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Authors: Lanning G. Bryer, Danielle Weitzman | Practices: , , | Tags: , ,

Resistance is Futile: Axanar Productions settles with CBS and Paramount to end copyright infringement suit over fan film

Axanar will finally beam down to YouTube after CBS and Paramount Pictures (“Paramount”) reached a settlement with Axanar Productions to end all ongoing litigation regarding the Star Trek fan film. After the success of their 21-minute fan film...

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Author: Kevin Thompson | Practices: , , , | Tags: , , , , , ,

A Multi-Layered Approach to Packaging Protection

The way in which a product looks or how it is packaged and sold can often be a driving force in the consumer’s purchasing decision. Yet, the intellectual property rights available for product designs and packaging are anything but straightforward...

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Author: John Richards | Practices: | Tags: ,

Copyright protection available to surface ornamentation of cheerleader’s uniforms: Star Athletica v Varsity Brands

On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in the case of Star Athletica LLC v Varsity Brands LLC affirmed a decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that copyright protection could exist in surface ornamentation of cheerleader’s...

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Authors: George Sciarrino, Matthew D. Asbell | Practices: , , , , | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

THE DESIGNER FORMERLY KNOWN AS…INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES ARISING FROM PERSONAL NAMES AS FASHION BRANDS

Kate Spade, Paul Frank, Joseph Abboud, Catherine Malandrino, and Karen Millen—aside from being well-known designers, all have something else in common; they no longer own the right to use their personal names as their brands. In the fashion...

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Author: Matthew D. Asbell | Practices: , , , , , , , | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RESOLUTIONS FOR THE C-SUITE

Innovative solutions are the foundation of almost every successful company. Tied to almost everything your company creates, every item it produces and sells, every service it provides and every way in which it is marketed, are potential intellectual...

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Author: John Richards | Practices: , , , | Tags: , , , ,

COPYRIGHT PROTECTION FOR MASS-PRODUCED ARTICLES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Prior to a recent change in the law, copyright protection in an artistic work expired after 25 years if articles embodying the work had been applied industrially (defined as making more than fifty articles).  This kept the period of protection for...

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