Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

Do Lawyers Own Their Briefs (Tighty Whities Excluded)?

Clients spend a great deal of money in the prosecution and defense of their claims. In doing so, lawyers prepare briefs outlining their client’s legal positions. Who owns the brief? Under copyright law, absent an assignment of the work, the lawyer owns it.   (Yes, the client can use it). Yet, for years online legal research […]


Innovation, Not Litigation

Companies can become overly aggressive in their efforts to obtain and enforce intellectual property rights. For example, two days after special operations forces killed Osama Bin Laden, as my colleague Donna Chmura noted, Disney filed federal trademark applications for “SEAL TEAM 6” for toys, handheld computer games, Christmas stockings, Christmas tree ornaments and decorations, snow […]


Sale of Class Notes Objectionable?

So, you are in class and take notes from the professor’s lecture. A classmate misses class and asks you to share your notes and you do. Problem? What if you posted your notes online? Or, better yet, what if you embraced our entrepreneurial spirit and posted your notes online and charged a fee for someone […]


Food fights are fun. Celebrity food fights are even more fun.

Missy Lapine wrote a cookbook “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals.” Four months after it was published, out came a book from Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.” Apparently unable to stomach the competition, Lapine filed a civil […]