Individuals or businesses that have created a product may wish to file for patent protection on their inventions. A patent allows the creator of a product exclusive rights to make money from the exploitation of that intellectual property. While it may not be possible to get full patent protection on every idea, having even partial protection may be worthwhile when trying to attract investors.
In a case involving the alleged copyright infringement of a 1977 Marvin Gaye song called "Got to Give It Up," eight California jurors reached a decision on March 10 to award the Gaye family $7.4 million in damages. Singers Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams will pay the amount to the family due to similarities in their song "Blurred Lines," a hit song from 2013. In the case, the defense side argued that artists need a wide berth during the creative process, and although the artists may have been inspired by Marvin Gaye, they did not copy key elements from the song. No statutory damages were awarded in the case.
California entrepreneurs may be interested in learning about the importance of trademark law in choosing a business brand. Due to the potential issues down the road, attention should be paid to having a strong mark from the start.
California residents might be interested to learn about the intellectual property lawsuit that was filed against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. On Feb. 25, the two musicians appeared in federal court to face allegations that they copied Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit song 'Got to Give It Up" when they composed their hit song 'Blurred Lines."