Category: Legal File

Plan Your April Fools’ Day On-Air Pranks with the FCC in Mind

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com With April Fools’ Day only a few days away, we need to play our role as attorneys and ruin the fun by repeating our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other bits prepared especially for the day. While a little… read more

It’s Madness! Be Wary of Using the NCAA’s Trademarks

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog Less than a week ago, the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a trademark infringement action in federal court against a company that runs an online sports-themed promotions and contests under the marks “April Madness” and “Final 3.” The NCAA is seeking injunctive relief,… read more

Annual Super Bowl Advisory for Stations/Advertisers

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog Last year, we posted some guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly alludes to the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL. We are at that time of year again, so here is an updated version… read more

Trademark Basics, Part Five: Trademarks on the Internet

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP Once you have identified your marks and sought protection through registration for some or all of them, there are still going to be other issues that you will need to consider. Trademark owners have an obligation to police their marks and take steps to stop infringers. Otherwise, they… read more

Trademark Basics Part Four: Trademark Housekeeping 101 – Conducting a Trademark Audit

By: Kelly Donohue, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP Last week, we discussed the benefits of federally registering your trademarks. But having a few federal registrations under your belt doesn’t mean your task of building a valuable trademark portfolio is complete. There are several additional steps you can take to make sure you are managing your trademarks… read more

Trademark Basics, Part Two: How Trademark Searches Can Keep You Out Of Legal Hot Water

By: Kelly Donohue and Radhika “Ronnie” Raju, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP In our last article beginning this series on Trademark Basics, we gave an overview of trademark basics and discussed why building up a strong trademark portfolio should be an important part of any media company’s overall business strategy. This week, we will discuss why identifying marks… read more

Looking at the Election Results and the Future of Washington Policy For Broadcasters

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com This post was written on November 9, 2016 Before the November 8 election, in some of the legal journals that circulate in Washington, there was much speculation as to potential appointees to various government positions after the election. For positions such as the chairman of the FCC, many… read more

Trademark Basics for Media Companies, Part One: What Trademarks Are and Why They Matter

By: Kelly Donohue and Radhika “Ronnie” Raju, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP In today’s digital economy, trademarks are often the most valuable assets that a business owns. For example, in 2015, Google’s trademark portfolio was estimated to be worth $76 billion, which constituted almost one third of the entire value of the company. Microsoft clocked in at… read more