Yes, I have been absent. No, nothing is wrong. Yes, I have been keeping up with everything going in the world by way of entertainment, copyright and trademark law. And, I have missed you all! Thank you to those readers who wrote in, tweeted or otherwise let me know you miss the blog. To say … Continue reading
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It’s Time to Light the Lights – Again
It’s time to light the lights, again. For those who do not know me well, it might come as a surprise to you that this very serious intellectual property law nerd loves a frog. Few things bring me more joy than Kermit the Frog. As young girl growing up in my version of a swamp, lower … Continue reading
Part 1: Copyright & Trademark Law for the Wedding Industry
What’s not to love about a wedding? There are flowers, music, good food, it is expected you eat cake and also dance ridiculously. If I could choose any profession besides my own, I would be a wedding planner and have even been known to help friends from time to time in this area. Simply, I … Continue reading
Confessions of an Aspiring Intellectual Property Attorney: What I Learned, Hope to Learn and What I Wish My Creative Friends Knew
For the first time, this week’s post is written by a guest author. KeNosha Robinson is a rising 2L law student at Mississippi College School of Law who will enter into her first official intellectual property classes in a few days. I had the pleasure of working with her this Summer while she served as … Continue reading
The Trademark of Friendship
Southern girls are known for many things. Big hair, impeccable manners, and the ability to pull together a shower, tea, tailgate or dinner party at a moment’s notice, complete with delicious food and sweet tea. We also know the proper times when “Bless your heart” is a genuine statement of concern and when it is … Continue reading
Can I Resell That Knockoff Bag?
Yard sale groups on Facebook are the new way to sell your gently used clothes, electronics and furniture without the hassle of actually setting up for a yard sale. They are usually setup by your city name, and you can find some pretty good deals. But, with all good deals comes the buyer beware. Discussions within … Continue reading
Top 5 Misconceptions Related to Creating a Brand or New Trademark
This past week I had the pleasure of speaking to the American Advertising Federation’s Jackson Chapter about intellectual property law for the creative professional. The audience was made up of advertising agencies, graphic designers and public relations individuals. As you can imagine, the group had a lot of really great questions. I enjoyed their group … Continue reading
Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law for 2015, So Far …
Can you believe the year is half way over? It seems like one day I was bundling up wondering if the winter would ever end, and today I’m getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. The post this week is a look back over the hot topics and posts you, my readers, have found … Continue reading
Finding Balance with Yoga, Trademark and Copyright Law
It is obvious intellectual property issues weave their way into creative businesses, such as music, writing and film. What I think is most interesting is how intellectual property issues are finding their way into nonobvious businesses. Outside of simply trademarking the name of the business, because of social media, all businesses are now creators of … Continue reading
Why Reviving Colonel Sanders Was Legally Necessary
The news outlets, marketing trade magazines and Twitter came alive this week when Colonel Sanders galloped back onto the scene to once again promote his Kentucky Fried Chicken. Numerous articles talked about his return, the advertising reasons behind bringing him, and the hope to de-throne Chick-fil-A. The campaign even evoked a little star power by … Continue reading
What is the Difference between ® and TM used on a logo?
It is usually a good indication to me that a topic should be covered when I receive the same question several times in a row and within a short period of time. The question most recently focuses on trademark law. How do you let the world know you have a valid trademark? Why do some … Continue reading
Should I Register My Trademark Without an Attorney?
I often get questions along the lines of, “Can I do this myself?” Most recently the questions center around, “Can I attempt a trademark registration of my name/logo/brand?” Admittedly, I do play for Team Lawyer; however, even if I did not play for the team, I would still answer with a strong “No Way!” Just … Continue reading