Your Beer’s Name Inspired By a Famous Book, Movie or Song? It Might be Infringing. – Warner Bros. Challenges Brewer Over Golden Ticket Beer.

This is a big deal in brewing.  Not just for Star Wars themed beers, but also the thousands of derivative names and label art that are a tribute to some brewery’s favorite thing.  As evidenced by this recent opposition filed by Warner Bros., in Southern Sky Brewing’s trademark application for the “Golden Ticket” for beer […]

Is Your Label Protected? Label Art Copyright Can Provide Some Added Protection Where Trademark Might Fail

Château Mouton Rothschild exemplifies the trend of label “as” art, perhaps even to the point of rendering itself a unique example of label = art through the use of the most “celebrated artists of their day” on its wine labels.  Many companies traditionally understand that trademark law affords them an exceptional tool in protecting their […]

Register Now! – New U.S. Copyright Office Rule Requires Electronic Registration by 12/31/2017 to Take Advantage of DMCA Safe Harbor

TAKE ACTION:  Food and beverage companies, restaurants, and other vendors that allow user-generated content like reviews, pictures, recipes or other data on their websites will need to electronically register their designated agent with U.S. Copyright Office under the new electronic designation system at the US Copyright office to be able to take advantage of the […]