IPNews® – Copyright issues surrounding the new Top Gun movie have arisen just as the movie is starting to garner buzz at the box office.

The family of Ehud Yonay has filed a copyright lawsuit against Paramount claiming that Paramount does not have the rights to the story for the sequel.  Paramount licensed the original story which was based on a 1983 article written by Yonay.  To continue reading, click here:  ‘Top Gun’ Lawsuit Brings Questions Of Copyright Licensing To Hollywood

modernaIPNews® – Moderna has been sued for patent infringement related to its Covid vaccine.

From the outset Modern has claimed that there is no patent infringement.  However, in a recent effort to get out of the lawsuit, Moderna is now claiming that the U.S. Government, not Moderna, would be responsible for the infringement.  To continue reading, click here: Moderna Tries To Shift Covid Vaccine Patent Lawsuit To The Taxpayers

IPNews® – NBA basketball star Zion Williamson has filed an trademark opposition against a trademark application for ZION INFLUENCERS.

The question is whether consumers are likely to confuse the ZION INFLUENCERS trademark with the ZION or ZION WILLIAMSON trademarks or think that the use is affiliated with the basketball player.  The fact that there are already many other ZION trademarks may ultimately hurt Mr. Williamson’s case.  To continue reading, click here: Zion Williamson Seeks to Stop Use of “ZION” in New Trademarks

IPNews® – The founders of Dogecoin have recently filed a trademark opposition to prevent registration of the trademark DOGETIPBOT (DOGE TIP BOT).

Doge Tip Bot was an application that once allowed people to tip each other with payment in Dogecoin.  However, it is not clear if this new application is related to the prior company that went out of business.  To continue reading, click: Another Dogecoin Cryptocurrency Trademark Fight Has Broken Out

IPNews® –  Intellectual property rights are now part of the war of sanctions between Russia and the rest of the world stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A judge in Russia recently dismissed a case that alleged infringement by a Russian company of Peppa Pig intellectual property.  In the ruling the judge stated that part of the reason for the dismissal was due to the U.S. being an “unfriendly”  country.   To continue reading, click:  Peppa Pig Loses Intellectual Property Case in Russia Due to the War 


IPNews® – On February 17th, 2022, Chuck E. Cheese filed four trademark applications with the US Trademark Office which may have been inspired by a recent super bowl ad.

Two of the applications relate directly to the metaverse — “Chuck E. Verse” and “Chuck E. Cheese Metaverse”.   The entertainment restaurant has had some rough years due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the metaverse may be just the answer.  To continue reading, click: New Trademark Filing Brings Chuck E. Cheese Into The Metaverse

IPNews® – On January 31, 2022, Sony Pictures Television filed a trademark opposition against a trademark application that was filed for BAKING BAD.

The application was filed by Thomas Mihill for use in relation to a cooking show.  In the Opposition, Sony states: “the mark sounds and looks similar” to its popular show Breaking Bad  which became one of television’s most critically acclaimed programs. To continue reading, click: Breaking Bad Contests Trademark of BAKING BAD Cooking Show

IPNews® – Fashion bag designer Hermès, creator of the popular Birkin bag, has sued Mason Rothschild over an NFT he created named MetaBirkins.

NFT’s (Non-fungible tokens) are all the rage lately and this area of law is just beginning to develop.  NFT’s are often represented by digital artwork, photos, audio and even video. To continue reading, click: NFT Trademark Lawsuit Over Fashion Bags Heads To Federal Court

IPNews® – Social media influencers generally carve out a niche establishing thought leadership in their industries.  Once that happens, they can have massive sway over their followers’ purchase decisions.

A recent study from the United Kingdom, however, shows these influencers can play a big part in counterfeit sales as well.  To continue reading, click: Social Media Influencers Are Influencing Counterfeit Sales

IPNews® – On December 1st, 2021, Bytedance filed a TIKTOK trademark application for use in relation to cryptocurrency services.

While the social media giant might seem to have no relation to digital currencies, this move is not a complete surprise.  It seems the brand has been building toward this for some time. To continue reading, click: TikTok Seeks Trademark Registration For Cryptocurrency Services