On Monday, April 15th, 2019 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Iancu v. Brunetti, which will likely address whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Erik Brunetti, a streetwear icon, was barred by the USPTO for receiving a trademark registration because his clothing company FUCT was considered immoral or scandalous.
While some legal jobs are on the decline, there are 40 practice areas that did not exist 15 years ago, many of which impact intellectual property law.
The creator of the song "Harlem Shake" is exploring all possible legal options for the takedown of Ajit Pai's video that uses the song.
A judge approved a deal for the production of a documentary about Prince's life, which is estimated to earn his estate an eight-figure sum.
A Brooklyn jury found that the graffiti on the 5Pointz complex, despite its transient nature, should be considered art and was illegally destroyed.
The production company behind the Simpsons has filed trademark applications for their closing credits logo, animation, and jingle.
The Zappa siblings are involved in an ongoing trademark battle, which Dweezil has outlined in a lengthy personal blog post.
Australian cannabis companies are dealing with IP difficulties similar to those of US cannabis companies. This post compares the jurisdictions and the options for seeking protection through Plant Breeder's Rights, patents, and The Open Cannabis Project.
If you’re an intellectual property attorney, you know that punctuality for filings is central to your firm’s success. You’ve likely lost sleep worrying about your client’s filing deadlines and knowing that a missed deadline would be a nightmare in more ways than one. We have outlined some ethical considerations and solutions that will help ensure you never miss a deadline and consequently have an efficient, stress-free practice.
In advance of the release of the second season, a Stranger Things-themed bar popped up in Chicago. Netflix sent the owners a really wonderful cease and desist, promising a fair deal and a warning that "the demogorgon isn't always as forgiving."
A mistake on the title card of Night of the Living Dead led to an explosion of zombie (movie) apocalypses.
Any good product requires a considerable amount of planning. As we highlighted in our previous blog post, some companies will go to great lengths to keep these plans secret. Other companies, particularly smaller ones with less structured, anticipated, or secretive releases, do not go to the same lengths, which means by running some trademark searches we might be able to find clues for what is coming down the pipeline.
If confirmed by the Senate, Andrei Iancu is set to be the next head of the USPTO.