David Sharifi

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  • YOU GOT TO HEAR THIS: LEGAL PROTECTION OF SOUND MARKS

    We all know trademarks, including sound marks, are source identifiers, providing their owners with exclusive rights to use brand names, designs, logos, and slogans to market their products.  To customers, trademarks are unique visual and emotional cues that trigger special relationships with companies and under US Trademark Law, a sound or a musical melody can […]

  • Right of Publicity Law in Production Clearance

    In production clearance, entrepreneurs, technology startups, and new media productions who publish videos containing the name or likeness of famous celebrities may come across legal issues under entertainment law at the production clearance stage, including right of publicity law, trademark law, and First Amendment law. In California the right of publicity is governed by statute, […]

  • Landmark Supreme Court Decision Expands Scope of Trademark Rights in US Patent and Trademark Office

    On June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the provision of the Federal Trademark Act (also known as the Lanham Act) which prohibits” immoral and scandalous” trademarks from obtaining federal registration in the USPTO. The court reasoned the government’s refusal to register a trademark based on the views or messages […]