Category: Intellectual Property

The High Cost of Celebrity Trademarks and Other Expanding Intellectual Property Rights

Part 3 of a 3-Part Series on Celebrity Trademarks: As the number of trademark applications continues to increase, whether for celebrities, craft beer names, or anything else, the market for commercial creativity decreases. This may initially seem like a small matter; however, it is truly a growing concern. Unlike copyright or patent protection, trademark rights are granted in perpetuity –… Read more →

Celebrity Trademark Owners – The Bullies of the Intellectual Property World

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on Celebrity Trademarks: Receiving a dreaded “cease and desist” letter from a large firm can cause anyone to shiver in fear at the prospect of costly litigation. This is especially true for small and family or individually owned businesses. These small operations may not have the money to hire attorneys to defend against claims… Read more →

Wrangling in “the Left Shark” – What is Happening in the World of Celebrity Trademarks?

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series on Celebrity Trademarks: In recent months we have seen a lot of headlines regarding celebrity trademarks. While performers have been trademarking their name for years – it may surprise you to learn that Frank Sinatra obtained trademark protection in 1935 based on his first performance as a singer – it is a relatively new… Read more →