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March 2017 Archives

News and Notes Focused on the 3 Public Faces of IP Law

  • Brand Image Protection - Trademark Law
  • Visual Image Protection - Copyright Law
  • Personal Image Protection - Right of Publicity Law

The Image Protection Law blog has been created in order to share stories and information on the legal aspects of: 1) the marketplace reputation of a company or product captured in its trademark, 2) published or publicly-displayed artwork, photography, and any created visual design, and 3) use of a person's photograph or likeness for product promotion or other commercial purposes.

The "IP3" share at least one thing in common: Image is everything. In these posts let's look at what that means in the realm of intellectual property in the news, but let's also be prepared to explore if there's something more beyond "everything." Don't forget, the intellectual in "intellectual property" doesn't mean smart or brainy, although by nature true creators often are. The word is used to refer to any creation, i.e., a "product of the mind." While this blog will be regularly updated, you are encouraged to share your thoughts on these posts.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear copyright infringement case

Musicians and the recording industry are very protective of their intellectual property. This can lead to conflicts when users of Internet music-sharing websites unlawfully download content. One recent case involving copyright infringement may interest those in California concerned with such topics.

What can you do to protect your trade secrets?

Trade secrets can be vital to the success of any business or entrepreneurship. They are the recipes, formulas, methods of operation and tools that are the backbone of your company. As such, it is important to safeguard this valuable intellectual property.

"Tequila" spurs standoff over trademark registration

Is the word "tequila" a generic term? Or can it be a certification trademark, as is the word "champagne," that designates an exclusive geographic origin or, in the case of "tequila," an alcoholic beverage distilled only from Mexico's native blue agave plant?" That was the question brought before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Photos on Instagram prompt liquid lip artist to take action

While many people appreciate good art, unfortunately, not everyone recognizes that the time and energy that goes into creating these works of art should be compensated. This can lead to the unlawful use of said artwork, or the creation and use of other pieces that are virtually copies, without a licensing agreement. If you find yourself in this situation you may have legal options. One makeup artist recently took action against Kylie Jenner because of photos the founder of Kylie's Cosmetics, used to advertise her makeup line on Instagram.

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