Report calls for worldwide crackdown on fake medications

A recent report in the British Medical Journal has claimed that counterfeit drugs seriously jeopardize public health in developing nations. Florida readers can see this as a real-life example of how intellectual property can be a very crucial component of society.

The report claims that up to a third of malaria drugs distributed in developing […]

By |November 30th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Thanks to transferability of trademarks, Twinkies likely not gone forever

Now that Hostess has gone out of business, will Naples readers be forever deprived of their Twinkies?

Not likely.

Even though Hostess, the maker of gloriously empty-calorie fare like Ding-Dongs and Zingers, had its financial troubles, some of its trademarked brands (like Twinkies) sold quite well and achieved a certain level of fame. That means those […]

By |November 20th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

China: Our reputation for piracy is a stereotype

Any Florida resident with a passing knowledge of global politics knows that China has a reputation for ripping off the work of American firms. It’s common knowledge that a great deal of the knockoff handbags, counterfeit electronics and illegally replicated media items that are sold in the U.S. come from China.

China, however, doesn’t appreciate […]

By |November 12th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Trademark issue raised in connection with Denzel Washington’s ‘Flight’

If a mainstream movie uses a trademarked product as part of its storyline, but portrays that product in a negative light, can that be considered a “fair use?”

That’s the question that is hanging over a request Anheuser-Busch has made to Paramount Pictures to have the┬átrademarked Budweiser logo edited out of digital and DVD copies […]

By |November 8th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Will Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City be singing copyright infringement blues?

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City are two of the most squeaky-clean entertainers in the business. So would any of us in Florida every really believe that they stole the material that eventually became their hit duet “Good Time”?

That’s what an Alabama singer-songwriter is saying happened.

The singer-songwriter has filed a lawsuit against Jepsen, Owl […]

By |November 2nd, 2012|General|0 Comments|