Featured Client: Charlie Johnson, Fire & Ice

Congratulations to Charlie Johnson, of Fire&Ice, LLC for getting his kickstarter campaign off and running: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1166293367/fit-roller-ultimate-warm-up-performance-and-recove?ref=2&utm_source=2&utm_medium=2&utm_campaign=launchboom Charlie is a celebrated strength trainer in San Diego who perceived a need, and invented a great improvement over standard foam rollers.  His product can readily move from hot to cold, depending on workout…

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…

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…

Court Dismisses Trademark Case about SpongeBob Squarepants Ukuleles with a Flying V® shape

On November 5, 2013, the law firm of Bienstock & Michael, P.C., along with Buche & Associates, P.C. as California (Los Angeles) local counsel, successfully obtained a dismissal of a Plaintiff’s case in a trademark dispute between Plaintiff Gibson Brands (“Gibson”) and Defendant John Hornby Skewes & Co (“JHS”) because…