Martha Engel

Martha Engel

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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The C-word and IP Rights

No, not that c-word. The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights involves a plethora of c-words: copying, counterfeit, copyright, cease-and-desist, CIPO (the Canadian IP Office). But the one I am...more

8/13/2014 - Cease and Desist Copyright Copyright Infringement Counterfeiting

Playing Games Over ANGRY BIRDS

The internet was aflutter yesterday over a lawsuit involving Angry Birds. The artist who created a pet toy line is apparently quite angry that she’s not racking up gold coins from a lucrative license agreement for the mark...more

8/7/2014 - Angry Birds Copyright License Agreements Mobile Apps Trademarks

IP Solicitation Scams on the Rise

In recent months, an increasing number of companies have reported receiving official-looking intellectual property notices and solicitations. These fraudulent solicitations may take the form of invoices, renewal notices, or...more

7/1/2014 - Copyright Fraudulent Inducement Patents Popular Solicitation Trademarks USPTO

The Irrational Life of Pi

Warning: This post may contain an unnecessary amount of nerd humor. Reader discretion is advised. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a bit of a nerd. I enjoy standardized tests, celebrate Pi Day, geek out over a...more

6/4/2014 - Cease and Desist Copyright Copyright Infringement

GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys: Someone’s Been Using My Song

Growing up in the ’80s, I have fond memories of music, TV shows, and toys from that era, like Transformers, Michael Jackson, Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, My Buddy & Kid Sister, Glow Worms, hair bands, He-Man, Square...more

12/5/2013 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Music

I Entertain Therefore I AM

There was some news yesterday that Will.I.am of the Black Eyed Peas “sued” Pharrell Williams, one of my favorite producers and member of N.E.R.D. and The Neptunes, over the I AM OTHER brand. If you have never heard of...more

6/28/2013 - Brand Celebrities Copyright Infringement Music Industry Trademarks

Banksy, I Thought We Were Friends

I have blogged before about one of my favorite graffiti artists, Banksy. Recently there has been some buzz in the ad world about another provocative work attributed to him. It involves a well-known bottle and trademark that...more

6/12/2013 - Advertising Artists Copyright

Batmobile: The Copyright Rises

Over the weekend, I saw an article in the Hollywood Reporter (which incidentally likes to quote our very own Catlan McCurdy, like here and here) discussing the copyright dispute over the 1966 Batmobile. Warner Brothers and...more

1/9/2013 - Copyright Infringement Summary Judgment Trademarks

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