Celebrity tattoos are constantly making headlines and it appears that the art form is only gaining popularity. A recent Pew Research Center survey from 2017 stated that close to 40 percent of adults ages 18-29 have at least one tattoo. With tattoos becoming more common, litigation over the ownership and use of tattoos has also seen an uptick over the past ten years. Despite this increase in litigation, some of the questions tattoos raise in the areas of copyright and trademark law are still very unclear.
CBS has sued a photographer for copyright infringement for publishing stills from a TV show.
A judge affirmed his initial ruling against Lions Gate in a case over a parody of the signature move from Dirty Dancing, answering the question of whether the material was protected by copyright or trademark.
Costco's decision to make and sell "Tiffany" rings made them $3.7 million. They now must pay $19 million to Tiffany & Co.
Planet Money asks a question we've all had: Can you patent a steak?
A federal appeals court upheld the invalidation of the "podcasting patent" with a little help from the EFF.
Alt Legal presents the newest episode of Alt Trademarks, a biweekly podcast hosted by Hannah Samendinger. Alt Trademarks discusses the latest news in trademark law, features interviews with prominent trademark professionals, and contemplates the issues trademark professionals face.
This month, I had the opportunity to attend the International Trademark Association annual conference in Hong Kong. For those of you not familiar with the annual INTA conference, it's a five-day event with over 8,000 international IP professionals, complete with educational sessions, networking events, and exhibitors. Perhaps most interesting for the team at Plainlegal was the USPTO's User Meeting with Deborah Cohn (the USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks), Sharon Marsh (the USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination), and Mary Denison (the USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations). Here are the highlights from the talk: