Authors: David C. Brezina, | Practices: , , , | Tags: , , , , ,

Cease and Desist Letters Need to Balance Effectiveness While Considering Consequences

Letters demanding that a company “cease and desist” what the sender of the letter deems an infringement of the sender’s intellectual property rights – whether patent, trademark or copyright – are communications primarily to achieve...

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Author: Marisa Masters (L&P Intern) | Co-Author: Robert Peverada | Practices: , | Tags: , , ,

REMEMBERING TWO OF THE SPOOKIEST HALLOWEEN COPYRIGHT CASES

With Halloween 2020 approaching, we thought it was important to remember two of the spookiest of intellectual property cases, in particular, those copyright cases addressing issues with well-known horror movies. GALLAGHER v. LIONS GATE...

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Author: Jose Landivar | Practices: , , , | Tags: , , ,

THE MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT: A PRIMER FOR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS

On October 11, 2018, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law resulting in one of the most significant legislative changes to the copyright law in the United States in the last 50 years. The bipartisan legislation, which was written by...

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

IT’S 2018: THE IMPACT OF IP DECISIONS FROM 2017

2017 saw a bumper crop of Supreme Court decisions on intellectual property matters around the world including eight by the United States Supreme Court, two by the Canadian Supreme Court, and two by the United Kingdom Supreme Court. U.S. Supreme...

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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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