All posts by: Adam Garson

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In 2013, we wrote about the branding wars between candy bar makers.  These disputes are good measure of the boundaries between 3-D trademarks that have acquired distinctiveness (registrable) and those that are functional (not registrable). In 2006, Nestlé was granted trademark rights in the “distinctive” shape of its KitKat bar in various European countries.  But […]

We recently wrote about the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and how it might affect your business operations.  You may recall that the main focus of the GDPR is the protection of personal data and digital privacy. If you offer products and services to EU citizens or collect, use, or share personal information […]

The distinctive smell of Play-Doh evokes memories of many happy hours of childhood play, those of my children and mine. Perhaps, if you played with the colored “doh,” you probably share similar nostalgia.  Hasbro has been making Play-Doh since the 1950’s and its distinct odor is not natural but a fragrance that Hasboro added to […]

 In 2016 Justin Goldman, a photographer, snapped a photograph of NFL quarterback Tom Brady and Boston Celtics president, Danny Ainge, strolling together in the Hamptons. According to reports, the Celtics were at the time attempting to recruit NBA star Kevin Durrant. Goldman uploaded his photograph to Snapchat after which it went viral being posted on […]

Last year our own Dr. Copyright wrote: “Today’s copyright system is broken in some important ways. Because it has poorly defined fair use standards and exclusive rights last so long (thanks to Sonny Bono and the Mickey Mouse Copyright Term Extension Act – 95+ years), a great deal of what we used to think of […]

Understandably, the solo inventor wants to focus on her invention.  Does it work as designed?  Who shall I hire to create a prototype? Where shall it be manufactured?  How and when shall it be protected by patent? Can I afford it? These are important concerns but they should not be the only ones. Assuming that […]

Marijuana has become big business. We never thought it would happen but now  29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana and eight states have legalized pot for recreational use. But alas, federal law, still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act meaning that cannabis […]

An Israeli landlord places an online ad for an apartment and obtains a response from an interested renter.  According to reports, the renter wrote (original in Hebrew): Based upon several follow-up communications, the landlord removes his online advertisement. A few days later, the would-be renters disappear. What’s a landlord to do? He’s a businessman so […]

Keeping in the holiday spirit, here’s an IP story that will sweeten your day. Protecting recipes with the traditional tools of intellectual property is difficult. Recipes are typically not copyrightable subject matter because, as merely a list of ingredients with directions on how to combine them, a recipe does not have the modicum of creativity […]