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BlackBerry’s Latest Patent Claim – WhatsApp With That?

Do you find yourself missing the days of BlackBerry? The compact little device was the precursor to today’s ubiquitous smart phones. The BlackBerry Messaging (BBM) system was an excellent way to message, particularly to business colleagues as a more immediate means of communication than e-mail. Today, the trends have shifted away from the Blackberry as [..]

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The NFL Is Quick To Throw Penalty Flags At Trademark Infringers

Next weekend is the biggest weekend in football – the New England Patriots will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles for the championship title. Did you notice anything about that sentence? Perhaps a certain phrase was missing? That was on purpose. The NFL is notoriously aggressive about policing their trademarks, and that is the reason [..]

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Is Lana Del Rey “Creeping” on Radiohead’s Copyrighted Music?

#RadioheadIsOver was one of the trending hashtags on Twitter this week. Why, you ask? Not because the band was popular years ago, or because it’s been years since they put out a hit song, but because there were rumors that they were suing Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement. We’ve seen many copyright suits in [..]

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Disney In Copyright Hot Water Again – Not Everyone Can “Let It Go”

It has been 4 years since Disney’s hit animated movie Frozen came out, but the company is still riding the highs of the catchy, uplifting movie. The songs are well known, the characters iconic, and a new short film was introduced recently and presented to audiences before Pixar’s Coco in theaters. Unfortunately, Disney is also [..]

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Black Friday’s (Trade)Mark On Consumer Preferences

It’s finally here – Black Friday. How many of you are already done shopping for the day, out at 4 A.M. to hit the local doorbusters? Perhaps some of you got a head start at midnight on Thursday, or even right after your Thanksgiving dinner. Either way, today kicks off the biggest shopping season of [..]

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A Case Of Genericide?

Genericide – a kind of bug spray or potential doom in the intellectual property world? This word strikes fear in the hearts of trademark owners the same way it takes care of common household pests. But, instead of applying to the owner, it applies to their trademarks. Genericide occurs when a registered trademark loses its [..]

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The Bananas Conclusion To The “Monkey Selfie” Case

The intellectual property world is going bananas about the most recent copyright news. Remember back to a blog from two years ago, if you will (click here for a refresher.) A photographer was in Indonesia when one of the monkeys he was observing picked up his camera and snapped a photo of himself. The photographer [..]

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On A Dark Desert Highway, Infringement In The Air?

When you hear the words “Hotel California,” what pops into your head? It is a pretty safe bet to guess that it’s The Eagles hit song from their 1976 album of the same name. The song has been the band’s most popular, and it is easy to get the catchy melody stuck in your head. [..]

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Disparaging Trademarks – Are These Government Speech?

Football season is quickly approaching, and football fans have a lot on their minds. Who will they draft first in Fantasy Football? Should they get tickets to a home game? Who will make it to the Super Bowl? While these are some of the more prominent questions, another issue may be forefront in the minds [..]

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Is Using Social Media Your Constitutional Right?

Can you imagine not being allowed to use social media? Not being able to keep up with celebrities on Instagram? Follow your favorite news sites on Twitter, or connect with old friends on Facebook? The good news is, you don’t have to imagine such a thing – the Internet is here to stay, and freely [..]

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