IPC Obtains a Patent for Mean Gene Leather

Mean Gene Leather “Burro” AR Magazine Pouch

IPC’s client, Albert Gene Higdon, Jr., of Mean Gene Leather, recently obtained US Patent No. 10,352,652 on his tactical leather carrier pouches. The AR “Burro” Magazine Pouch, which is designed to hold AR type magazines, is handmade from US leather with heat treated 17-4 stainless steel springs, also made in the US.

Gene’s unique approach to tactical gear design is unparalleled in the industry and he continues to be involved and support the firearms and tactical industry partners.

Congratulations to our client, “Mean Gene,” on the continued success of Mean Gene Leather!

IPC Client Edge-Works Granted Rifle Mag Carrier Patent

IPC routinely assists our clients in the firearm and tactical gear industry protect their intellectual property. Recently, one of our clients, Edge-Works Manufacturing Company, a leading developer and manufacturer of tactical gear, was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its novel expandable magazine carrier, the Soft Shell Scorpion Rifle Mag Carrier.

Edge-Works is a Burgaw, NC company that specializes in the development and production of G-code holsters and accessories. The Soft Shell Scorpion Rifle Mag Carrier is a hybrid that combines unconventional materials, construction methods and features in a way that elevates function and brings performance to new levels. IPC is thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with Edge-Works!

IPC Client Edge-Works Granted Rifle Mag Carrier Patent

 

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IPC is representing locally shot feature film, “The True Don Quixote.” The film is a modern day take on Cervantes infamous work. Filming begin in New Orleans on May 8, 2017 and the movie stars Tim Blake Nelson of “O Brother Where, Art Though?” “Lincoln” and most recently “Colossal,” as well as newcomer Jacob Batalon known for the “Spiderman” series. IPC attorney, James Napper, III, represents the film in all areas having negotiated for the starring cast, the initial financings and all other production matters as part of his film and entertainment practice.

The True Don Quixote

IPC is representing locally shot feature film, “The True Don Quixote.”

IPC is representing locally shot feature film, “The True Don Quixote.” The film is a modern day take on Cervantes infamous work. Filming begin in New Orleans on May 8, 2017 and the movie stars Tim Blake Nelson of “O Brother Where, Art Though?” “Lincoln” and most recently “Colossal,” as well as newcomer Jacob Batalon known for the “Spiderman” series. IPC attorney, James Napper, III, represents the film in all areas having negotiated for the starring cast, the initial financings and all other production matters as part of his film and entertainment practice.

The True Don Quixote

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 RADIERS”

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.