News & Notes
+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.
+On behalf of client Traffic Jam Events, IPC filed a Complaint in the United States District Court of New Orleans
On behalf of client Traffic Jam Events, IPC filed a Complaint in the United States District Court of New Orleans against a former employee who left the company to work for a rival competitor. The Complaint alleges that the former employee has shared proprietary, trade secret information with his new employer in violation of trade secret law and a non-disclosure agreement between Traffic Jam and the former employee.
+Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town copyright expires in 2016
With the Christmas holiday just ten (10) weeks away, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the copyright interests in the holiday classic “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” expires next year, in 2016. Music publisher EMI had won a lower court ruling that its copyright n the holiday standard extended to 2029; the appellate court reversed that ruling and limited the copyright duration to next year. The determination of duration of a copyright is not always a matter of simple math; if you have questions regarding the duration of copyrights, please contact us. As a side note, IPC founder Greg Latham holds Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” as his all-time favorite holiday song.
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