Intellectual Property Blog

Dance Moves – Can You Claim Copyright Infringement?

Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Associate Logan McEwen The boundaries of copyright law are tested in an increasingly digital world, but digital arts can give a new perspective on old issues. Like the question: can you claim copyright infringement for a dance move? That is the question raised by claims against the videogame Fortnite from entertainers Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Terrence Ferguson (rapper 2 Milly), and Russell Horning (Backpack Kid). […]

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Tips for Business Owners: What to Do After Discovering Infringement of Your IP – Part 3: Take Legal Action

After discovering possible infringement of your copyrights or trademarks, you should consult with an intellectual property attorney who will offer guidance on possible legal action. Typically, there are two main steps: sending a cease-and-desist letter and then filing a petition or lawsuit if necessary. Send a Cease-and-Desist Letter In many situations, this is an appropriate and cost-effective first step. You may be able to stop the infringing actions simply by informing the individual or business […]

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Tips for Business Owners: What to Do After Discovering Infringement of Your IP Assets– Part 2: Consultation

You have evaluated someone’s use of your trademark or copyright-protected work and believe it constitutes infringement. It is now time to consult with your intellectual property lawyer. Preparing ahead of time will make your initial contact with legal counsel more efficient. The questions you have already answered for yourself are usually the ones an intellectual property lawyer will ask, so you should bring all evidence of the infringement you have found to your meeting. For […]

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5 New Year Tips for Business Owners

Happy New Year! As we start off 2019, here are a few tips for business owners that can help prevent bigger problems down the road. Read and make sure you understand all contracts you sign. I am always amazed at the number of business owners who come to me for assistance after they have signed an agreement. They are usually upset that the other party is not performing the way the business owner thought the […]

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The Marks Gray Intellectual Property Newsletter for December

Welcome! As usual, I attained invaluable knowledge at the annual International Trademark Association (INTA) Leadership Meeting. I share a lesson from one particularly moving speaker that I hope you will enjoy in the December newsletter. You will also find practical information for handling your business’s copyrights and avoiding potential lawsuits related to street art. On behalf of the entire Intellectual Property team at Marks Gray, I would like to wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy […]

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