Intellectual Property

IP Case Roundup: International Edition

It goes without saying that international laws aren’t a uniform concept. Trespassing in the US is a much different idea, for example, from trespassing in Scotland. But then there’s intellectual property. This bundle of rights exists largely in the same...
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Intellectual Property + Politics = Lawsuits

Intellectual property rights used to be an esoteric concept to most people. But as more people become creators, they’ve learned more about this bundle of rights. It’s easier to see how they apply in real life. But sometimes there are...
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Looking to Cancel Someone’s Copyright? Here’s What You’ll Need to Prove

How would you or the music fan in your life complete this sentence? "Everyday I’m _________" Rapper Rick Ross says the phrase is "Everyday I’m hustlin'," from his classic tune "Hustlin.'" Pop band LMFAO says it’s "Everyday I’m shufflin,'" as...
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The Slants’ Free Speech Victory Changes The Legal Landscape For Trademarks

It finally happened. In Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court handed down a long-awaited decision on a major trademark case, and opened the floodgates for a lot more trademarks to be registered. In Matal, the defendant was the leader of...
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The Courts Have Shaken Up The Intellectual Property Legal Landscape

This spring, within the space of a week, the Court issued two decisions that will have big implications for patentees (patent holders), their customers, and their legal adversaries. At the appellate level, one of the federal circuit courts also issued...
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The Latest in Intellectual Property Law – Big Changes Ahead

It’s that time of year when the Supreme Court hurries to clear the docket before adjourning for summer. And this spring, within the space of a week, SCOTUS issued two decisions that will have big implications for patentees, their customers,...
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Your Personal Name and Branding Advice

If you’ve read any of our prior blogs, you know that at the Lomnitzer Law Firm, we’re big proponents of protecting intellectual property rights. One question we get asked a lot is, what if your intellectual property is your personal...
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Why Music May Be Less Widely Available In The Future

Though you may not have known about it, the government and the music industry recently went to battle. And though you may not have known about it, it affects you whether you’re a musician, a business owner, or a music...
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Led Zeppelin Wins Copyright Lawsuit

It was a memorable trial in which the plaintiff’s lawyer used the defendant’s album artwork as his computer screensaver… the jury got to listen to music from the classic Disney musical Mary Poppins… and one of the world’s greatest guitarists...
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Defend Trade Secrets Act Explained

Does your work involve trade secrets? If it does—or even if you’re not sure—there’s some new legislation that you should know about: the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which was recently signed into law by President Obama. Here’s some information...
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