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Copyright Cartoon Images

CARTOON CHARACTERS Cartoon characters are everywhere these days. In movies, video games, television, software, toys, blankets, food, beverages and clothing just to mention a few. Many of these are based on a fictional character which was originally created as part of a graphic work like a comic book. From a value perspective, these characters are Read more about Copyright Cartoon Images[…]

Copyright Registration Required

U.S. Supreme Court The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Copyright Registrations are required prior to filing a Copyright Infringement lawsuit in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-street.com, LLC, No. 17-571, 586 U.S. ___ (March 4, 2019). This settles the division between the circuits in which some courts allowed an infringement action Read more about Copyright Registration Required[…]

Dangers of Making Money From an Invention

So you have a great idea. An idea which will change the world.  Your idea will make the world a better place, improve everyone’s way of life while still being profitable.  You create a prototype and prove it works.  The numbers show that your invention will make millions while costing very little.  A large company, Read more about Dangers of Making Money From an Invention[…]

Protecting eSports Copyright and Trademark

In 2018, the eSports market was valued at nearly 865 million dollars and some experts expect its value to exceed 1.79 billion dollars by 2022. The majority of this revenue is expected to come in the form of sponsorship and advertising dollars. Some will come in the form of betting, prize money, merchandise, and ticket Read more about Protecting eSports Copyright and Trademark[…]

Superb Owl or Super Bowl Trademarks

Super Bowl Trademarks We were thankful to Kansas City Chiefs for making this year an exceptionally exciting football season as they made it to the AFC Championship Game this year.  Now its time to turn our attention to the most watched football game of the year, the Super Bowl.  As we get our party hats, Read more about Superb Owl or Super Bowl Trademarks[…]

Recent Supreme Court On-Sale Bar Case

On January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that a commercial sale of a chemotherapy drug to a third party who agreed to keep the invention confidential, was enough to trigger the On-Sale Bar and prevented the inventor from suing for patent infringement. The sale of the invention placed the invention “on sale” and because Read more about Recent Supreme Court On-Sale Bar Case[…]

Cannabis Patent Protection is Getting Higher

US Patent Protection for Cannabis Patents Cannabis, a schedule 1 controlled substance, is regulated in the United States as a narcotic.  Many states have and are legalizing recreational and medical use of the drug regardless of the fact that it is still regulated by the Federal Government.  However, the fact that marijuana is a schedule Read more about Cannabis Patent Protection is Getting Higher[…]

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)[…]