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Are we entering the era of engine sound marks?

One of the biggest issues facing electric car manufacturers is how quiet they are. So quiet in fact that 60 Minutes edited in an engine roar to its Tesla story. The quiet can have dangerous consequences for pedestrians and...more

The “Poo” People Use: Who Owns Emojis

Emojis – those cute images you may find in a keyboard on your Android or iPhone device – have changed the way many people communicate thoughts, ideas, feelings and concepts. They can add a certain level of pizzazz to an...more

Targeting Graphic Tees

Up here in the North, we are big fans of the store that has it all – Target. In fact most Minnesotans will often joke that we cannot step foot in a Target store without spending at least $100 and walking out with items we...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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