Aretha Franklin died without a will. Her Intellectual Property is also at stake

Aretha Franklin’s funeral was fit for the Queen she was, complete with four changes of outfits and several public viewings. To express their admiration and gratitude, her fans traveled from faraway places to be close to her in her final tour. The famous interpreter of RESPECT and Natural Woman died August the 16th, 2018 at the age of 76. Her voice and songs made her the Queen of Soul and the creator of invaluable intellectual property difficult to…

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Steven Tyler orders Trump to stop playing Aerosmith song at rallies

Trump has a collection of letters from Aerosmith. They are not fan letters but cease-and-desist communications. Steven Tyler, Aerosmith lead singer, recently sent the latest cease-and-desist letter to Donald Trump requesting to stop playing the band’s hit song “Livin’ On The Edge” at campaign events. Trump and his campaign managers have been accused several times by several others of using songs without the artists’ permissions. This is a delicate matter.  Artists and composers may not want to…

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Is Your Patent Firm or Attorney Calling You a Genius? Be Wary

The election of a good patent attorney is critical for your invention, your business plans, and your wallet. First of all, some important knowledge: Patent Attorneys are highly specialized business professionals.  On top of a rigorous law degree, bar exam and the acceptance to the state bar association, patent lawyers have a background in science and/or engineering plus a patent bar certification. That means years of education and knowledge on the  STEM (Science Technology, Engineering,…

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Food Porn: The Importance of Trademark Protection for Restaurants

Savvy chefs and restaurateurs know that a restaurant name can be as important and relevant as the food they serve: It can convey an environment, a style or the type of service the clientele will enjoy and complement the dining experience. Protecting the name of a restaurant is vital for owners, since others may seek to capitalize on the success of your brand. Business owners, in general, need to avoid the mistake of thinking that…

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