A recent decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that even though there is nothing original about a banana, it may nevertheless be subject to copyright protection if it is sufficiently creative. The court applied the recent United States Supreme Court decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, which clarified when certain functional apparel may be subject to copyright protection. The Third Circuit applied that analysis to a highly-coveted banana costume. The dispute…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 19 of the firms’ attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Attorney F. Richard Lyford was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Litigation – Real Estate  “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is the oldest and…
A common trope is that technology is evolving too fast for the law to keep up. Companies like Uber, Tesla, and Coinbase race forward while ignoring whether their technologies or activities are covered by any existing regulatory framework. Many of these companies have had a rude awakening. A list of Uber’s legal disputes reads like a bucket list of state and international jurisdictions to visit. Tesla’s head landed in hot water with the SEC after…
Dickinson Law, Holmes-Murphy, and SBS Cybersecurity are pleased to present Iowa’s latest cybersecurity webinar, Into the Breach: Responding to a Cybersecurity Incident from Start to Finish, November 14, 2018 at Holmes-Murphy’s Waukee Headquarters.  In this half-day seminar, a panel of experts will share tips to properly prepare and reduce your risk of a cyber breach and equip your company with the right tools and resources to minimize damage after a breach takes place. Unfortunately, no company in any industry –…
As we approach the most wonderful time of the year – Oktober – I decided that if now isn’t the perfect time to write an ode to beer, then I don’t know when the right time is. It’s no secret to those who know me that I am a lover of beer. I loved trying all kinds of beer at Iowa City’s Northside Oktoberfest when I was in school at the University of Iowa, and…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 18 of the firms’ attorneys have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Our attorneys’ commitment to client service and legal excellence has been recognized across 28 areas of law and our attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers have amassed over 170 years of recognition. Please join us in congratulating the…
Do you write and create software for your start-up business? Have you developed a new and unique invention? Maybe you hope to operate your own photography studio, open a bakery with a catchy name or sell graphic design services. Regardless of the products or services you intend to offer, all entrepreneurs should be thinking about how to protect the intellectual property of their start up business. Intellectual property, also known as “IP”, is a common…
U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings, and Dickinson Law was again named a Tier 1 firm in the following 15 areas of law: Banking and Finance Law Commercial Litigation Corporate Governance Law Corporate Law Education Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Employment Law – Management Family Law Financial Services Regulation Law Labor Law – Management Land Use & Zoning Law Litigation – Land Use & Zoning Litigation –…
Today, international piracy and counterfeiting pose a real threat to a company’s intellectual property (IP) assets. Fortunately, there is another arrow for your quiver to protect your IP assets. Recording your registered trademarks and/or copyrighted works with the Custom and Border Patrol’s (CBP) Intellectual Property Rights e-Recordation (IPPR) system allows CBP agents to assist you in enforcement of your IP assets. Once recorded through IPPR, protected works become accessible to over 40,000 U.S. Customs officers…
Once your mark registers with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there are ongoing requirements to keep you mark registered. First of all, it is important to have continuous use of your mark with the goods or services identified on the registration certificate in the form your mark registered with the USPTO (e.g., style, color, font, etc.). Following are the important timeframes to keep in mind to maintain registration. Section 8 Declaration A…