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Mahomes’ Photo Raises Copyright and Misappropriation of Likeness Concerns

Recently, we discussed KC Chiefs football with our friends at KCTV5. They asked us about a recent image on Twitter which uses an iconic Superbowl image of Len Dawson in which he is smoking a cigarette and drinking a Fresca.  In the image, circulating around Twitter, Patrick Mahomes’ image was superimposed over the original photo Read more about Mahomes’ Photo Raises Copyright and Misappropriation of Likeness Concerns[…]

Fortnight Sued for Dance Moves – Lessons Learned

Fortnite Sued for Dance Moves Recently, online video game makers have been selling avitar custom modifications including various tools or weapons, skins, clothing and emotes such as a dances or player movements. Many players use these emotes as a way to celebrae or to simply have fun while playing the game. However, some of these Read more about Fortnight Sued for Dance Moves – Lessons Learned[…]

Software Patents (Revisited)

Software Patents Protection and Enforcement of Software Patents is on the rise as a result of recent changes at the Patent Office and from the Courts.  As a result, it may be a good time to protect your software with a Software Patent Application. Patents protect inventions if they fall into one of four general Read more about Software Patents (Revisited)[…]

How Patents Protect Your Business

Patents Protect Your Business Patents are usually considered as being the holy grail for inventors with sometimes strange or wacky ideas.  However, Patents are more often used by businesses and can provide a savvy entrepreneur with significant growth opportunities. Many businesses can benefit from protecting their technology or innovation from competitors, including those in manufacturing Read more about How Patents Protect Your Business[…]

Security and Privacy Issues with Internet of Things (IoT)

Expect Lots of Privacy Issues with Internet of Things Cars, TVs, dog collars, condoms, toasters, refrigerators, rectal thermometers, water bottles and hair brushes are some of the everyday items being connected to the internet, collecting and sending your private data as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). 20 billion connected devices. The market will Read more about Security and Privacy Issues with Internet of Things (IoT)[…]

Stan Lee’s Copyrights and Work for Hire

Copyrights and Work for Hire Doctrine Stan Lee, the co-creator and ambassador of the Marvel Universe, died this week. From a copyright perspective, Lee’s legacy is a complicated mess. Marvel, one of the original comic book publishers introduced over 8,000 characters including those created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon and Steve Ditko. This Read more about Stan Lee’s Copyrights and Work for Hire[…]

101 Series – How to Get a Patent in 5 Easy Steps

How to Get a Patent In the United States, a patent is issued by the United States Patent Office.  To get a patent, they will need to register your patent and to register your patent, you will need to file an application.  However, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to take a Read more about 101 Series – How to Get a Patent in 5 Easy Steps[…]

101 Series – Copyright for Writers

Copyright for Writers As a writer, you might spend hundreds, if not thousands of hours developing, researching and creating your plot and premise, theme, characters, moral development, the struggles and resolution of your character along with an ending which pulls it all together.  You spend months, if not years, writing it and re-writing your story.  Read more about 101 Series – Copyright for Writers[…]

Filing a Trademark Case to Prevent Confusion

Filing a Trademark Case When a trademark owner believes their mark is being used by someone else to cause confusion, they may file a trademark case.  Infringement is the legal term used to describe the fact that a trademark has been used without permission of the trademark owner in a way to confuse customers.  A Read more about Filing a Trademark Case to Prevent Confusion[…]