6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration

6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration

Since 1941, the Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States, but the festive traditions for Independence Day go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Read more about 6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration[…]

Skull Crushing Victory for Dan Aykroyd’s Spirits

Skull Crushing Victory for Dan Aykroyd’s Spirits

Who knew that comedian/actor Dan Aykroyd was co-founder of a vodka brand? And that not only is   this vodka award-winning, but that it is delivered in a skull-shaped bottle? Interestingly too, Dan Aykroyd is dead serious about making sure to enforce his rights of this very distinctive registered trade dress of his. Aykroyd and his brand, Read more about Skull Crushing Victory for Dan Aykroyd’s Spirits[…]

What can you learn from Disney’s “Zootopia” copyright lawsuit?

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What can you learn from Disney’s “Zootopia” copyright lawsuit?

Longtime movie producer and screenwriter, Gary Goldman, whose notable credits include writing Total Recall and producing Minority Report, filed a federal lawsuit for copyright infringement this week against the Walt Disney Company. The “Zootopia” copyright lawsuit accuses Disney of stealing his idea for ‘Zootopia,’ the award-winning best animated picture for both the Golden Globes and Oscars. Goldman claims that Read more about What can you learn from Disney’s “Zootopia” copyright lawsuit?[…]

12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas

12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas

  The McHattie Law Firm is uniquely equipped to deal with modern businesses’ most valuable asset — its intellectual property — and to manage it with a strategic legal approach in the US. From creation to licensing to sale, we stand ready, willing and able to serve your needs, developing strategies for your opportunities and Read more about 12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas[…]

Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team

Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team

The McHattie Law Firm is extremely pleased to announce that Joseph J. DiDonato has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Mr. DiDonato, a licensed patent attorney, concentrates on matters related to intellectual property and business, providing practical legal advice that considers both business plans and the protection of products or services.  Mr. DiDonato’s experience extends Read more about Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team[…]

Are Diamonds COSTCO’s Best Friend?

Are Diamonds COSTCO’s Best Friend?

By Clay D. Shorrock Earlier this month, a federal jury in New York ordered Costco to pay Tiffany & Co. $5.5 million in compensatory damages and $8.24 million in punitive damages in a trademark infringement lawsuit relating to Costco’s use of the famous “Tiffany” mark. The lawsuit, filed by Tiffany & Co. on Valentine’s Day Read more about Are Diamonds COSTCO’s Best Friend?[…]

Jaguar’s Exceptional Case and $2 Million in Fees

Jaguar’s Exceptional Case and $2 Million in Fees

By: Winifred E. Campbell and Christie McGuinness The name’s Bond, James Bond. Those iconic words bring to mind the names Sean Connery, Pierce Bronson, Daniel Craig and of course, Jaguar. No Bond movie is complete without a phenomenal Jaguar to go along with the car chase scene. Recently, Jaguar Land Rover North America (“Jaguar”) was Read more about Jaguar’s Exceptional Case and $2 Million in Fees[…]

Trade Secrets: New Legislation Makes It Easier to Enforce Your Rights

Trade Secrets: New Legislation Makes It Easier to Enforce Your Rights

By: Christopher J. McHattie, Esq. and Christie McGuinness Ever wonder why other soda companies can never quite get their soda to taste like Coca Cola’s? Coca Cola has maintained its competitive edge by keeping its recipe for soda a very well protected ‘trade secret,’ which, legend has it, has been kept under lock and key Read more about Trade Secrets: New Legislation Makes It Easier to Enforce Your Rights[…]

The Song Remains the Same: Jury Shows a Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven

The Song Remains the Same: Jury Shows a Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven

By: Christopher McHattie, Esq. and Sean Sanders The verdict is in and Led Zeppelin is off the hook following a highly publicized copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the estate of Spirit’s Randy Wolfe (a.k.a., Randy California). Following a two-year legal battle, a Los Angeles jury found last week that Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” did Read more about The Song Remains the Same: Jury Shows a Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven[…]

Keep Calm and Protect Your Intellectual Property Post ‘Brexit’

Keep Calm and Protect Your Intellectual Property Post ‘Brexit’

By, Clayton D. Shorrock, Esq. As we all know, on June 23, 2016, the UK, the worlds’ fifth largest economy, voted to leave the European Union. The so called “Brexit” will have major implications on intellectual property rights in the UK and throughout Europe. While the UK will not officially leave the EU for a Read more about Keep Calm and Protect Your Intellectual Property Post ‘Brexit’[…]