Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property in the Metaverse

The coming impact of the Metaverse raises many critical questions about the intellectual property rights of individuals and businesses. While there is no doubt that intellectual property rights extend to the internet, the purported blending of the physical and virtual...
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Mark Twain: Writer, Humorist… Inventor?

Mark Twain is best known for penning literary classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and his razor-sharp wit, but few people realize he was also an inventor. He received three patents during his lifetime and used the proceeds from...
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The Countdown Is On–The Mickey Mouse Copyright Expires In 2024

Mickey Mouse may be Florida’s most famous resident, but he also has a lot of friends in Washington, DC. Over the past few decades, desperate pleas from Disney have inspired lawmakers to extend copyright protections for Mickey Mouse and other...
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Lies, Damned Lies, And Inequitable Conduct

"Let others lie. But let you and me make it the rule to lie for revenue only." This tongue-in-cheek advice from Mark Twain has been taken to heart by some creators who are so eager to capitalize on their ideas...
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Potential Patent Waivers For COVID Vaccines Highlight International IP Protections

This spring, President Biden announced that the United States would support waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in order to quickly get more vaccines to more people around the world. The response to this move has been mixed, which...
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Lomnitzer Law Is Helping South Florida Brands And College Athletes Connect

On July 1, a new Florida law granting college athletes the right to profit off of their names, images, and likenesses went into effect. This new law, combined with new rules from the NCAA and individual institutions, opens the door...
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Trademarking a Sound Is a Sound Business Strategy

The MGM®  lion’s roar. The iconic “dun-dun” in episodes of Law & Order. The marimba ringtone that comes as the default ringtone on iPhones. There are certain sounds you can hear in your head just by reading a written description...
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Winning Streak Turns Tampa Bay Into Champa Bay

During the past year, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Rays made it to the World Series, and the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. The teams gave all of us in South Florida something to cheer for in the...
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Taming The Wild West Of NFTs

Frederic Remington made a name for himself in the art world by capturing the spirit of the wild west in his sculptures and paintings. Even if you aren’t familiar with his name, you have probably seen a copy of one...
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Can I Patent That?

Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the United States Constitution gives Congress the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings...
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