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According to the USPTO, LeBron James’s company, Uninterrupted IP LLC. filed for the trademark “Shut Up and Dribble” on July 18, 2022. The phrase has been used in quite a negative manner when talking about basketball players. For LeBron James in particular, a FOX news correspondent told him to do so back in 2018 when discussing the…Keep reading
I finally (finally) saw Spider-Man, No Way Home! The movie was great! I later figured out the real reason why Peter could not get into the college of his choice – #Contracts! Marvel has a lot of control over their #trademark characters. The screenshot shows what restrictions have been placed on Peter Parker. However, there is also…Keep reading
Earlier this month, the copyright claims board came into existence at the copyright office! The goal of it is to more efficiently resolve copyright disputes involving damages of up to $30,000. • Only certain types of claims can be brought before the CCB. Unlike federal court, the CCB’s jurisdiction is limited to certain copyright-related claims. Only three types…Keep reading
Nintendo shut down a Metroid fan project in late August. A little more than a month later, the anticipated Metroid Dread will release. Historically, Nintendo has shut down fan projects, and they have every right to defend their intellectual property. But what power does Nintendo actually have? The apparent fan project was a 2D remake of Metroid…Keep reading
The USPTO has been experiencing a surge in applications, which has lead to processing delays. Normally a trademark examiner would be assigned 3-4 months after filing. Now it’s taking 5-6 months. Take a look at the tables as of the time of this writing from the USPTO itself. The reasons for these delays stem from more small…Keep reading
On Monday, April 26, I finished writing the first draft of my novel! Just under 1 year ago, I found a course called “write your first novel” on Coursera. The pandemic work from home life was in full swing, so I figured I should give it a try. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a…Keep reading
NIKE AND MSCHF AGREE TO SETTLE The latest news worthy trademark case has been Nike v. MSCHF. This case was a trademark infringement case based on the headline smashing “Satan Shoe”. The shoes were a limited release coinciding with Lil Nas X’s latest music video, Montero (Call Me By Your Name). The shoes themselves were customized versions…Keep reading
When someone creates a work of art, whether that’s a book, a script, a photo, or a movie, copyright protection is automatically granted. Copyright law also gives the author, (or authors) the rights listed below. (1) To reproduce the copyrighted work in copes or phonorecords; The right to reproduce, or make more copies of the work. (2)…Keep reading
Is the publisher making the final decision about the marketing? Who decides on what functions are in the game? What about expanding into other forms of entertainment, such as movies, or books? If you’ve had questions like this, then you may finally have some answers on those questions! The video game company Raw Fury, has shared templates…Keep reading
Looks like the USPTO is increasing trademark fees next year. Effective January 2 2021. See final rule: https://www.uspto.gov/trademark/laws-regulations/updated-trademark-ttab-fees-processes?utm_campaign=subscriptioncenter&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= Of note in particular:TEAS Standard: $350 per classUp from $275 per class TEAS Plus: $250 per classUp from $225 per class Processing fee for failing to meet TEAS Plus requirements: $100 per classDown from $125 per classKeep reading
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