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Catch the latest blog updates and news from Assaad Lyn on everything from deep dives on trademarked movie characters to public copyright and contract lawsuits. Grab some coffee and enjoy!

The Strength of Control

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…

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Copyright Office brings in the Copyright Claims Board!

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…

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Nintendo Defends Copyright – Shuts Down Metroid Fan Project

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…

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Recent USPTO Delays

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…

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Behind the Scenes: Finished Writing A Novel!

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…

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Copyright and Trademark Lawsuit News

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…

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Copyright Act §106

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)…

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Video Game Company, Raw Fury, Publishes Publisher Agreement

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…

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USPTO To Increase Fees, Effective January 2, 2021

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 class

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