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Copyright Law DMCA - Do You Own Your Car (Or Tractor)?

There are some interesting developments going on in the world of Copyright Law, specifically, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA was passed in the 90s ostensibly to protect against hackers breaking digital locks or protection on so… Read More
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University of Texas Havoc Trademarks

The hiring of Shaka Smart by the University of Texas may lead to a trademark dispute between UT and Smart’s former school Virginia Commonwealth University. Shortly after the hiring of Smart, Texas filed for trademark registrations for “Ho… Read More
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Keep Track of Your Trademarks

Even big entities like Sony sometimes forget to keep track of their trademarks. Sony has filed a Petition to Revive its trademark application for BloodBorne it registered on an intent to use basis for computer games. Sony claims that its reason for l… Read More
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Entity Formation for Entertainers

One of the most frequent questions I get from entertainers in all industries is “what kind of entity should I form?” This is a really important decision to make for bands especially. David Valenti, a partner at my firm Reed & Scardino… Read More
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Johnny Football Trademark

I was interviewed by NPR today concerning the efforts of Texas A&M and then family of Johnny Manziel to trademark the nickname Johnny Football. Check it out here. Read More
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Supreme Court Copyright Case Involving First Sale Doctrine

There is a big copyright case being argued in front of the Supreme Court this week. The crux of the case is the inherent conflict between the First Sale Doctrine and copyright owners’ desire to market their goods internationally. Here is a link… Read More
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The Hunger Games and Copyright/Trademark

It was brought to my attention that a workout web page on facebook Blogilates has gotten in some trouble for posting “Hunger Games” workout videos. The post I saw said that the creator of the video believed she was protected by the “… Read More
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Copyright/Trademark and Fashion

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article about intellectual property protection as it relates to the fashion industry. There are a few things to keep in mind when fashion and IP law intersect. First, you cannot copyright a fashion design in… Read More
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Trademark Searching

I added a new video today about trademark searching. This video details how to conduct a quick knockout search on the USPTO.gov website and also shows how you can find information about the current status of trademark applications. Read More
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Another University Trademark Case

Here is another trademark case involving use of a University trademark. This case involves the University of Alabama and a sports artist. This case shares many similarities with the UT Tower trademark case I am currently involved in. The question is… Read More
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