The Scotch Whisky Association recently filed an opposition to the mark BURNS NIGHT filed by an Atlanta distiller of American malt whiskey. The Association claims that BURNS NIGHT is “highly evocative of Scotland when used on a whisky product,” and is likely to cause a consumer to believe that the spirit being purchased is aContinue reading “Do the Scots own BURNS NIGHT?”
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Are Culinary Creations Protected by Copyright Law?
While copyright law will not protect utilitarian articles, it will protect the creative expression in making those articles. As a result, expressive culinary works may be protected by copyright law. Additional IP protections may also be available such as design patent, trademark and trade secret law. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
Solar System Has a New Planet!
Pluto may be out of the picture but scientists say that our solar system has a new ninth planet called Planet X. This planet is approximately the same size of Neptune and orbits the sun once every 15,000 years. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
Woman Takes on Coca-Cola in Trademark Dispute and Wins
In 2005, an Australian woman named Annabelle Young wanted to start a tea company. In order to protect her IP she decided to trademark the name HONEST TEA in Australia. Not too long after her trademark issued, an American company using the same name brought suit against her claiming global rights in the name. ThatContinue reading “Woman Takes on Coca-Cola in Trademark Dispute and Wins”
“Happy Birthday” Song now in the Public Domain
A California judge hearing a copyright suit against Warner/Chappell music recently ruled that the “Happy Birthday” song is in the public domain. The judge held that Warner could enforce its copyright only in certain arrangements of the song. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
NASA Developing First Warp Drive
NASA has been wrestling with the time constraints of space travel for years but recently a physicist by the name of Miguel Alcubierre came up a concept that may make deep space travel a reality. Alcubierre’s theory involves a “space bubble” that can travel faster than the speed of light while the ship inside remainsContinue reading “NASA Developing First Warp Drive”
Impact Glass Found in Mars Crater
Impact glass found in a crater on the surface of Mars by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbitor could provide support for past life on the planet. CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
Images of Pluto Released
NASA recently released high quality images of Pluto. CLICK HERE TO VIEW IMAGES
Court Recognizes Orangutan’s Right to Life, Liberty and Freedom
A zoo in Buenos Aires was recently ordered to free a 29 year old female orangutan after an Argentine court recognized the animals right to life, liberty and freedom. This is the first time that a court has recognized such rights in a non-human animal. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE.