J. Lo Facing $150,000 Lawsuit Over Single Photo

by / April 21, 2020

A photographer is suing Jennifer Lopez for $150,000 for using a photograph of herself on her own Instagram. Is this a case of “copyright trolling,” or did J. Lo make a costly mistake? More importantly, how can you prevent the same thing from happening to you? The prolific actress and singer was served with the… Read more »

The Rise of E-Sports Raises a Host of New Legal Issues

by / May 31, 2019

The meteoric rise of electronic sports has created a wave of new business opportunities and a host of new legal issues along with them.  In e-sports, participants play online video games and broadcast their gameplay and verbal commentary real-time over the internet while interested fans watch, comment and even bet on outcomes.  The more popular… Read more »

IoT and Its Legal Implications

by / April 30, 2019

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is the extension of internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects, from baby monitors to pacemakers, from toasters to televisions, from DVRs to printers, from thermostats to lights.[1]  Embedded with internet connectivity, software and sensors, IoT devices can communicate and interact with each other in real-time over the internet,… Read more »

Imagine If You Could See the Beatles Again?!

by / April 08, 2019

What is it about human nature that we can’t get enough of a good thing? From nightly childhood readings of Goodnight Moon to binge watching West Wing for the second time, to wearing a college sweatshirt until it is threadbare, it seems we will watch something, wear something or eat something familiar and loved, over trying something new and different, given… Read more »

Ground-Breaking California Consumer Privacy Law

by / April 02, 2019

On June 28, 2018, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) was enacted, which represents a major shift in consumer protection and privacy.[1]  While the CCPA will not go into effect until January 1, 2020, the CCPA empowers consumers with significant new rights concerning how their personal information is collected, used, stored, transmitted and sold, and… Read more »

Sound Trademarks: Heard, but not Seen

by / February 27, 2019

The common understanding of a trademark or service mark is it’s a word, phrase, symbol, or design used to indicate a source of goods or services, and used to distinguish from the goods and services of others. What isn’t so common is a sound used to indicate a source of goods or services, and used to distinguish… Read more »

In the News: U.S. Copyright Office 2.0

by / February 09, 2019

The United States Copyright Office is reimaging itself—literally. Called the Copyright Office Modernization, this initiative is a multi-year effort to transform the Office’s information technology, including registration, recordation, access to public records and information available to the public. The goals, according to the Office, are to 1) build a new enterprise copyright system featuring a user-centered… Read more »

David vs. Goliath: Supermac’s Defeats McDonald’s in Historic EU Trademark Battle

by / January 27, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the Irish fast-food chain, Supermac’s, won a landmark decision against McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s) and convinced the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to cancel the McDonald’s “Big Mac” trademark in the EU. Supermac’s owner Pat McDonagh was a Gaelic football player in the 1960s and his coach and teammates gave him… Read more »

The Floss, Choreography and Copyright

by / January 12, 2019

Anita Redd recently filed two complaints for copyright infringement with the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of her minor son, Russell Horning, that has captivated social media consumers and intellectual property attorneys alike—it made headlines in, among other rags, TMZ, the Variety, Newsweek and The Guardian. What makes Redd’s December 2018 filing so newsworthy… Read more »

Inventorship, Patents and the “Fair Sex”

by / December 21, 2018

It goes without saying that the world of patents in the United States is infused with discovery, from the creation of useful household gadgets to the invention of medical imaging technology. Such discoveries enrich our lives, help us and solve problems. But there is one discovery as it relates to patents that is, frankly, startling,… Read more »