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Quantifying the Financial Value of Intellectual Property Assets

What is the value of your company’s trademarks? What about the patents or copyrights you hold? Is the value of those intangible assets reflected anywhere on the company balance sheets?   Trademarks, patents, and copyrights are often used as collateral for loans that companies obtain from banks. Merger and acquisition (M&A) agreements, if done correctly, include inventories of IP assets (both registered and unregistered) because those intangible assets bring value to the sale of the business.  […]

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Marks Gray Grows Its Intellectual Property Practice

Exciting news: The team of Mitchell Ghaneie Law is joining Marks Gray. This will make us one of the region’s largest full-service intellectual property practices.  With the additions, our new practice team will include three attorneys and two registered patent agents. Overall, Marks Gray has grown to 28 attorneys and a total of 60 employees. Our new team members strengthen Marks Gray’s position in the market. Now we can provide the full-service intellectual property legal […]

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Termination Rights: Are Original Marvel Illustrators and Writers Entitled to a Piece of Disney’s Profits?

Currently, Disney faces multiple termination of copyright notices filed on behalf of five comic writers and artists of the original Marvel Comics.  The artists (or their heirs) claim that they played pivotal development roles in creating characters like Spider-Man and Iron Man. Even though Disney owns Marvel, these writers and artists want to take back the copyrights for their characters. Bottom line, this means once the creators own the copyright they could receive a percentage […]

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Do You Make NFTs? What You Need to Know About Copyright Protection

What do LeBron James, Kings of Leon, and a hybrid Pop Tart/cat monster have in common? They all comprise pieces of a trending type of art that lives on the internet: NFTs, or “nonfungible tokens.” These digital art pieces cannot be replicated, because they employ blockchain, the same decentralized programming foundation as cryptocurrency.  In fact, the two commonly coexist — people commonly pay for NFTs in cryptocurrency. If you create NFTs, all of this likely […]

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Adding a New Aesthetic or Expression Is Not Necessarily Transformative

In 1981, photographer Lynn Goldsmith did a photoshoot with Prince while on assignment for Newsweek. While those images were never published, Vanity Fair licensed one of them in 1984 for an illustration by Andy Warhol. Mr. Warhol ultimately used the photo to create 16 different works. Goldsmith, however, did not even learn about them until 2016, when Vanity Fair published them — without giving her credit — following Prince’s death.  As a preemptive measure, The […]

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What You Need to Know about the Marrakesh Treaty

Although popular book titles are commonly produced in formats accessible to the visually impaired (for example, in audiobook or braille format), lesser-known titles are frequently only available in written format. Unfortunately, this means that an enormous number of books cannot be accessed by those with a visual impairment. The Marrakesh Treaty was created to address this global human rights concern.  Under the treaty, countries are required to provide an exception to their copyright laws to […]

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