protection against the misappropriation of trade secrets available to private parties. Before the DTSA, private parties who sought to protect their trade secrets from misappropriation were limited […]

29 Jul 0

Led Zeppelin Lawsuit Rambles On

As we blogged back in April, the estate of Randy Craig Wolfe’s copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin went to trial in California. The verdict is in: a jury found that Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” does not infringe the copyright of Spirit’s “Taurus.” But the litigation is not over yet and so the Led Zeppelin […]