Monkeying Around with Copyright Law

Monkeying Around with Copyright Law

The two-year ‘monkey selfie’ dispute between David Slater, a British Wildlife photographer, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has driven copyright lawyers bananas and finally reached a settlement. Monkey See. Monkey Do. This legal battle began in the Indonesian jungle when Naruto, the macaque monkey, snapped a ‘selfie’ using Slater’s unattended Read more about Monkeying Around with Copyright Law[…]

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?[…]

U.S. Supreme Court Hands Samsung a Win

U.S. Supreme Court Hands Samsung a Win

By Winifred E. Campbell On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics as to the damages it owes to Apple in a design patent dispute that has been in the courts for years. The ruling potentially relieves Samsung of having to pay $399 million to Apple for patent Read more about U.S. Supreme Court Hands Samsung a Win[…]

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[…]

The Doctrine of Unclean Hands: When Deals Get Dirty

The Doctrine of Unclean Hands: When Deals Get Dirty

By Winifred E. Campbell, Esq. This month, a U.S. district judge for the Northern District of California determined that Merck & Company, Inc. (“Merck”) will have to pay the attorneys’ fees for Gilead Sciences, Inc. (“Gilead”) based on the doctrine of unclean hands related to Gilead’s defense of a messy patent infringement litigation. There’s no Read more about The Doctrine of Unclean Hands: When Deals Get Dirty[…]

In the Trenches: Issue Spotting

In the Trenches: Issue Spotting

By Christopher J. McHattie & Tara Quaglione In the midst of litigation, or as it seems at times the “fog of war,” a key function of both attorneys and clients is to “issue spot;” i.e., to carefully consider each newly discovered fact and potential problem, to scrutinize even the most minute detail, because it may Read more about In the Trenches: Issue Spotting[…]

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[…]

STARBUCKS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES A BREACH OF AN EXPRESS WARRANTY

STARBUCKS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES A BREACH OF AN EXPRESS WARRANTY

By: Christie McGuinness and Winifred E. Campbell, Esq. Nothing embodies the season of fall more than Homecoming football games, Halloween, and pumpkin picking. Well, maybe with the exception of Starbucks’ infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. A season staple of the coffee mega house, it is something many Americans look forward to, and it has become a Read more about STARBUCKS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES A BREACH OF AN EXPRESS WARRANTY[…]