Update from The Law Office of Stacy J Grossman
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Dear Clients, Friends and Colleagues:

It's been a busy and exciting winter. I've worked with established businesses and inspiring entrepreneurs as they grow, enforce and exploit their valuable intellectual property. Highlights include the ongoing enforcement of the copyright in a theatrical work, and the negotiation of several publishing and collaboration agreements. Of course, I'm continuing to manage global trademark portfolios, defend well-known brands in opposition proceedings in the United States and around the world, and work with clients to develop efficient and effective clearance and registration strategies.

I'm glad the coldest days are behind us, and look forward to serving you in the warmer weeks and months ahead.  

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and business.

On March 16, I'll be leading a webinar called Legal Essentials for Publishers and Authors for the Independent Book Publisher's Association.  You can read about the event and register for it here.
Client Spotlight: Belgian Boys
If you want to taste the most wonderful treats, or learn about a great business that's about to explode, visit the Belgian Boys website. Greg and Joel, the company's founders, are friends from Belgium who moved to New York and started manufacturing and selling European confections. In addition to managing their trademark portfolio, I act as the Belgian Boys' general counsel, advising them in connection with a variety of commercial agreements and business matters.
Trademark Fun: KYLIE vs. KYLIE Celebrity Smackdown

Kylie Minogue, the Australian singer, songwriter and actress,  has been in the entertainment business for decades, and owns a family of trademark registrations for her name.  

Kylie Jenner, the American reality tv star, recently filed an application to register her name as a trademark. 

On February 22nd, Minogue commenced a legal proceeding in the United States Trademark Office to prevent Jenner from registering KYLIE as a trademark, on several grounds, including that Jenner's use of the name will cause consumer confusion and tarnish the KYLIE brand.

Minogue should win in the Trademark Office.  She's the senior user of the KYLIE brand for entertainment services. (Minogue has been performing under the name KYLIE, and has owned the URL, since before Jenner was even born.) The bigger problem is that having adopted a first name as her brand, Minogue is likely stuck co-existing with other celebrities who were given the same name - even, as she put it, a "secondary reality television personality" like Kylie Jenner. While the Trademark Office can stop Jenner from getting a trademark registration, it can't prevent her from actually using her name. Minogue would have to bring a federal lawsuit to achieve that goal.  I'm not sure Minogue would win, but it sure would be good fodder for the next season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Interested in a FREE consultation about how you can protect your content or brand?
Be in touch - I'd be happy to speak with you.
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