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The battle over Reading Rainbow

A 2009 tweet from LeVar Burton gave fans of Reading Rainbow a glimmer of hope. The star of “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” announced a revival of the popular show that encouraged people to read in every episode that aired from 1983 to 2006.

How are trademarks, patents, copyrights created? P.2

Previously, we began looking at some of the general differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights. As we noted, these differences lie not only in the fact that these protections apply to different types of intellectual property, but also in the types of protection available under both state and federal law.

How are trademarks, patents, copyrights created?

For many people, trademark, patent and copyright protection are something of a mystery beyond the general idea that they indicate different types of intellectual property protection. For those who don’t understand the ins and outs of intellectual property law, exactly what these protections do, and how they are created, is not often accurately understood.

The post-Supreme Court ruling future of offensive trademarks

As with any Supreme Court decision, the recent ruling striking down a 70-year ban on the registration of disparaging trademarks has wide-ranging effects. Most prominently, the Washington Redskins, an NFL team who lost their trademark due to its offensive nature, may likely become the one of the largest beneficiaries.

Brand names in everyday use: When do trademarks become just words?

As every business owner, marketing expert and "Mad Men" fan knows, a lot goes into building a successful brand. There's the name, imagery, typography, colors, symbols, taglines - all of which work together to (ideally) make the brand instantly recognizable.

A horrific legal battle over the rights to a movie franchise

In the Friday the 13th series of films, victims fearful for their lives did everything they could to get away from a lumbering giant named Jason. Thirty-seven years later, his alleged creator wants the monster in a hockey mask to come back.

An estate and licensees in a legal jam

At the start of his music career, Bob Marley recorded, "One Cup of Coffee,” a song on his debut “Judge Not” album. Released under the pseudonym of Bobby Martell, the tune was described as a “strange saga of separation and financial settlement.” The lyrics included a particular line that became somewhat of a harbinger of things to come for the estate he left behind.

A new alliance between Apple and Nokia born out of a lawsuit

Nokia was once the world’s largest seller of mobile phones. However, when Apple and Samsung began to gain prominence, if not a dominant share of the market, the Finnish telecommunications company found themselves no longer leading the pack.

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