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Intellectual Property Law

"The Congress shall have Power To...promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts,
by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries...."
ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 8 – U.S. Constitution

We Represent Clients In The Following Practice Areas

Intellectual property is the area of law that deals with protecting the rights of those who create original works.
It covers everything from original plays and novels to inventions and company identification marks.

Patents

A patent is a property right granted by a government to an inventor or an assignee of an inventor one or...

Trademarks

A trademark may include words, names, symbols, sounds, or colors indicate a source of good, services, or...

Copyright

Eligible works include literary works; musical works; dramatic works; pictorial, graphic and sculptural works...

Right of Publicity

The “right of publicity” is the right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name...

What is Intellectual Property Law?

The purpose of intellectual property laws is to encourage new technologies, artistic expressions, and inventions while promoting economic growth.

When individuals know that their creative work will be protected and that they can benefit from their labor, they are more likely to continue to produce things that create jobs, develop new technology, make processes more efficient, and create beauty in the world around us. Intellectual property is the area of law that deals with protecting the rights of those who create original works.

Cases

  • Gignilliat v. Gignilliat, Savitz&Bettis, L.L.P., 684 S.E.2d 756, 759 (S.C. 2009)

    Argued a case in the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding the question of whether South Carolina recognizes a person's "right of publicity." This right, in summary, allows a person to prevent another from using his name or likeness for monetary gain, without permission or compensation. The court held that South Carolina does recognize this right, and further, that the right has a post-mortem component.

  • Crocs, Inc. and Ocean Minded, Inc. v. Ocean Moody Creations, LLC., Opposition No. 91182962
    March 2008 – February 2009

    Successfully represented Ocean Moody Creations, LLC. in a Trademark Opposition proceeding against Crocs, Inc. and Ocean Minded Inc., resulting in partial cancellation of U.S. Registration No. 2,282,012 for OCEAN MINDED, owned by Ocean Minded Inc., a company owned by Crocs, Inc.

  • Anthony Dash v. Floyd Mayweather, Jr, World Wrestling Entertainment, et al., Case No. 3:2010cv01036.
    April 2010 – April 2014

    Copyright infringement case in Federal Court, 4th Circuit (South Carolina) against boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and World Wrestling Entertainment. The plaintiff alleges that Mr. Mayweather used a version of his song for entrance music to a WWE pay-per-view event called Wrestlemania 24.

  • Joni-Johnson Godsy v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC., et al., Case No. 6:12-CV-03326-MJW
    July 2012 – May 2013

    Represented Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC., and Kimlor Mills, Inc. in a copyright infringement case in Federal Court in the Western District of Missouri, resulting in mutually agreed settlement between the parties.

  • The J.M. Smucker Company vs. Bull’s Eye Brands Inc., Opposition No. 91209961
    March 2013 – September 2013

    Represented Bull's Eye Brands in Trademark Opposition regarding their SMACKERS trademark application, resulting in mutually agreed settlement between the parties.