Recently, state governments have begun to claim a copyright interest in their official published codes of law, in particular arguing that ancillary
materials such as annotations to the statutory text are subject to state-held copyright protection because those materials are not binding commands that carry the force of law.
Patent term extension (PTE) is a statutorily-based mechanism to compensate inventors for patent term loss due to regulatory delay during the drug approval process at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the context of pharmaceutical products, PTE is only available for the active ingredient of a drug formulation.
Some perceive trademark protection as a reward for a mark owner’s labor in cultivating his business goodwill. However, among legal scholars and academics, the prevailing theoretical explanation for trademark protection is utilitarian, focusing on increasing consumer welfare.
Mickey Mouse, the iconic mascot of the Walt Disney Company, is one of the most recognizable and beloved characters in the world.
Our Spring 2020 issue, Volume 9, Issue 2, is comprised of five individual pieces that explore significant, current themes in intellectual property and entertainment law, ranging from providing guidance from practice and experience, to questioning the very underlying legal framework of trademark law.
Immediate recognition is the epitome of success for musical artists. Few artists attain the level of success at which fans easily identify
their sound from a mere snippet of a track, joining the ranks of artists like Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Ella Fitzgerald. Their unique sounds are almost immediately recognizable and easily distinguished from other artists in their genres. In the modern rap and pop world, Pitbull has attained this level of notoriety.