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Mickey Mouse in the Year 2023: What Happens Now?

By   /  April 15, 2013  /  Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Student Colloquium, Trademark Law 

Mickey Mouse

There comes a time in the life of an expression, which is both copyrighted and trademarked, when the copyright will expire but the trademark will still exist. Consider a person wanting to use that expression, which would now be available for public use, but using it in a way that may infringe on the trademark owner’s rights or may tarnish the trademark owner’s reputation.

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“Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal” – Apple v. Samsung and Trade Dress in the Smartphone Era

By   /  April 17, 2012  /  Intellectual Property, Student Colloquium, Trademark Law 

Smartphone

It would be impossible to apply any standard trade dress analysis broadly to a smartphone because a smartphone has two distinct elements to protect, the product design and the interface design.

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