Intellectual Property Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2011 – Hollywood is all about making a deal to get a good story for a movie or TV show that will rake in the big bucks. The story of the 33 Chilean miners and their exclusive life story rights were just purchased by producer Mike Medavoy, who recently produced “Shutter Island” and “Black Swan”. The miners’ attorney, Chilean Guillermo Carey, said that the men wanted the intricate details of their ordeal to remain secret until a proper offer was made. Undoubtedly, they were approached by many, but Medavoy ultimately landed the […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2011 – The recent weeks of content from Hollywood entertainment industry magazines almost read like court dockets. A Los Angeles producer sues a big-time movie studio. A reality TV show contract is leaked, and whoever did it will be on the hook for a $5 million penalty. A musician is sued for copyright infringement for sampling a song from decades ago. And the legal battles just keep going. The entertainment industry generates trillions of dollars globally, and an important part of that is upholding the rights of key players from top talent, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2011 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will begin to accept new Internet domain name endings early next year, but businesses need to start preparing now to establish and authenticate their brand top-level domain names. ICANN issued new guidelines in late June that will vastly increase Internet domain name endings, also known as generic top-level domains (gTLDs), from 22 endings such as .com, .net, and .org to potentially hundreds of new variations. The change is in response to the global marketplace and ICANN’s objective to promote free speech. The […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2011 – “Point Break” is a cult movie classic involving an undercover FBI agent who pretends to be a surfer in order to mix in with a group of surfers who have robbed more than 25 banks, all with ex-president masks on. The movie has been successfully parodied in a theater production, “Point Break LIVE!” that has been seen by many in the Los Angeles area since 2007. But now the writer behind the parody, Jaime Keeling, feels she’s being robbed and is suing New Rock Theater Productions for using her script […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2011 – Companies put a lot of effort and money into their designs, sales and marketing tactics, so it is no wonder the Car-Freshner Corporation is aggravated by a company that is trying to use a similar tree design for its financial benefit. In a lawsuit against Stanislawski Marketing Ventures, who is doing business as Beck & Call promotional products, Car-Freshner alleges that the company “offers, markets, and distributes promotional air fresheners with a tree design that is indistinguishable from and confusingly similar to Car-Freshner’s distinctive Tree Design Marks.” The case is […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2011 – Social media has now reached such a fever pitch in our society that people want to copyright their tweets on Twitter and Facebook posts. Los Angeles intellectual property attorney Anthony Spotora has received many calls recently for people wanting to copyright their words, sue others for copying posts, and for claims of social media defamation. Right now copyright protection does not exist for social media users. Many of the sites’ terms of service policies show that by posting content an individual automatically grants the site to use, copy, display, and […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2011 – Being a “green business” is a big buzzword as more consumers are looking to be healthier and better to the Earth. But with the upcoming Earth Day on April 22, not all businesses are truly green, even though they make claims to it. “Greenwashing” or false advertising claims about being eco-friendly will be prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission, denied a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and challenged by the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau. “In recent years, businesses have increasingly used ‘green’ marketing […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2011 – The small print on a website seems hardly interesting, but the terms of service (“TOS”) agreement on a business’ home page is a must have to protect the business and its users. A recent incident on Electronic Arts’ Dragon Age 2 online message board is a great example of what a terms of service agreement can do. Electronic Arts bought Dragon Age 2’s creator, BioWare, in 2007, and now a gamer must open an online account with EA to play the game. One of them voluntarily wrote on the BioWare […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2011 – In February, the director, screenwriter, and entertainment companies involved in The Hurt Locker filed a motion to countersue Iraq war veteran Jeffrey Sarver. Master Sgt. Sarver claims that the movie was based on his own life story within the Army bomb squad and originally sued the group the day before the Academy Awards in 2010. Now that the countersuit is transferred to California, The Hurt Locker group is using the anti-SLAPP statute to allege their free speech is being compromised and requesting the judge to order Sarver to pay their […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2011 – Knowing what is what in the business world when it comes to trade and service marks helps a business move forward. “It’s often helpful if people understand the differences between trade and service marks when they’re running a business. A trademark is protection you get for any device, symbol, name or word that’s original and new. The trademark says the product is protected by trademark law and is the property of the mark owner. An example would be the Nike ‘swoosh’ mark, which everyone recognizes,” said David Alden Erikson, a […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2011 – Imagine a business owner doing a routine Google search of his business and name, only to find that a website thousands of miles away had copied the logo, design, text and even some photos. This is what happened to the law firm of Gordon & Doner out of Palm Beach, Fla. when they looked themselves up and found the British firm of Maslin & Associates with a copycat website. A business should protect its website and all the content, design, and graphics by copyrighting it. This way, all the original […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2011 – The fashion industry has long been plagued with look-alike knockoffs. Now, they face smell-alike perfumes. Less than ethical individuals in business who wish to make a quick buck by selling perfume smell-alikes will find an almost instant market. Consumers do not much care about whether the scent of a perfume is dead on and a classy brand name if they can get a reasonable facsimile for a fraction of the cost. Hence, knockoffs are very real threat to the perfume industry because their pockets are being picked by cheap smell-alikes. […]


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Trademark infringement goes international these days when companies based in the U.S. sue companies based in Europe. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2010 – U.S.-based Smart Blocks Inc., a maker of construction toys, sued the Danish company Lego A/S, noted as one of Europe’s largest toymakers. Smart Blocks petitioned the federal court for a determination that they were not infringing on Lego trademarks. Smart Blocks, whose headquarters are in San Marcos, Calif., are noted for their talking building blocks that feature six built-in depressible pins. The toys are marketed in seven different colors and have a variety […]


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Trade dress law might apply to bottles. This will have a significant impact on marketplace competition. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2010 – A food packaging company may have crossed the line with its fruit-juice packaging and infringed on Coca-Cola’s trademarks. Where that line actually is often causes lawsuits like this one, but behind these types of lawsuits is the desire to protect a well-known brand and not confuse consumers. Johanna Foods of New Jersey filed a suit in federal court asking for a ruling that says it is not infringing on the trade dress and design […]


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Musicians take their work very seriously. However, they also need to take the legal protection of their compositions seriously according to Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, Anthony Spotora. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2010 – Music is everywhere in the world of entertainment: Movies, television, radio advertisements and commercials. There is always a need for top-notch songs and artists. “For an upcoming composer, licensing music is a vital step in growing a career,” said Anthony Spotora, a Los Angeles entertainment attorney. “Licensing music means that your creation is not only protected from illegal use but can also bring […]


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Musicians and bands are businesses. Some bands may not be protected which may jeopardize future merchandising. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2010 – There is value in a name. Just think Lady Gaga or any other famous, well-known singer. There is value in the name of a band as well. Think Nickelback, The Rolling Stones, etc. Any of the personalities behind the names or the bands need to protect their identities and intellectual property rights. “This usually happens by securing trademark registrations for the band name and/or the musician’s name, because trademark protection is specific to the […]


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If you’re an employer and have invested in an employee for a long time, the last thing you want to happen is have that worker jump to a competitor. After all, that employee has good insider knowledge and could help the competition swipe away some of your customers, employees, market share – and even trade secrets. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2010 – Usually, a non-competition agreement would take care of such problems by barring the former employee from working for competitors for a certain period of time. Yet there’s a big problem with that when it […]


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Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business litigation attorney, offers insights regarding the Supreme Court of Texas ruling dated July 2, 2010, in the case of Quixtar, Inc. v. Signature Management Team LLC. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2010 – “The Quixtar case is important because it clarifies Texas law pertaining to whether a lawsuit can be dismissed for a lack of convenience,” asserts Austin business litigation attorney Gregory D. Jordan. “The Court made it very clear that if you are sued by an out of state plaintiff, the trial court should afford substantially less deference to the plaintiff’s […]


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In a world of acronyms gone mad there is now flogging to wrap one’s head around. Flog is a fake blog. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2010 – Who hasn’t landed on a fake blog style website at one time or another? The problem is, not everyone knows they’ve landed on a flog. Typically, a flog deals with false advertising and unproven claims with fake testimonials. “It’s the latest way to scam money from unsuspecting surfers. Why is this important to know? It’s important to know because this practice is just beginning and lawyers need to be […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2010 – The US Supreme Court has said the NFL can’t avoid antitrust laws when dealing with team jerseys. “The last place one would expect to find the US Supreme Court is on the football field, but there they are, dealing with the sale of NFL team jerseys and hats. It was actually an interesting case and may well set precedent for the future,” remarked David Alden Erikson, a Los Angeles business litigation attorney. The core nugget of the case decision was that the National Football League isn’t exempt from antitrust laws […]


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