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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.

What is the right of publicity?

Although you may never have realized it, your personal identity is protected by law. This means that companies are not allowed to use your name, your photo, your voice, your signature or other personal aspects in their advertising without your permission. Your identifying features belong to you alone.

Copyright suit over 'Soft Kitty' lyrics dismissed

If you are a regular viewer of the television sitcom The Big Bang Theory, then you probably are familiar with the loveable quirks of one of the main characters - Sheldon Cooper. One such quirk is Sheldon wanting people to sing the song "Soft Kitty" whenever he is hurt or sick.

Intellectual property litigation aims to protect artist rights

All artists have the right for their art to be protected. This applies to paintings, digital art, fiction, plays and screenplays, poetry, lyrics and music itself. Recently, the music industry has been going through various copyright lawsuits regarding song compositions and the similarities between songs.

Singer Ed Sheeran settles intellectual property suit

All artists have the right for their original work to be protected. This applies to paintings, digital art, fiction, plays and screenplays, poetry, lyrics and music itself. Recently, the music industry has been going through various copyright lawsuits regarding song compositions and the similarities between songs.

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.

"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).

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