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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...

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...

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...

September 8, 2015


According to corporate legend, iconic American breakfast cereal Wheaties was invented in 1922 when a Minnesota clinician working for the Washburn Crosby Company (later General Mills) accidentally spilled a wheat bran mixture onto a hot stove. The concoction...

August 13, 2015


A new monumental sculpture in the far-western Xinjiang region of China bears an uncanny resemblance to Chicago's famous “Bean” sculpture (officially titled "Cloud Gate"). According to the Wall Street Journal, Cloud Gate artist Anish Kapoor plans to take legal action a...

July 31, 2015

Back in 1993, it was no doubt a savvy move for Michael Jordan to obtain a trademark registration in China for the word "Jordan."  What Jordan did not do, however, was also obtain a trademark registration for the Chinese translation of his name.  In the IP wild west tha...

July 28, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer sued Old Navy for copyright infringement in Georgia federal court last week, saying that Old Navy copied at least two of Lilly Pulitzer's patterns on clothing and accessories.  The photo above shows a detail of one of the designs allegedly copied by Old...

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