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Founded in 1957, we are recognized worldwide as a leading intellectual property law and litigation firm. We also represent clients in the areas of…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 15 Jan 2021

A Trademark is Not a Copyright or a Patent

Although trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets all concern intangible property rights and overlap to some extent, they differ from each…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 12 Jan 2021

Ninth Circuit Holds Dr. Seuss-Star Trek Mashup an Infringement, Not a Parody

In Dr. Seuss Enterprises, LP v. ComicMix LLC, Case No. 19-55348 (9th Cir. December 18, 2020), the Ninth Circuit held that…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 7 Jan 2021

Trademark and Copyright Law Alert - New U.S. Intellectual Property Laws

The lengthy Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, H.R. 133, signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020, had several new intellectual…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 5 Jan 2021

New York Law Alert - Entertainers and Celebrities Get A Descendible Right of Publicity, and Everybody Gets A Right to Sue for a Sexually Explicit Depiction

Effective May 31, 2021, New York has enacted legislation (Bill S5959D/A.5605-C) establishing two new personal rights…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 15 Dec 2020

Do Alcoholic Beverages named BRIZZY and VIZZY make you DIZZY?

Would you be likely to be confused as to the sources of hard seltzers named BRIZZY and VIZZY, at least before you get a buzz on? THE CASE Hard…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 3 Dec 2020

Advertising Law Alert—New York State Enacts New Consumer Protection Statute About Auto-Renewal Subscriptions

New York State is more strictly regulating automatic subscription renewals effective February 11, 2021…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 2 Dec 2020

The Pitfall of “Failure to Function” as a Trademark

If you adopt a recognized or widely used concept or sentiment as your trademark, don’t expect to have the exclusive right to use it or to register it…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 18 Nov 2020

Brewery Industry Insight - An Opposer Must Prove that Beer is Related to Other Alcoholic Beverages in Each Case

In opposing a trademark application, the opposer may not simply rely on prior cases that found beer related to other alcoholic beverages; rather, it…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 13 Nov 2020

Food Industry Insight - The Trade Dress of a Cookie is Held to be Functional

Trade Dress will not prevent an unpatented useful product feature from being copied…

Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC | USA | 20 Oct 2020

Do You Think Coffee and Hard Cider are Related Drug Products?

Whether an ordinary purchaser would think so in the real world was not relevant to this trademark registrability analysis…
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