Article Archive for May 2011
The European Commissions’ IPR Strategy is a laudable effort to promote the digitization and dissemination of orphan works.
Back when we were still worrying about the Y2K bug, the greatest rapper alive, Jay-Z, was busy making it rain with his newest single, “Big Pimpin.” What a lot of people didn’t know was that Timbaland, the producer of the track, sampled the beat that Jay-Z raps over from an old Egyptian movie, Fata Ahlami.
Charlie Sheen’s company “Hyro-Gliff” files trademark applications for two more catchphrases. A quick update and some information on the trademark registration process.
The Learning Company, owners of The Oregon Trail edutainment games, are trying to prevent the May 30th launch of Frontierville’s “Oregon Trail” expansion. Will Frontierville’s expansion drown while trying to ford the river?
The three way trademark dance between Microsoft, Apple and Amazon continues. The most recent developments see the lines between everyone’s argument’s blurring even more. Microsoft’s arguments against Apple’s trademark claims have become increasingly relevant for Amazon as it defends itself.
Should the purchase of counterfeit goods be illegal? That’s the goal of a new bill in New York City that would punish shoppers with a fine of up to $1,000. If this new bill passes, there is a possibility that sellers of these counterfeit goods will lose their businesses. But are these the type of jobs we should be worried about protecting?
Has Disney gone to far? In the hubbub regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden, the world got really excited about the now-infamous Seal Team Six. Well Disney got really excited and decided to trademark the special ops team name.
You wouldn’t steal a car. Then why would you steal a movie? Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement released an anti-piracy PSA. Is it effectively using humor to shed light on the issue of piracy? Or is it just another sensationalized piracy PSA? Click through to check it out and tell us what you think.
The USPTO unveiled its Trademarks Dashboard feature on May 10th, providing a window into a number of useful statistics and measurements about its trademark operations. The Dashboard follows a similar feature fromor the PTO’s Patent side, which was introduced in September 2010 and has been a popular and useful tool for patent attorneys.