Intellectual Property Blog 2018-08-17T16:06:15+00:00

Intellectual Property Blog

Does My Business Need An IP Audit?

  The value of intangible assets including intellectual property (IP) is rising steeply in the U.S. and globally.  Businesses and their advisors need to understand and leverage a company’s portfolio of IP assets to maximize present and future value.  An IP audit may help. Tangible and Intangible Business Value In years past, the strength and value of a business was often measured by its tangible assets such as land, buildings, equipment, and inventory.  Today, however, most of the strength and value of a business typically arises from its intangible assets such as IP.  Although a typical company’s assets a generation [...]

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property|0 Comments

New Copyright Law: Music Modernization Act (MMA)

On October 11, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law.  This bipartisan law amends the U.S. Copyright Act, and is the first major reform of music copyright law in the U.S. in decades. The MMA seeks to streamline music licensing and royalties in the digital age, protect pre-1972 sound recordings, and provide a mechanism to share sound recording royalties with music producers, mixers, and engineers.  The MMA includes three key components: (1) Music Licensing Modernization (Title I); (2) Classics Protection and Access (Title II); and (3) Allocation for Music Producers [...]

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property|0 Comments

Cybersquatting and Public Use: The Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently decided a case involving trademark protection for domain names. The case, Direct Niche, LLC v. Via Varejo S/A, 898 F.3d 1144 (11th Cir. 2018), involved alleged cybersquatting, which refers to the bad faith registration or use of a domain name containing someone else’s trademark or name. Plaintiff Via Varejo, a Brazilian corporation, owned roughly forty trademarks worldwide for the “Casas Bahia” brand, under which its subsidiary operated a chain of retail stores throughout Brazil.  Worldwide, Via Varejo used the Casas Bahia mark in e-commerce under the domain name, [...]

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property|0 Comments

Is Intellectual Property a Constitutional Right?

By Stephen D. Wilson | October 16, 2018 Did you know that the United States Constitution has an intellectual property (IP) clause? The IP Clause of the U.S. Constitution (1787) The U.S. Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution grants Congress the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”  This clause is the source of power for Congress to enact laws governing copyrights and patents, and some refer to it [...]

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property|0 Comments

Should U.S. Brand Owners Be Worried About Brexit?

By Stephen D. Wilson | September 25, 2018 In an increasingly global, crowded, and competitive market, savvy U.S. brand owners recognize the strategic benefits, value, and necessity of protecting their trademarks and other intellectual property (IP) beyond U.S. borders.  The United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) are important markets for many U.S. businesses.  However, Brexit is creating uncertainty for U.S. companies of all shapes and sizes across all industries. What Is Brexit? On June 23, 2016, the UK rocked the world with a referendum vote to exit the EU, by a narrow margin of 52% to 48%.  The [...]

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property|0 Comments

Copyright Infringement Litigation: Registration v. Application

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation in the case of Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v., LLC and Jerrold D. Burden. The issue for the Court to decide is one that has long caused division among the U.S. Circuit Courts: Does the U.S. Copyright Act authorize a copyright owner to sue for copyright infringement: (A) immediately after filing a copyright application; or (B) only after the U.S. Copyright Office (“USCO”) issues (or refuses to issue) a copyright registration certificate? The Copyright Act [...]

By | August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property|0 Comments