The Commodification of College Athletes

A recent Indiana Supreme Court case has ruled that statistical information relating to college athletes’ performances is not protected under their right to publicity as they are newsworthy and the information is free to use. The holding comes after several student-athletes brought claims against online mobile fantasy sports and gambling…

Blurring Some Lines

The 9th Circuit upheld an appeal challenging a verdict against artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, authors of “Blurred Lines,” for infringement of the iconic Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up.” The Circuit decision focused on the sound and style of the song in finding infringement, determining that…

Pabst Blue Ribbon uses Twitter to Police Intellectual Property Rights

Last week beer maker Pabst Blue Ribbon, a/k/a PBR, used its Twitter account @PabstBlueRibbon in a humorous way to forewarn professional wrestler superstar John Cena and his employer World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (d/b/a WWE) of PBR’s intellectual property (IP) rights. As shown in PBR’s tweet below, John Cena’s new T-shirt…

Winter NAMM show

Firm members attended the January NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. The firm is a NAMM member and over the past 17 years has developed considerable experience in patenting of music related products and litigation of music matters. We were fortunate to stop and see some of our clients, some great…

5th Circuit Argument

Members of the Firm's trial team (John Buche, Scott Compton, Byron Ma) argued in the 5th Circuit in New Orleans on Monday. On appeal were two trial court pretrial rulings about copyright preemption of claims for unfair competition and conversion of intangible property, namely drawings. New Orleans is a fine…