Maria Speth

Maria Speth

Jaburg Wilk

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Stretching Copyright Law Too Far: A Sequence of Yoga Poses Are Not Copyrightable

A recent case decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the federal appellate court for Arizona and California, has made a predictable determination that a sequence of yoga moves cannot be protected as...more

10/27/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyrightable Subject Matter Popular

Monkeying with Copyrights: Who Owns the Monkey Selfies? A Lesson in Copyright Ownership

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of a crested macaque monkey, who famously snapped a smiling selfie of himself using wildlife photographer David...more

10/12/2015 - Authorship Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Ownership PETA Photographs Popular Public Domain Selfies Work-For-Hire Young Lawyers

Dot Sucks: A Battle Between Trademark Rights and Free speech

When the organization responsible for assigning domain names announced several years ago that it would expand the generic top level domain name system from the previous 21 to an unlimited number, brand owners knew their legal...more

12/23/2014 - Cybersquatting Domain Names Free Speech gTLD ICANN Sunrise Periods Trademarks UDRP

Arizona Court of Appeals Recognizes Right of Publicity While Protecting Free Speech in Precedent Setting Case

For the first time ever, an Arizona state court has recognized that individuals enjoy a right of publicity that protects them from the unauthorized use of their name or likeness for commercial or trade purposes. In its April...more

11/11/2014 - Estate Planning First Amendment Free Speech Popular Right of Publicity

Was Dumb Starbucks Smart?

Comedian Nathan Fielder created a media stir, and long lines, when he opened a coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks. The establishment was quickly closed down for not having a permit. In the short time that the shop was open,...more

2/14/2014 - Infringement Starbucks Trademarks

What should my company be aware of when launching a new website?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Intellectual Property attorney Maria Crimi Speth discusses various legal issues a company should be aware of when launching a new website....more

11/15/2013 - Copyright Marketing Trademarks Websites

Not All Trademarks Are Created Equal

When it comes time to choose a name for the new product or service you are launching, it is important to know that not all trademarks are created equal. In addition to the marketing considerations of choosing a brand name,...more

9/30/2013 - Brand Generic Merely Descriptive Trademark Office Trademarks

Protect Your Brand Against Cybersquatters On The New Internet

Registering with the Trademark Clearinghouse begins March 26, 2013 - Maybe you have heard that the Internet is about to drastically change. Maybe you have heard that by the middle of this year, domain names ending in...more

3/7/2013 - Brand Cybersquatting gTLD ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse Trademarks

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