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Tokenization of NBA Contracts

Professional sports organizations are seeing major changes involving not only players’ intellectual property, but also contract and compensation structures. Spencer Dinwiddie, a guard for the Brooklyn Nets, is attempting to revolutionize the structure of NBA contracts. According to Forbes, Dinwiddie is using a blockchain-based investment platform, where he will sell 90 SD8 coins (backed by […]
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Professional Sports and Private Equity – A Belated Duo

For years, professional athletes have profited by licensing their name, image, and likeness in videogames, trading cards, apparel, and even non-sports related goods and services. However, the scope of sports licensing has been changing over the past few years. Due to technological advancement, digitization, and the rapid growth of esports, additional licensing opportunities are afoot. […]
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The Value of IP and Related Intangibles in the Time of COVID-19

What assets will maintain value in the current economic environment? Real estate? Property Plant and Equipment? Intellectual Property (“IP”)/Intangible Assets (“IA”)? We all understand that uncertainty depresses value, and in this environment the value of all assets will experience downward pressure.  The question is, which ones are most stable: either because of legal protection, uniqueness, or income […]
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California Cannabis Appellations Project Set to Ignite Cannabis Branding

When you are dining at a nice restaurant and the sommelier brings out a complimentary glass of Champagne, you know that you are about to drink something authentic – no “sparkling wine” attempting to pass as real Champagne. Soon, cannabis consumers will know that when they purchase their favorite strain of Humboldt Kush, that it […]
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Branding of Wagyu Beef

With the rise of plant-based meat substitutes such as the Impossible Burger, one may forget about the increased global demand for Japanese Wagyu beef. Characterized by high levels of intra-muscular fat (marbling) and a finer meat texture, Wagyu has become synonymous with the highest quality of beef. In Japanese, “Wagyu” literally means Japanese-style cow, and […]
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Fair Pay to Play Act – College Athlete Endorsement Income

Under existing NCAA bylaws, a student athlete is deemed ineligible if they accept any form of endorsement compensation. That policy took a hit recently when the California state Senate voted 39-0 in favor of the ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’, and on Sunday, California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed the bill with great fanfare on Lebron James’ HBO show.  The bill makes it […]
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Beyond Meat – Patent vs. Trade Secret

Beyond Meat, a food company founded on plant-based meat-substitute products recently went public and unveiled the “Beyond Burger,” rumored to taste and even “bleed” similar to a traditional meat-based burger. Since Beyond Meat’s IPO on May 2, 2019, the stock has risen over 500% as of the time of this writing. Beyond Meat holds a […]
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Federal Cannabis Patent Lawsuit Follows The Alice Patentability Test

In the case between United Cannabis Corp. (UCANN) and Pure Hemp Collective (Pure Hemp), filed in the US District Court for the District of Colorado last summer, Judge William Martinez denied the Defense’s motion for partial summary judgement based on unpatentable subject matter under the Alice test.  The case is set to move forward to […]
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Famous Disney Marks Headed to the Public Domain

The clock is ticking for Mickey Mouse ‒ the world’s most beloved animated rodent. January 1st, 2024 marks the expiration date of the copyright for Walt Disney’s legendary short film Steamboat Willie. The film, as well as the characters therein, will forever become part of the public domain to be used freely without the risk of […]
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Intellectual Property Underpins Cannabis Business Value

IP Underpins Cannabis Business Value and Fuels Growth Opportunities   As cannabis becomes legal across the US and other countries, the black or gray markets of the past begin to fade away. However, cannabis remains a commodity. This in turn presents a unique opportunity for businesses to differentiate themselves through their IP. This commoditization of […]
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