Stan Lee, the Creator Who Mismanaged His Intellectual Property

Stan Lee died yesterday, November 12th, 2018, and the super-heroes are mourning. He was a pop culture revolutionary, a writer, an editor, and publisher of superheroes’ stories that where human, complete with self-doubts and fragility who, nonetheless, overcame their flaws to triumph against villains. He was a prolific producer of wealth, but not for himself. Films based on his characters have produced approximately 24 billions of dollars worldwide, according to an estimate by The Numbers,…

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Client Spotlight: NX-Nardcotix Fiercely Protects Its Electronic Designs on Second Life

There is a world where all your little heart’s desires can come true: You live in a beautiful custom-designed mansion with a sparkling swimming pool where you gather your beautiful, model-like friends while you sashay a firm, bikini-clad body, martini in hand. It is called Second Life. Second Life is a virtual word launched in 2003 which has approximately a million regular users. Users create avatars of themselves to interact with places, objects, and other…

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Pharrell Williams Threatens to Sue White House for Playing “Happy” After Synagogue Shooting

Even though President Trump and his family are avid traders of trademarks and manage their last name as a brand in multiple industries, he does not seem to respect others’ intellectual property as he should. Once again, a musician has sent through his lawyers a cease and desist letter to the White House for the use of music in Trump’s political rallies without permission. We already wrote about other complaints to the White House in…

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Ride Share Alternatives: Tripstars Offers Professional Services that Challenges Uber and Lyft

It takes guts to compete against Uber and Lyft, the giants of the rideshare universe, but a company in Phoenix is offering personalized ride share services at better prices for the consumer while providing above-industry incentives to qualified new drivers to join. TripStars is such a company. An immigrant-owned rideshare enterprise serving the metro-phoenix area, Tripsart has a passion for doing things differently. How can a company compete the tech giants?  By offering better, local services…

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Hackers Making Selective Changes to Trademark Filings Underscore the Value of IP Assets

Bad guys are always looking to profit from other people’s properties and intellectual property (such as trademarks) is not the exception. You may be surprised that, yes, people steal businesses names, logos, copyrighted material, and that bad actors are getting more sophisticated in the way they take advantage of the owners. They are going high-tech. Just last week, mid-October 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an e-mail alerting trademark owners of…

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Bill Modernizes Licensing Between Music and Streaming Services

The music industry scored a major victory last week with the help of the current administration, when President Trump signed a long-awaited bill called The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551) on Thursday, October 11th, 2018. Surrounded by well know musicians, president Trump updated the intersection of Intellectual Property, streaming services, and music, reforming the licensing landscape and finalizing landmark reform to the United States copyright law. This new bill adapts the law to the digital…

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