Facing the Music: Justin Bieber and Usher Head to Court in Copyright Suit


A federal circuit court recently ruled that a $10 million copyright lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher, his mentor, will head to a jury trial to determine whether the two pop stars copied parts of another song for their 2010 hit single “Somebody to Love.” A district court judge had previously dismissed the lawsuit, brought by Devin Copeland, an R&B singer known as De Rico, and his songwriting partner Mareio Overton, who claimed that Bieber and Usher took lyrics, chords, beat, and time signature from their...
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Can a Flip Flop Mompreneur Beat Skechers in a War Over Words?


Maybe. Terri Kelly, a solopreneur and mother of six, launched her   terrikelly   flip flop   business in November 2013, when she couldn’t find minimalistic footwear with the lightweight feel and look of the yoga attire she favored. Kelly adopted “Yoga Pants for Your Feet” as a tagline and trademark to promote her business in January 2014 and was granted a registered trademark for “Yoga Pants for Your Feet” in May 2015. It turns out Skechers was pretty keen...
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Business Series — Client Spotlight: Q&A with Garrett Guzman of Refined Fitness


Refined Fitness was founded in Dallas, Texas in July 2014 with the mission to provide an unparalleled personal training experience that provides immediate and lasting results. Refined Fitness aspires to be THE name in fitness in the Dallas and Park Cities areas. Refined Fitness uses our clients as walking advertisements to the results that can be achieved through a quality health and wellness program. We started Refined Fitness because we knew we could out-deliver our competition through our Enhanced Exercise Experience, which entails...
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The Biggest Sports Scandal Yet?


Recently, the FBI and Justice Department announced their investigation into Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals. According to the announcement, evidence suggests that officials from the Cardinals may have hacked into the private computer networks of the Houston Astros, gaining unauthorized access to confidential information and trade secrets like scouting reports, player evaluations and trade details, among other information. Some are saying this is bigger than the NFL’s “Spygate” and, perhaps the...
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Trade Dress: How Coke Can Get Away With No Labels on Cans


This month Coca-Cola introduced a new version of its red can in Middle Eastern countries. The biggest change, it leaves out the words “Coca-Cola” all together, featuring only a white ribbon on a red can and the words “Labels are for cans, not people.” While this is part of a marketing campaign connected to social activism, it is also an interesting lesson in branding and trademarks. Not to mention the fact that Coca-Cola has famous trademarks, the beverage-giant can comfortably make this change to its...
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Apple Involved in First Patent Lawsuit Over Apple Watch


It happened with the iPhone. It happened with the iPad. Now, over a month after Apple first made it available, the tech giant has been sued for patent infringement over its newest big product, the Apple Watch. According to a lawsuit filed in Missouri federal court on June 5, a married couple who co-owns a patent issued in 2013 is suing Apple for violating a claim for “receiving electronic signals such as text messages on a vibrating device strapped to a user’s wrist.” The Apple Watch similarly vibrates when a...
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Supreme Court Rejects Another Patent Infringement Defense for Inducement


On May 26, in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., the Supreme Court rejected arguments for an extension to an already existent patent infringement defense: that the alleged infringer lacked the requisite intent to infringe. A good faith belief that another’s patent is invalid may already provide a defense to patent infringement, but the Court determined that the same defense could not extend to cases of “induced infringement.” The case, decided 6-2, was significant for another reason: it was the first time...
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