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Nov 16, 2018

In Landmark Case, Court Awards $120 Million to the Licensee of the Famous Palm Restaurant Intellectual Property

When a restaurant name is licensed, how does the owner properly compute a trademark royalty?  Should a higher royalty be set for a famous mark?  These issues were decided recently by the New York Supreme Court in Ganzi, Gary C. et al. » Read More

Oct 22, 2018

Norris McLaughlin Hosts “A Taste of Trademarks” Seminar in New York City for Food, Beverage, and Restaurant Industries

Last week, my partners, Danielle DeFilippis and Deanna Koestel, and I had the pleasure of attending The New Jersey Food & Beverage Summit hosted by NJBIZ.  Our firm sponsored the event.  We enjoyed a series of informative panel discussions, as reported in our last post, as well as the exhibits put on by a wide range of food manufacturers, vendors, and students of food science.  » Read More

Apr 12, 2018

Register Now for FoodBiz NJ!

We are excited to present the breakout session, “Appetite for Branding,” during the FoodBiz NJ conference, sponsored by NJBIZ, on Tuesday, April 24, at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset. Along with Esther Psarakis, Managing Partner of Foodpreneur, we will discuss the business and legal challenges of branding in the food and beverage industry, and protecting restaurant decor. » Read More

Mar 07, 2016

The Battle over Havana Club Rum Resumes

The long and complicated battle over the Havana Club brand of rum continues, as recent action by the US government demonstrates a departure from long-standing policy against registration of confiscated trademarks — in this case a mark confiscated by the Cuban government during the Cuban revolution. » Read More

Sep 24, 2015

Judge Blows Out Candles on Claims of Copyright in Happy Birthday To You

Get ready to hear rousing renditions of Happy Birthday to You (“Happy Birthday”) on TV shows, in movies, and at your favorite local restaurant.  A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Warner/Chappell Music (“Warner”) does not hold a valid copyright in the famous birthday song, determining that the lyrics to the song were not protected by copyright, and thus the song is part of the public domain. » Read More

Feb 06, 2015

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Study on Current Music Marketplace, Advocates Fundamental Changes to Licensing

The U.S. Copyright Office released a report last week detailing its findings on, and recommendations to improve, what it calls “the aging music licensing framework.”  Acknowledging that many in the music industry consider the licensing system to be broken, the “Copyright and the Music Marketplace” report undertook an exhaustive review of the music  licensing process, including a focus on music steaming services.  » Read More