Are Racist Trademarks Legal?

This year has been one of protests and indignation for the number of deaths of black individuals by police forces across the USA.  The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, not only the racism that hurts or kills. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. Others were called out for their lack of black and brown representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection…

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Intellectual Property, Open Source, and Coronavirus

There is controversy about how the generation of intellectual property should be handled in the case of a national pandemic. Some are trying to assert and defend the role of private businesses to protect their discoveries and developments of test kits, vaccines, masks, ventilators or other products. In his address from the Rose Garden on March 13th, Trump’s team emphasized the role of private companies to develop solutions for the pandemic. Others are taking an…

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Trademarks: Trends for 2020 and the New Decade

A new year has started and we pinpoint three important trends in the trademark and intellectual protection world: Increased interest to protect intellectual property through registered trademarks. The last decade analysts saw a marked increase of trademark filings. Approximately, 7 million trademark applications were filed worldwide in 2016, which represent 16.4% more than in 2015, reaching a new high each following year. There are now almost three times as many trademark applications being filed around…

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Ariana Grande, Others, Suing for the Unappropriated Use of Their Images

Persons can be powerful marketing tools who can command millions of dollars in revenue. We are talking of celebrities and influencers such as Ariana Grande selling and endorsing products. Recently, two litigation cases have been reported about the unappropriated use of a person’s rights and likeness. The singer and performer Ariana Grande is suing Forever 21 for the use of a lookalike young woman to promote the giant retailer’s brands and, in a different case,…

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