All Too Well: The Short Film, directed by Taylor Swift and produced by Weintraub client Saul Germain, was awarded Best Music Video at the 2023 Grammys on February 5, 2023. The 14-minute video stars Sadie Sink (Stranger Things) and Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), and was shot by Rina Lang.
The video also won Video of the Year and Best Long-Form Video at the 2022 Video Music Awards (VMAs), and Swift won Best Direction.
Saul Germain is represented by Weintraub Shareholder Tara Sattler.
Adidas, which manufactures and sells the wildly popular “Yeezy” line of shoes in partnership with rapper Kanye West, recently terminated the relationship after anti-Semitic statements by the star. In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the trademark and contract issues that Adidas is navigating with shoe designs and future related designs.
It’s been referred to as one of the top copyright cases to watch this year. This case, Alexis Hunley, et al v. Instagram, LLC, could mean the end to the server test, a once widely-followed copyright doctrine established by the 9th Circuit in Perfect 10, Inc. v. Amazon.com Inc., now rejected by a number of courts.
by Graham Womack This article was first published in Comstock’s Magazine on July 11, 2022. Reprinted by permission.
One of the more pronounced themes of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the change in the workforce, with more than 47 million people quitting their jobs as part of the Great Resignation in 2021, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more than two decades before this, however, a subtler shift in the labor force has been brewing: Workers are getting older.
In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo provide an update on the copyright infringement dispute between a paparazzo and Emily Ratajkowski, and discuss the settlement’s implications for Fair Use.
Trademark law was developed to help protect a seller’s “brand” in connection with the marketing and labeling of products for sale to avoid “consumer confusion.” One rarely litigated aspect of trademark law is that the use of the trademark must be for a lawful purpose. The Ninth Circuit recently tackled this issue in AK Futures LLC v. Boyd Street Distro, LLC (decided May 19, 2022), a case that involved e-cigarette and vaping products derived from cannabis.
The long-awaited decision by the US Supreme Court in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana was issued on June 15, 2022, and brings some good news for California employers. The issue before the court was whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a rule of California law that invalidates contractual waivers (e.g. arbitration agreements) of the right to assert representative claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo provide an update on the dispute between the original USFL and Fox, over the network’s attempt to revive the football league.
A design patent protects a new, original, ornamental design for an article of manufacture. 35 USC section 171. “Ornamental” means that the design is purely decorative; the patentability is based on its visual aspects. Those aspects are the shape or configuration of an article (like the shape of a bottle or a vase), the surface ornamentation on the article (like a painting on the bottle or vase), or a combination of both. The design must be a design for a specific article; it cannot exist independently of the article. The must be visible during normal use of the article; it cannot be concealed.