Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law

The JBIPL Blog offers a forum for our Editors and Staff to expand our coverage of developments in both business and IP law. The Blog will provide short entries analyzing current cases, trends and issues in business and IP law. The Blog has won the The Expert Institute's 2015 and 2016 Best Legal Blog Contest for Education and Law School Blogs.

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By: Nathaniel Reiff On February 28, 2020, the Wake Forest Journal of  Business & Intellectual Property will have the privilege of hosting Dr. Todd Hairston as a speaker at its Spring Symposium: “Amateur Hour is Over: Analyzing the Impact Changes in ‘Amateurism’ May Have on the Business of Collegiate Sports.” Dr. Hairston will be part of a panel alongside Professors Mason Ashe of the Wharton Business School and Howard University School of Law and…
By: Nathaniel Reiff On February 28, 2020, the Wake Forest Journal of  Business & Intellectual Property will have the privilege of hosting attorney Jason Setchen as a speaker at its Spring Symposium: “Amateur Hour is Over: Analyzing the Impact Changes in ‘Amateurism’ May Have on the Business of Collegiate Sports.” Mr. Setchen will be part of a panel alongside Wigdor LLP partner Michael Willemin, to analyze whether a pay-for-play model is legally practical…
By: Nathaniel Reiff The “eternal conflict” of athletic departments fostering a for-profit business model while adhering to the nonprofit educational mission of the NCAA and its umbrella of public universities has captured the interest of both federal and state lawmakers. Up to 30 states are considering proposals that would lay the foundation for student-athlete compensation. This initiative comes after California passed a law in 2019 that would allow NCAA players in the state to make endorsements…
By: Olivia Bane Michael Grace Jr. will moderate the Athletes as Employees: Analyzing the Business Implications of the “Pay-for-Play” Model panel at the Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law’s Spring 2020 symposium. Michael’s practice focuses on business and finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a first-year associate in Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Winston-Salem office. Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Michael spent several years as legal counsel at the Supreme Court of North Carolina, where…
By: Brian Lewis Mason P. Ashe wears many hats. An experienced sports and entertainment attorney, talent manager, brand strategist, and educator, Mr. Ashe brings over 25 years of experience in the legal and business arenas to best serve his clients, community, and students. As Founder and CEO of Ashe Sports & Entertainment Consulting, Inc., Ashe has structured and negotiated deals related to athlete and entertainer engagement, executive compensation, digital content licensing, and many other agreements…
By: Olivia Bane   Shelia Huggins is a solo practitioner, law professor, North Carolina representative for the Democratic National Committee, and social media personality. Shelia’s firm, Shelia Huggins, PLLC, focuses on business, contracts, sports, media, internet, employment, and entertainment law. Shelia teaches an Entertainment and Business Law course as an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central School of Law. For nearly nine years, Shelia also worked for the city of Durham, where she was involved in the programming of citywide events and…
By: Demi Busby Want to meet an impactful litigator? How many lawyers have had their case featured on an episode of South Park? Mr. Paynter began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Afterward, he moved to Sullivan & Cromwell where he represented clients, including Microsoft, in antitrust suits and numerous consumer class actions brought in both federal…
By: Dylan Ray Nearly all revenue generated by Native American tribes is exempt from federal income taxation. Individual Native Americans are, however, usually, taxed like all other citizens. Individual Native Americans must pay tax on income derived from their labor, businesses, investments, and gains from dealings in properties that are not held in trust by the federal government. Additionally, the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) taxes individual Native American’s income regardless of whether it was earned…
By: Nathaniel Reiff After a six-week long strike, General Motors Co.’s employees finally agreed on a four-year labor agreement, stifling further loss for the company and mitigating further blows to the economy.  The longest automotive walkout in 50 years, was initiated on September 16, 2019, when approximately 48,000 United Automobile Workers members went on strike. According to Bloomberg Law, the agreement awards among other things workers pay raises, $11,000 ratification bonuses, a route for temporary…
By: Nathaniel Reiff   Once considered a healthier alternative to traditional cigarette smoking, vaping might be burning out in the United States. Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products after declaring a statewide public health emergency. Governor Baker’s decision comes after 61 cases of lung disease, purportedly related to electronic cigarettes and vaping use, were reported in his state alone. According to the US Centers for Disease…