Upcycling at the Super Bowl
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Cecilia Copperman
4M ago
As we approach the Super Bowl, the world of “upcycling” also takes the stage. Upcycling refers to the process where garments or other materials are reused and transformed into a new or unique item. This season, celebrities Taylor Swift, Simone Biles, and others have worn unique designs based on NFL jerseys and related team-branded gear. These upcycled garments were created by Kristin Juszczyk, the wife of San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juzczyk and an up-and-coming designer in her own right. Juszcyk identified a market need – team-identifiable garments that are more stylish to wear to games ..read more
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How Original! The Oscars and the Craft of Derivative Works
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Katherine Luo
4M ago
Happy Oscar season! As we ramp up for film’s most anticipated event, the lists start flying for the year’s potential winners. Frequently, the Academy favors somewhat obscure, esoteric films—so it might be surprising to learn how many nominees are, in fact, adaptations of existing art. Look no further than this year’s top contenders for examples of this, including Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Killers of the Flower Moon, Poor Things (all based on books)—and, of course, Barbie. In addition to the Oscar contenders, the majority of 2023’s highest grossing films, from Across the Spider-Verse to Th ..read more
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Five Trademark Questions to Ask in the New Year
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Nicole Kinsley
5M ago
As we ring in 2024, sip some champagne and make a resolution to check in on your trademark portfolio more often.  It misses you! Here are a few productive questions to ask: Do your registrations cover your reality?  You may have launched new brands or drastically redesigned your logo since you last interacted with the USPTO.  Or perhaps your business has expanded or evolved, and the scope of your registrations ignores some now-crucial products or services.  Maybe your filings are all in the US, but the EU and Brazil have become major markets for you.  If any of this ..read more
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How Do You Like Them Apple (Trademarks)? Malus Musings on Brand Protection
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Joshua Jarvis
8M ago
With “spooky season” dominating October holiday talk, it’s easy to forget poor old National Apple Day or simply Apple Day, which took place last Saturday and is observed every October 21. According to Wikipedia, one can celebrate Apple Day in any number of ways, from “apple games in a garden to large village fairs with cookery demonstrations, games, apple identification, juice and cider, gardening advice, and the sale of many hundreds of apple varieties.” Those activities are all well and good – and I fully appreciate that “bobbing for apples” wasn’t listed because, let’s be honest, that’s rea ..read more
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WEBINAR: The Metaverse and Beyond: 10 Trademark & Copyright Tips for Consumer Products Companies
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Joshua Jarvis
1y ago
How do companies develop, protect, and enforce their brands and content across the ever-growing landscapes of Web 3.0? Lawyers from Foley Hoag’s Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition practice discussed 10 tips including best practices, emerging trends, recent case law, and potential pitfalls for companies navigating the metaverse and beyond.  The post WEBINAR: The Metaverse and Beyond: 10 Trademark & Copyright Tips for Consumer Products Companies first appeared on Trademark and Copyright Law ..read more
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WEBINAR: Top IP Cases in 2022
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Nicole Kinsley
1y ago
Who said there’s no looking back? It is crucial to consider key takeaways from the most important IP cases in 2022 when planning for 2023. Foley Hoag presented a 60-minute webinar on Thursday, January 19, 2023, offering guidance on what we learned last year and what to prepare for in the new year. Our speakers focused on developments in trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret law. Speakers: Paul Downs, Associate, Foley Hoag Nicole Kinsley, Counsel, Foley Hoag Nathaniel McPherson, Associate, Foley Hoag Peter Sullivan, Partner, Foley Hoag The post WEBINAR: Top IP Cases in 2022 first app ..read more
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Five Trademark Questions to Ask in the New Year
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Nicole Kinsley
1y ago
As we ring in 2023, sip some champagne and make a resolution to check in on your trademark portfolio more often.  It misses you! Here are a few productive questions to ask: Do your registrations cover your reality?  You may have launched new brands or drastically redesigned your logo since you last interacted with the USPTO.  Or perhaps your business has expanded or evolved, and the scope of your registrations ignores some now-crucial products or services.  Maybe your filings are all in the US, but the EU and Brazil have become major markets for you.  If any of this ..read more
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Legal Ethics for In-House Attorneys Handling Copyright, Trademark & Advertising Matters
Trademark and Copyright Law
by August Horvath
1y ago
Ethical duties are paramount in any legal practice. Matters relating to copyright, trademark and advertising law give rise to some special ethical considerations. Even unintentional missteps can be detrimental to the attorney, and their client. In this 60-minute webinar, designed for in-house counsel, we discussed how to identify and address ethical issues to guard against potentially irreversible consequences. Topics Oaths filed with the Patent and Trademark Office, and who should sign them Rules of the road for investigating competitors Who, exactly, is “the client”? Non-lawyer staff member ..read more
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WEBINAR: Trademark and Advertising Basics for Cannabis Companies
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Joshua Jarvis
2y ago
Business is booming for cannabis ventures, but the legal landscape for brand protection and product advertising is rife with complications that demand special consideration. Companies should be paying attention to these issues out of the gate. Foley Hoag presented a webinar covering a range of topics related to cannabis trademark protection and promotion of cannabis-related goods and services, including: Maximizing trademark rights at the federal and state level Leveraging alternative IP strategies for brands Advertising best practices and what not to say FDA regulation of cannabis and cannab ..read more
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WEBINAR: Top IP Cases in 2021 In-House Counsel Need to Know
Trademark and Copyright Law
by Foley Hoag
2y ago
Who said there’s no looking back? It is crucial to consider key takeaways from the most important IP cases from 2021 when planning for 2022. Foley Hoag presented a 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, offering guidance on what we learned last year and what to prepare for in the new year. Our speakers focused on developments in trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret law.  Speakers Peter Sullivan, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP Scott Pierce, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP Francisco Cabrera López, Associate, Foley Hoag LLP The post WEBINAR: Top IP Cases in 2021 In-House Counsel Need to Kno ..read more
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