Defamation Lawsuit Against Netflix Dropped + New York Protects Dead Celebrities



Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss two topics in this episode of The Briefing. First, they talk about GEO Group’s defamation lawsuit against Netflix over the show “Messiah,” just dropped. Then, at 8:20, they move onto New York’s new post-mortem Right of Publicity law.

The video recording of this conversation is on Weintraub Tobin’s YouTube channel.

For more information on the New York statute, read Scott’s post on the IP Law Blog: I See Dead People…Filing Lawsuits in New York.


SPIN Trademark Has Peloton Wrapped Around the Axel



Peloton petitions to establish that SPIN and SPINNING are generic terms and can’t be trademarked. Josh and Scott discuss Peloton bringing a case against Mad Dogg’s trademarks and how they are now generic.

Read Scott Hervey’s post about the topic on the IP Law Blog.


“Inspired By” Characters – Defamation Lawsuit As a Spinoff Part II



In this second of a two-part series of The Briefing, Weintraub Tobin attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss defamation lawsuits in movies and TV that deal with “Inspired By” characters.

You can listen to part one of this series here.

You can read Scott Hervey’s blog post about this topic on the IP Law Blog.


“Inspired By” Characters – Defamation Lawsuit As a Spinoff Part I



This episode is part one of a two-part series of The Briefing in which Weintraub Tobin attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss defamation lawsuits in movies and TV that deal with “Inspired By” characters.

You can listen to part two of the series here.

You can read Scott Hervey’s blog post about this topic on the IP Law Blog.


Celebrities Sued for Posting Images of Themselves



In this episode, Scott and Josh discuss the possible legal issues celebrities face when they post images of themselves that they did not take.

Read Scott Hervey’s article about this topic on the IP Law Blog.


Hard Cider Maker Can’t Whine About Trademark Opposition



In this episode of The Briefing, Weintraub Tobin IP attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss a recent decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board involving winemaker Delicato Vineyards and a hard cider maker from Virginia. Delicato Vineyards, which owns the trademark GNARLEY HEAD for wine opposed the registration of GNARLED ORCHARD for hard cider.


The Ninth Circuit Affirms That Comic-Con isn’t Generic



This week, Intellectual Property attorney Scott Hervey talks with IP attorney and Law Blog author Josh Escovedo about his article “The Ninth Circuit Affirms Ruling that COMIC-CON isn’t Generic for Comic Conventions.”

Read Josh’s article on the IP Law Blog.


9th Circuit Provides Clear Copyright Guidance for Producers of Bio Pics



In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Weintraub Tobin attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss copyright litigation around the “Jersey Boys” — a musical and movie about The Four Seasons– involving an unpublished biography by one of the band members.


Navigating the Hazy Intersection of Cannabis Law & Trademarks



Weintraub Tobin IP attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss Josh’s post on the IP Law Blog “Navigating the Hazy Intersection of Federal and State Law on Cannabis and Advising Clients on Protecting Their Trademarks.” Read the full article here: https://www.theiplawblog.com/2020/06/…


The Essential Purpose of the Short Form Copyright Assignment



Weintraub Tobin IP attorneys Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss Scott’s post on the IP Law Blog covering the merits of filing a Short Form Copyright Assignment. Read the full article here: https://www.theiplawblog.com/2018/09/…