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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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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...

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 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...

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...

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