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Jack Daniels, Mickey Mouse, and Andy Warhol Walk Into a Bar...
In this month’s episode, we’re talking about Jack Daniels, Mickey Mouse, Andy Warhol, Jason Voorhees, Winnie-the-Pooh, Lizzo, and WallStreetBets. What do they have to do with patents you might fairly be wondering? Honestly, not much.
Patents are our focus in our business and in this podcast, so we devote a lot of air time to talking about protecting ideas and inventions, but in the realm of intellectual property, patents have some pretty close cousins. In thinking more broadly about creating the largest possible moat with your IP, you also need to be considering what our guest, Mallory King, refers to as “brand protection” – or the copyrights, trademarks, and contracts necessary to protect your brand’s rights and assets.
Copyrights and trademarks in particular have seen a lot of limelight this year involving some of the biggest brands and pop culture icons. At the same time, major IP rights questions are erupting around the use of generative AI systems like ChatGPT. In addition to covering the basics necessary to help get you booted up, we’re going to use these high profile topics and Supreme Court cases as a vehicle to get a deeper understanding of copyrights and trademarks and some of the sharpest corners you should be aware of when managing your own brand protection.
Come for the SCOTUS potty humor; stay for the brand protection learnings. The past year has been a target-rich environment for comedic relief in the land of IP law. We cover a lot of ground in this episode and went to great lengths to ensure research accuracy, including attending the one-day theatrical release of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, back in February. After Mallory briefly coaches us up on the fundamentals of brand protection, we tackle the following:
Our Guest: Mallory King
Mossoff Minute: Patent Eligibility Restoration Act
In this month's Mossoff Minute, we discuss the introduction of the 2023 Patent Eligibility Restoration Act, its biggest criticisms, and what it solves. We’re also publishing excerpts as short-form videos on Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, and TikTok.
Given the importance of PERA and the ongoing debate, we’re releasing the full-length interview on YouTube. The full-length version includes:
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Ashley Sloat, Ph.D.
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