The seventh circuit court of appeals in Chicago ruled on June 16 that the copyright on Sherlock Holmes has expired. The copyright has been in dispute between the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle and editor, Leslie Klinger, of The New Annotated

Hershey’s recently filed a lawsuit against a Seattle marijuana cooperative. Hershey’s claims this marijuana cooperative is selling cannabis products that resemble names and designs of their company. These include “Reefers Peanut Butter Cups” and “Kush Peanut Butter Cups,” imitating Reese’s

Ikea Fights Fan Website over Trademark

Ikea does not play around when it comes to others using their trademark as seen recently with a dispute they had with an operator of a site called Only a Fan of Ikea The operator of, Mei

In October of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Young of Owl City were sued for copyright infringement by Allyson Burnett. Burnett claimed their song, “Good Time,” was stolen from her song “Ah, It’s A Love Song” (released in 2010).

Often times, companies think about their intellectual property when it is too late, which can lead to IP skeletons in the closet. For example, most founders create their business on the side while working a day job. These individuals forget

Tesla Doesn’t Need Patents|Intellectual Property

The CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, wrote a blog on June 12, 2014 on Tesla’s website that announced that they would join the open source movement and not have patents for their vehicles. Tesla Motors has created a new

While it’s not considered an area this is not encouraged to enter, cybercrime is a growing industry, according to Bloomberg. In a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, it states that there is “no credible scenario in

The Beastie Boys Take on the Monster

Kevin Puvalowski, the lawyer representing the Beastie Boys, is claiming that the use by Monster Beverage Corporations of Beastie Boys music in a promotional video was “absolutely egregious”. The Brooklyn-born Lawyer is demanding the energy drink company to pay two

Protect IP Before It’s Too Late!

For a start-up company, drawing the attention of incubators, or organizations who take smaller companies under their wing to guide them for success, is a major achievement.  Not only does the company gain credibility but it’s on the way to

Europe Changes for its Own Patent System

Europe has decided to implement a new unitary patent system and Unified Patent Court for 2016. Unitary Patent System The new unitary patent system will allow applicants to only file one application for a patent that would apply in numerous

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