Trademarks are valuable property rights in today’s global marketplace. Companies spend vast sums on marketing and advertising to build brand awareness with the goal of increasing market share and, for some of the most popular brands, developing licensing programs that generate substantial revenue worldwide...(read more)
A California judge dismissed claims of a textile company claiming a blouse was made with its copyrighted fabric design...(read more)
Dan Lacy is an associate at Ferdinand IP. He is a contributing writer to IP Litigator. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the California Western School of Law....(read more)
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Varsity Brands in its case against Star Athletica. It was a decision that upholds federal copyright law and has wider implications for the fashion industry....(read more)
On Wednesday, March 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a copyright case, which clarifies federal copyright law surrounding whether features incorporated into the design of a useful article are eligible for copyright protection....(read more)
Boasting one of the largest entrepreneurial markets in the country, San Diego is rife with opportunity. Each year, thousands of entrepreneurs look to America’s Finest City to start their small business and grow their brand....(read more)
In December 2016, famed basketball star Michael Jordan was partially successful in a legal action filed in Chinese courts over the use of his name and likeness on shoes and sportswear marketed by a domestic Chinese firm....(read more)
After a lawsuit that has lasted five years, Michael Jordan has finally been given the rights to the Chinese version of his name.
China’s Supreme People’s Court, the highest in the country, ruled last week that the NBA superstar can have his name 乔丹 (pronounced “Chee-ow-dahn”) back from retailer and family run business Qiaodan Sports. The company is based in Fujian province...(read more)
Three industry veterans join forces to offer arbitration services to US intellectual property clients.
US intellectual property law boutique firm Ferdinand IP, with offices in New York, California and Connecticut, has formed an arbitration practice group, to be led by industry veterans Tom Halket, Jed Ferdinand and Ted Weitz, all of whom are senior lawyers....
A large contingent from the 24IP Law Group will once again be attending the upcoming 2016 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, the world’s largest and most important conference dedicated to licensing and merchandising. Firm partners and counsel from around the world in attendance will include Jed Ferdinand (New York), Christian Fortmann (Munich), Dr. Sebastian Tegethoff […]
December 15, 2015 Firm Managing Partner Jed Ferdinand will lead a presentation at the Seoul Character & Licensing Fair as part of the LIMA Licensing University conferences. Members of the firm will be onsite throughout the conference. Please feel free to reach out to Dan Lacy at DLacy@24iplg.com to set up a meeting. We look forward to seeing you at the show. http://characterfair.kr/wp/en/
Westport, Conn. (Sept. 22, 2015)—Ferdinand IP, LLC, a national boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property and licensing, is pleased to announce that prominent IP attorneys, Katrin Lewertoff and Marc Foodman, have joined the firm’s Westport, Conn. office as Partners....click here to read on
A large contingent from the 24IP Law Group will be attending the upcoming 2015 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Multiple partners and counsel of the firm from around the world will be in attendance including Jed Ferdinand (New York), Christian Fortmann (Munich), Dr. Sebastian Tegethoff (Berlin), Jessica Rutherford (Westport), and Dan Lacy (San Diego)...click title to read on
Congratulations to our friends and clients Everyday California!...click here to read the full announcement!
Several members of the 24IP Law Group will be attending the upcoming 2015 INTA annual meeting in San Diego, CA. Multiple partners and counsel of the firm from around the world will be in attendance including Jed Ferdinand (New York), Katrin Lewertoff (Westport), and Dan Lacy (San Diego).
Please feel free to reach out to Dan Lacy at DLacy@24iplg.com to set up a meeting. We look forward to seeing you at the show.
The Supreme Court Term in Review: The Court Is Critical of Patent Trolls and Federal Circuit in Recent Term
Partners from the firm from our offices in both Europe and the United States will be attending the upcoming UK licensing show.
LIMA to launch “Inside Licensing” newsletter to offer industry news, trends and analysis...click to read full article
A large contingent from the 24IP Law Group will be attending the upcoming 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Multiple partners and counsel of the firm from around the world will be in attendance including Jed Ferdinand (New York), Christian Fortmann (Munich), Dr. Sebastian Tegethoff (Berlin), Jessica Rutherford (Westport), and Dan Lacy (San Diego)...click title to read on
Everything old is new again, particularly when it comes to clas- sic entertainment properties. In the past few years, we’ve witnessed the resurgence of My Little Pony, Care Bears, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lone Ranger, and The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. Then there are those properties that seem to remain forever rel- evant,...click to read full article
Eight years after the Supreme Court’s decision in eBay Inc. v. MercExchange LLC,1 the lower federal courts are still grappling with the applicability of the presumption of irreparable harm for granting injunctive relief in IP cases. Traditionally, courts awarded injunctive relief to a successful patentee in patent infringement cases based on a presumption of irreparable...click to read full article
Recently, The Hollywood Reporter published an article entitled “Why Warner Bros. Trademarked Nightwing,” which detailed the stark divergence of opinion among the major US movie studios on the importance of formally registering trademarks for their film properties. For example, Warner Brothers and Walt Disney have aggressive trademark filing pro- grams. Each owns more than 5,000 active trademarks in the United States alone and likely thousands more internationally.
While this may be an interesting academic dif- ference of opinion among the major studios, and certainly one with economic consequences consid- ering that formal trademark protection for large merchandising programs can be very expensive, the fact is that trademark registrations are critical for licensor-brand owners seeking to develop licensing and merchandising programs. This article addresses why formal trademark protection is standard in the licensing industry...click to read full article