Top Four Trademark Trends of 2017

Top Four Trademark Trends of 2017

    594,107 trademark applications were filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year, which is a 12.0% increase from last year. Here are some of the most interesting trademark trends of 2017:     1). MAKE AMERICA – In 2015 the non-profit organization, Donald J. Trump for President, registered the phrase “Make America Great Again” as a federal trademark with the USPTO. This year hundreds of people decided to take Trump’s trademark and add their own twist to it. Currently, there are over...

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“TAKE A KNEE” Trademark Application Submitted

“TAKE A KNEE” Trademark Application Submitted

  “TAKE A KNEE” may soon be a registered trademark. The “Take a Knee” movement was started by former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick who knelt before a pre-season game for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Kaepernick had said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Since then several other NFL players have followed suit, kneeling before or during the national anthem. This NFL season the phrase “Take a Knee” has...

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“How to Form a Production Company” (WEBINAR)

“How to Form a Production Company” (WEBINAR)

  Thinking about forming a production company? The Law Office of Jaia Thomas presents our annual “HOW TO FORM A PRODUCTION COMPANY” webinar. Whether creating television, film or digital content, this comprehensive webinar will provide participants with all the legal tools necessary to form a production company.     TOPICS INCLUDE: Tips for naming a production company The best and worst states to form a production company Tips for trademarking a production company name and logo Legal step-by-step guide for forming a...

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Fall (2017) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Fall (2017) Sports  + Entertainment Law Conferences

    Looking for a sports and entertainment conference to attend this fall? We have compiled a comprehensive list of sports and entertainment law conferences taking place throughout the United States. Continue to check our blog for updates and additions!     25th Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar August 23-26, 2017 InterContinental New Orleans New Orleans, LA CLICK HERE for more information Variety Entertainment & Technology Summit September 7, 2017 Four Seasons Beverly Hills Los Angeles, CA CLICK HERE for more...

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The PROMOTE Act

The PROMOTE Act

Should record labels have the right to pull the music of their artists from radio stations? Certain members of Congress seem to think so. This month U.S. Representatives, Darrell Issa (R-California) and Ted Deutsch (D-Florida), introduced a bill (“Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity to Earn Act of 2017”) in the House of Representatives that gives record labels the option to allow broadcast companies the right to play any songs by its artists. This bill comes after years of push from record labels and artists to have a...

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Spring (2017) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Spring (2017) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

  Looking for a sports and entertainment conference to attend this spring? We have compiled a comprehensive list of sports and entertainment law conferences taking place throughout the United States. Continue to check our blog for updates and additions!       New York Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section January 23 – 27, 2017 New York Hilton Midtown, NYC CLICK HERE to register   7th Annual Duke University School of Law, Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium January 27, 2017 Duke Law...

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DJ Khaled Seeks to Trademark “They”

DJ Khaled Seeks to Trademark “They”

They don’t want you to register a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. So what do you do? You register it anyway. MAJOR KEY. Snapchat has over 100 million daily active users. But, no user may be as active as DJ Khaled. The Miami-based DJ and music producer has recently taken over the social media platform, frequently posting his personal keys to success. Some would argue that Khaled, most well-known for his 2010 hit, “All I Do Is Win,” has now transcended music and transformed into a mini mogul in the making. As...

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Bowl-Bound College Football Teams: Racial Disparity in Graduation Rates

Bowl-Bound College Football Teams: Racial Disparity in Graduation Rates

Earlier this month Clemson (No.1) and Alabama (No.2) competed in the national championships to determine who would rein champion of the 2015 college football season. What followed was a fight until the end between two powerhouses represented by some of the most talented student athletes from the country. While the athletic prowess between teams in the College Bowl this season arguably was the toughest anybody has seen, the academic careers of some of the players on these teams remain in flux. Most troubling, the gap between the academic...

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Spring (2016) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Spring (2016) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

    Looking for a sports and entertainment conference to attend this spring? We have compiled a comprehensive list of sports and entertainment law conferences taking place throughout the United States. Continue to check our blog for updates and additions!   Southwestern Entertainment and Media Law Conference January 14, 2016 Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, California REGISTER (General- $140; Students-$25) Sixth Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium Duke Law January 15, 2016 Duke Law Durham, North...

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“Trademark & Brand Protection for Entertainment Professionals” (Webinar)

“Trademark & Brand Protection for Entertainment Professionals” (Webinar)

On October 27th, The Law Office of Jaia Thomas presents a webinar titled “Trademark and Brand Protection for Entertainment Professionals.” The webinar will provide an overview of trademark and other intellectual property considerations crucial for creative artists and entertainment professionals. Whether a writer, filmmaker, designer or producer, this webinar will provide participants with the legal tools necessary to protect their brand. The webinar will provide a step-by-step guide for successfully registering a trademark with the United...

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Fall (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Fall (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Looking for a sports and entertainment conference to attend this fall? We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of conferences taking place throughout the United States… Sports Law Symposium September 10, 2015 Santa Clara Law School Santa Clara, California REGISTER (General – $150) Intellectual Property in Entertainment and Media Conference September 10, 2015 The State Bar of California Los Angeles, California REGISTER (General – $490; Students – $100) Protecting the Pro Athlete: A Panel Discussion on Employment Issues...

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Spring (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Spring (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

        LAW STUDENTS – Interested in sports and entertainment law? We have compiled a list of the key sports and entertainment law conferences taking place this fall:       Keeping it Reel: Clearing and Distributing Real Content in the Digital Age January 15, 2015 Media Law Resource Center and Southwestern University College of Law Los Angeles, CA REGISTER (Registration Fee – TBD) 5th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium January 16, 2015 Duke Law School Durham, NC REGISTER (Registration Fee...

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