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From the dot-com era, to social media and mobile, forward-looking brands have sought to stay ahead of the curve and equip themselves for success in the next Internet age. Today, that means readying for the “metaverse” — a still largely undefined virtual environment where users (and brands) can interact with each other across immersive platforms and move seamlessly from one activity to another. Well-known brand owners are taking strikingly different approaches to this new environment — some jumping in and acquiring virtual real estate or partnering with avant-garde creators and platforms; some participating tepidly with limited releases; and others not participating at all. While it is still unknown how the metaverse will take shape, lawyers advising brands should familiarize themselves with the opportunities it presents, the risks involved, and strategies to consider for enhancing and protecting a client’s brand.
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New York Federal Jury Rejects First Amendment Defense In ‘MetaBirkins’ NFT Standoff
By Todd Larson and Yonatan Shefa
Perhaps no other area in the technology sector — save perhaps the recent explosion of generative AI models — has raised as many thorny intellectual property issues as the proliferation of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs. Leading the charge have been cases addressing whether NFT makers who utilize other parties’ trademarks can turn to the First Amendment as a defense to trademark infringement.
How to Diversify the Pool of Inventors — and Improve Innovation
By Christine E. Hollis, Jonathan C. Hughley and David C. Read
Efforts to diversify the inventive population will not only foster innovation across a wide range of businesses and industries but will also help greatly expand the pool of inventors across racial, gender and ethnic categories, and the country as a whole will realize numerous benefits.
Music Rates and Royalties In 2023
By Jeff Brabec and Todd Brabec
Part One of a Two Part Article
A look at the most important music rate and royalty areas, both past, present and future and how and by whom they are set or determined as well as the effect that legislation, litigation, the Copyright Royalty Board and the Department of Justice have had on the process.
By Matthew Weiss
Federal Circuit: Prosecution Laches Applies to Patent Claiming 1987 Priority Date
Federal Circuit: Appellate Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Interlocutory Appeal of Protective Order Dispute