Can You Trademark Recipes? Fire Cider Demonstrates Why it is Problematic

The New York Times frequently publishes stories about intellectual property.  Even though there is a small percentage of lawyers that practice and are experts in this field, the impact of intellectual property is increasing in the economies and markets. This past Sunday (March, 17th, 2019) the NYT printed and posted online this article about the perils of trademarking recipes and generic names, in this case, an herbal drink called Fire Cider. Fire Cider is a…

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The European Union Moving to Trademark Perfumes

The law protects the creations of individuals through patents, copyrights, and trademarks so they can benefit of the economic gains of their efforts and defend the use of their intellectual property by other entities, businesses or individuals. The most common trademarks are visual, such as logos, slogans, which distinguish a product or service but is important to note that not only graphics or visuals can be trademarked. Recently, the courts in Europe are moving in the…

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Avengers, Beauty and Guardians of the Galaxy Facing the Court

Thanks, Bhavini Mistry for your collaboration. Movie companies Paramount Pictures, Fox, and Disney were sued for copyright infringement by Rearden LLC for using their MOVA “facial motion-capture technology” in their box-office winning films Marvel’s Avengers, Beauty and the Beast, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Rearden LLC believes that these movies have used their technology without consent and should be confiscated or even destroyed. They also claim that they own the output of their facial software program. The…

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