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Wednesday
Apr262017

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day!  Let's celebrate the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, & copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.  Innovation and creativity makes our lives healthier, safer, more comfortable and more fun, turning problems into progress. Intellectual property systems support innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, and encouraging creators to develop their ideas.

WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create.  [Text is from the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) website http://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/ and http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/]

I'm celebrating today!

Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.

 
vk@kasterlegal.com
 

See also: “How to write a © Copyright Notice and Why to Use it” at http://wp.me/p10nNq-18; Posts on trademark topics for new businesses: https://goo.gl/xqJrOA; #valueyourart, #valueyou; @iplegalfreebies and www.iplegalfreebies.wordpress.com.

Monday
Jan302017

Mailing yourself a copy of your creative work DOES NOT protect your copyright.

Please be advised that there is no provision in the copyright law or the practices of the  Copyright Office regarding any type of protection known as the “poor man’s copyright.” The mere act of placing a copy in the mail addressed to oneself does not secure statutory copyright protection for the work, nor will it serve as a substitute for registration of a claim to copyright in this Office in terms of legal and evidentiary value.

Quote above is from the U.S. Copyright Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-infringement.html

It only costs $35-$55 to protect your creative work by registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office.

BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.

vk@kasterlegal.com

See also: other blog posts on related topics –  “Copyright Protection Only Costs $35; “It is a MYTH that Copyright Registration is Expensive“; “How to Write a Copyright Notice and Why To Use It“; and the U.S. Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov; @iplegalfreebies and www.iplegalfreebies.wordpress.com.

Thursday
Oct202016

New trend of Phone-Free Concerts has many benefits

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-3-33-01-pmFans are required to place their cellphones into Yondr’s form-fitting lockable pouch when entering the show, and a disk mechanism unlocks it on the way out. Fans keep the pouch with them, but it is impossible for them to snap pictures, shoot videos or send text messages during the performance while the pouch is locked.  (quote from NY Times article titled, Your Phone’s on Lockdown. Enjoy the Show)

When the rocker Axl Rose reunited with his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates, Duff McKagan and Slash, for the first time in 23 years, the concert was phone-free. “God, it was wonderful,” Mr. McKagan said of the first reunion show in April, at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. “It was the old-school feeling, where people were dancing and getting down. It was really cool.”

Not surprisingly performing artists reportedly enjoy playing phone-free concerts.

In addition to increasing the fun “old-school feeling” at a phone-free concert, decreasing the likelihood of intellectual property infringement may be a hidden benefit of a phone-free concert. While it’s not uncommon for audience members to record and post concert clips, this can infringe a bundle of intellectual property rights including:

  • Copyright in the music compositions and lyrics (often controlled by the publisher or sometimes the artist)
  • Copyright in the performance (often controlled by the label)
  • Trademarks of the band, club or venue

I haven’t met a Yondr case yet; although, I’m looking forward to using one sometime soon at a phone-free concert.

BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.

See also: Previous blog post Recording and Posting Concert Clips: what’s legal… what’s not at http://wp.me/p10nNq-os; The New York Times article titled, Your Phone’s on Lockdown. Enjoy the Show. by J. Morrissey at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/technology/your-phones-on-lockdown-enjoy-the-show.html?_r=0; Yondr website at http://overyondr.com/; @iplegalfreebies and www.iplegalfreebies.wordpress.com.

Tuesday
Sep062016

SPARK Event: Protecting Intellectual Property

Vanessa's bio:  http://kaster.squarespace.com/about-me/

Vanessa's blog: https://iplegalfreebies.wordpress.com/

For more information on the SPARK event: goo.gl/wR6fh5

Thursday
Jun022016

U.S. is a Top Destination for Immigrant Inventors

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This map (produced by WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization) shows the migratory patterns for the immigrant inventor community. As you can see the United States is a top destination for these highly skilled, valuable, innovative, creative folks.  Let’s keep welcoming them!

With immigration as a focus of the current presidential campaigns in the United States, this map is a reminder of the tremendous value and contribution of many foreign-born individuals who immigrate to the United States.

“Not throwing away my shot” is one of the refrains in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda… and could be the theme music for the map and this post. (Reminder: Alexander Hamilton was an immigrant.)

This map is part of a report published by WIPO in May 2013 titled, Measuring the International Mobility of Inventors: A New Database, Working Paper No. 8.  The report is available at: http://www.wipo.int/edocs/pubdocs/en/wipo_pub_econstat_wp_8.pdf

BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.

See also: U.S. Patent Statistics Chart Calendar Years 1963-2015 at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/us_stat.htm;  hear the song “Not throwing away my shot” from the musical Hamilton and read the lyrics at http://genius.com/Lin-manuel-miranda-my-shot-lyrics; @iplegalfreebies and www.iplegalfreebies.wordpress.com.