#BrandInfringement in the News: New Posthumous Aaliyah album produced by…Drake?

Okay, I can’t believe what I’m reading in the news. Pop singer Hip Hop artist Recording Artist Drake has released a single including the vocals of Aaliyah. About Aaliyah –  In the 1990’s there were three major African American female vocalists on the airwaves and music videos:  Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah.  Aaliyah was dubbed the princess of R &B….

#BrandInfringement: The issue of “Stealing Ideas and TV show Formats”

CBS hasn’t given up on claims that the ABC reality series The Glass House is an illegitimate knockoff of its long-running hitBig Brother.  Despite a judge’s order in July denying an injunction and notwithstanding disappointing ratings for the ABC show, CBS is going forward with its lawsuit that alleges copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. This…

Brands are a serious matter: Cuba Denounces US over BRANDING RIGHTS!

This is why a law firm like mine is so necessary.  People take brand identity and the rights they have created in their brands very seriously. Geneva, July 27.- Cuba on Thursday denounced the United States to the General Council of the World Trade Organization over the usurpation of its Havana Club rum brand, saying…

Trademarks in the News: Blue Ivy Carter & Trayvon Martin

Why do they do it? We all are keenly aware that Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z have a lovely daughter named Blue Ivy Carter…and why this may be newsworthy. We are also keenly aware of who Trayvon Martin is and why this is newsworthy. There are two additional stories related to these events: the trademark…

Kudos to FedEx!

I dropped by my neighborhood FedEx Office today to pickup materials for a client meeting. As I’m reviewing the printed materials, two [older] gentlemen came in and approached the counter. I wasn’t looking at them, I was just listening. Here’s how the conversation went: Them: We wanna make copies of these. Clerk: If these are…

How much money are you losing?

Favorite “Lightbulb Moment” of the Month “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” – Charles Caleb Colton Late last month, I spoke with a prospective client who was very upset.  Let’s call him “John”.  John is a very good graphic designer.  Actually, he is an outstanding graphic designer.  He contacted me because there was a…