News & Notes
+IPC OBTAINS FAVORABLE SETTLEMENT IN MUSIC ROYALTY LAWSUIT AGAINST CASH MONEY RECORDS AND YOUNG MONEY ENTERTAINMENT
IPC client Maurice “Kenoe” Jordan and his publishing company, Nightrydas, have entered into a settlement with Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment resolving the parties’ dispute over music royalties. Earlier this year IPC filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Kenoe and Nightrydas alleging that Cash Money and Young Money had failed to pay Kenoe and Nightrydas royalties owed for production services related to Lil Wayne’s well-known hits Nightmares of the Bottom and Gotti. In October, the Court entered judgment against Cash Money for approximately $125,000 and against Young Money for approximately $100,000. The settlement satisfies the judgment and resolves all of the disputes raised in the lawsuit. IPC’s Kent Barnett was lead counsel for plaintiffs.
IPC’s attorneys routinely represent clients involved in royalty disputes in a variety of industries, including music, film and print. Lawsuits regarding allegations of unpaid royalties can often be complex, requiring in-depth understanding of the industry’s practice and, often, forensic auditing. Please contact Kent Barnett if you have questions or concerns regarding royalties.
+Oakland Raiders File Trademark Application For “Las Vegas Raiders”
It’s August in New Orleans, and everybody is getting excited that autumn is finally here! Yes, the leaves are still green and the thermometer still routinely hits triple digits but… football is in the air. The first high school jamborees took place last weekend. College football starts up this week, including the historic season-opener for LSU against Wisconsin at venerable Lambeau Filed. And, of course, the Saints are breaking training camp ahead of what will hopefully be another Super Bowl season!
Yes, we at IPC are big football fans, so we get excited when a football story overlaps with our practice area. Last week, the Oakland Raiders filed trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the mark, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, across several goods and services classifications, including education and entertainment services, clothing, mobile applications, football helmets, trading cards, jewelry, and play figures.
In case you’re thinking you missed the press release that the Raiders have relocated, you haven’t. Despite rumors in the news and discussions within the league, the NFL has not confirmed any move for the Raiders. But that hasn’t stopped the South Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, which is currently reviewing plans to build a domed stadium in Las Vegas that would house the Raiders. It also hasn’t stopped the Raiders from filing an “intent to use” trademark application in anticipation of rolling out the team’s new brand. Similarly, the San Diego Chargers filed applications with the PTO in January to register the marks, LA CHARGERS and LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, despite continuing with plans for a yet-to-be-approved new stadium in San Diego.
There are two significant take-aways from this story. First, a business need not wait until it starts using a trademark in order to protect it. We at IPC are here to help you with early development and protection of your brand before you start using it. That way, when your brand hits the market, you can rest easier knowing that your IP rights are protected.
Second, monitoring activity at the USPTO within your industry may often lead to news that is not yet public. IPC’s lawyers assist clients with monitoring patent, trademark and copyright filings within specific industries or by specific competitors. One can often obtain valuable information about the next product or the next brand to hit the market — before it hits the market.
+IPC initiates litigation for Solo Industries, Inc.
IPC has initiated litigation in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of Solo Industries, Inc., the holder of patent, trademark and copyright interests in the SOLOPIPE smoking device. The Complaint seeks monetary and injunctive relief against an alleged counterfeiter selling fake smoking devices that infringe on Solo’s intellectual property rights.
+Zangara + Partners retained IPC to enforce copyrights
Zangara + Partners, a New Orleans-based architectural firm, has retained IPC to assist the firm in registering end enforcing its copyrights in architectural works. IPC assists clients across a broad spectrum of industries with securing, policing and enforcing copyright interests.
+Sazerac Files Suit Against Jack Daniels
In a very short period of time, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey has become one of the most successful liquor brands, passing long-time favorites such as Jameson Irish whiskey, Patron tequila and Jose Cuervo tequila (Fireball is projected to pass Jagermeister as the default bar shot) as one of the top ten most popular liquors. No surprise, then, that New Orleans-based Sazerac Company, the producer of Fireball, vigorously protects its intellectual property rights in the popular beverage. Today, Sazerac filed suit against Jack Daniel’s, saying that the Jack Daniels’ use of a Google search advertising feature to confuse customers and divert sales of Sazerac’s Fireball cinnamon-flavored whisky to its own spiced liquor constitutes trademark infringement.
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