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I’m Speaking At Bridgeport’s Trade Secrets CLE Seminar

Mon, 04 May 2015 10:43:55 +0000

On May 8, 2015, I have the pleasure of speaking at Bridgeport Continuing Education’s “Trade Secret and Employee Mobility” seminar. For a list of the distinguished speakers and topics, click here . I will be speaking about the intersection of trade secrets with other forms of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. To register […]

Vampire Wines Bites Into Yard House’s Vampire Taco Trademark With Infringement Lawsuit

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:58:50 +0000

TI Beverage Group and its attorney, trademark licensor, and co-plaintiff Michael Machat are not drinking at the Yard House and nothing seems to be merry despite the consumption of tacos and alcohol. Plaintiffs appear to have more of an affinity for Vampires than Bram Stoker himself, having registered numerous Vampire related trademarks for beverages, bars, […]

Say “Super Bowl” and Suffer the NFL’s Trademark Infringement Traumatic Brain Injury

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:50:58 +0000

Every year the NFL’s trademark attorneys aggressively send cease and desist letters to business using the term “Super Bowl,” threatening them with the trademark law equivalent of traumatic brain injury. Even churches are not granted sanctuary from NFL’s trademark and copyright infringement tentacles. Instead of battling for immunity under trademark fair-use laws, many businesses and […]

Grammy Tickets, Duped Trademark Attorney, Cash, And Trademark Infringement

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:39:07 +0000

This is not your ordinary trademark infringement case. It involves Grammy Awards ceremony tickets, allegedly sold by now ex-Recording Academy member and trademark attorney – Matthew Blakely – to alleged swindler and trademark infringer Craig Banaszewski. The dispute stretches back to 2012 when the Academy informed defendants that tickets to the Grammy awards were private, […]

Sam Smith To Pay Tom Petty Copyright Royalties For “Stay With Me” Song

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:40:37 +0000

Sam Smith’s hit song “Stay With Me” was reportedly the subject of a copyright dispute with Tom Petty claiming that it infringed his “I Won’t Back Down” hit song. Here’s a third party’s analysis and comparison of the two songs:   The Rolling Stone reports that the parties have “quietly and amicably settled” […]

Karaoke Bar Fight! Elohim EPF & Ratt Sue Numerous Bars For Copyright Infringement

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:54:16 +0000

The U.S. music sub-publisher of Korean music publishers has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against several karaoke bars in Los Angeles and Korea town. I’m not sure how popular the 80’s glam-metal-hair-band Ratt is in Korean karaoke bars, but it is also suing for infringement of its “Round and Round” song. The complaints allege that Defendants […]

Kendrick Lamar Sued For Infringing Music Copyrights In Rigamortus Song

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:24:33 +0000

Kendrick Lamar’s hit song “Rigamortus” may be DOA because he is accused of blatantly copying the music from “The Thorn.” Composer, musician, and recording artist Eric S. Reed composed “The Thorn” in 2009 for Willie Jones III’s 2010 recording The Next Phase (WJ3). Reed is the owner of U.S. Copyright Registration No. Pau 3-682-265 in […]

Levi’s Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against Stussy’s Jeans Is Not Horseplay

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:55:16 +0000

Levi Strauss & Co. has been making jeans forever and owns some of the earliest trademarks registered at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The trademarks at issue involve Levi’s two-horses pulling on a pair of jeans design, one of which (pictured to the right) Levi’s began using in 1886 and registered in 1980. Levi’s […]

Pitbull And Kesha’s Timber Song Subject Of Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:56:23 +0000

Seeking at least $3 million in damages, songwriters Lee Oskar Levitin, Greg Errico, and Keri Oskar are suing Sony Music and Pitbull’s company for copyright infringement over his smash hit “Timber,” featuring Kesha. The duo’s popular song with a country twang is accused of unabashedly sampling the melody and harmonica riff from Plaintiffs’ 1978 hit […]

Manolo Blahnik Seeks Transfer Of Websites Selling Counterfeits In Trademark Lawsuit

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:57:02 +0000

In a trademark infringement and counterfeiting lawsuit, Manolo Blahnik is asking the court to transfer control of websites selling counterfeit Manolo Blahnik shoes and accessories and to freeze Defendants’ assets and bank accounts. The identities of the defendants and the websites are currently sealed to prevent advanced notice to the accused defendants, who may use […]