Copyright/Trademarks

  • Viacom legal department tackles the challenges of entertainment law in a changing landscape

    Michael Fricklas, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Viacom shared his thoughts, touching on issues such as mobile devices and social media.

  • New York Comic Con shines spotlight on entertainment, IP

    Of course, when you are in the entertainment business, you are faced with a lot of intellectual property concerns, as you must protect your trademarks and copyrights vigorously.

  • A mile in these shoes might be uncomfortable

    While attempting to defend their actions, the retailers have raised an interesting and little used defense in trademark infringement litigation: the unclean hands defense.

  • Entertaining the thought

    "I don't want to be the lawyer that all the legal problems come to. I want to be the lawyer that finds a way to make Viacom succeed. If you can't see the goals, you don't know what you fit into.”

  • The King of Comics… Avenged?

    On September 26, the two parties involved in the suit released a joint statement, to the surprise of many.

  • Activision successfully rebuffs patent claim

    Originally brought by McRO, Inc. d.b.a. Planet Blue, the suit alleged that Activision Blizzard violated two patents by using software that automatically animated and synchronized speech patterns to the lips of characters in a number of big budget video games.

  • Activision responds to Noriega lawsuit

    In July, Noriega filed suit against Activision in a Los Angeles Supreme Court for the unwarranted use of his name and likeness in the military campaign shooter “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.” The suit contends that Activision intentionally used Noriega’s likeness in an effort to shore up profits, and...

  • Ins and outs of international IP

    The two spoke about the strategies their companies use in dealing with international IP.

  • Not only alive and well — but full of energy

    So, in sum, it's safe to say the safe distance rule is alive and well. But what does this recent case involving Innovation Ventures, owner of the well-known 5-Hour Energy marks, mean for future plaintiffs and defendants?

  • Trademarking DC’s coolness

    Evidence that the DC Cool tourism campaign was already underway can be found in trademark filing documents. This caught the eye of Joanne Ludovici, partner in the DC office of McDermott Will & Emery LLC and an expert in copyright, trademark and domain name acquisition.

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