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Gene Simmons tells Rockers Hands Off My Hand Gesture, Gives a Lesson in Genericness and Trademarks

June 16, 2017

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June 16, 2017

News broke recently that Gene Simmons, co-frontman of the iconic rock group KISS, is trying to register the "devil horns" hand gesture as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  This iconic hand symbol basically serves as the lingua franca for rock...

March 27, 2017

Bortz Law Firm is pleased to announce that partner Mikhael Bortz has joined the Chicago Underground Film Festival as Special Events Programmer. Fresh off her recent tours of the Sundance and Slamdance film festivals, Mikhael will bring her years of film and music indus...

December 31, 2016

The fair use factors are easy to recite, but not so easy to apply. So what is a filmmaker to do?

June 26, 2016

Top row: Apple; Second row: Romero Britto. Image credit: court filings

Successful artist and global entrepreneur Romero Britto has amicably resolved his legal dispute with Apple Inc. and artists, Craig & Karl. 

"Britto Central Inc. is pleased to announce that it has amic...

May 9, 2016

Bortz Law Firm is pleased to announce that partner Mikhael Bortz will be participating in Lake FX, giving her presentation I.P. Autopsy: Lessons in Respecting and Protecting Creative Intellectual Property. Join Mikhael as she performs fun "post-mortems" on intellectual...

April 10, 2016


Screen grab from AEO website showing AHOL mural


Miami's most famous street artist AHOL Sniffs Glue (government name David Anasagasti) was in the news quite a bit over the past year or so due to his copyright infringement lawsuit against American Eagle Outfitters. AHOL...

February 8, 2016

In the art world, the existence of authenticity, or at least the consensus of its existence, is hugely important to the market value of a work of art. —Art is scarce, worth a lot of money, and in many cases, capable of being forged.  As such, the art world will never b...

December 12, 2015

I'm not sure it's love that's tearing these blokes apart.


Peter Hook has sued ex-bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris, saying that Sumner and Morris have improperly cut him out of his rightful share of New Order revenues.  Hook hasn't played with New Order since...

October 27, 2015


You may not know what it is, but chances are you've seen it - that leering, grinning skull you see popping up, not just on Halloween, but year round.  Maybe you saw it downtown incorporated into a graffiti mural:  


Image courtesy solifestyle.com 


Maybe you...

September 23, 2015

Coming hot on the heels of a Fox news anchor's $5 million lawsuit for allegedly naming a stuffed hamster after her, Hasbro was hit with another lawsuit last week, this time over its venerable G.I. Joe line.


Stanley A. Weston, age 82, claims that he is the original auth...

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