IPC attorney, Richard Sahuc, performed work on Unhinged on behalf of client Ingenious Media, who provided funding for the Russell Crowe led road rage thriller filmed in and around New Orleans. Solstice Studios, who produced the film in partnership with Ingenious Media, originally scheduled the film’s release for September but moved the release date up in a gamble to make Unhinged the first "post-pandemic shut-down" blockbuster theatrical release on July 10 as theaters are expected to begin reopening across the country. You can view the trailer for the movie here.
Entertainment projects like film often involve multiple intellectual property concerns: trademarks, copyrights, licensing, publicity rights and, in today's world, internet and social media issues. IPC's experience in each of these fields provides the ability to direct our clients through the multi-faceted entertainment field.
If you have a project in the entertainment industry and have questions regarding intellectual property concerns, call our professionals at 504-322-7166.
Intellectual Property Consulting, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Adam V. Vickers to the firm. Adam joins IPC with over 13 years of legal practice experience, helping his clients obtain, enforce and defend a broad array of intellectual property rights. He also has extensive experience in licensing, transaction and corporate matters.
Adam is a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and represents global companies, small businesses and individuals in patent and trademark prosecution matters, post-grant proceedings and related litigation across the United States. Adam's portfolio includes the mechanical arts, software and computer arts and electronic arts. In addition, he counsels his clients regarding service agreements, licensing and financing due diligence.
Adam graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2006, where he served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. During law school, Adam was a judicial extern to the Honorable T. Michael Putnam in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and to the Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Former Chief Justice of the Louisiana State Supreme Court. Adam holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Auburn University, where his peers voted him Most Outstanding Graduate. Before law school, Adam was an engineer for ExxonMobil Corp.
The addition of Adam to the firm demonstrates IPC's ongoing commitment to measured and sustainable growth. “We are thrilled to include Adam on our roster of talented attorneys,” says managing director, Greg Latham. “He is a talented lawyer who will strengthen our team and provide valuable insight to our clients.”
IPC is an industry leader in intellectual property consulting and litigation, as evidenced by the recognition of Greg Latham and Ben Meroney in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Trademark Law and Copyright Law, respectively. As the largest intellectual property boutique law firm along the Gulf Coast, IPC offers big firm experience with small firm service.
IPC recently represented its client, Edge-Works Manufacturing Company, in three separate lawsuits against all against one of its competitors, HSG, LLC. All of the lawsuits were filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina and dealt with issues of breach of contract, federal false advertising claims, and patent infringement arising out of the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazine carriers.
In the breach of contract suit, HSG alleged Edge-Works breached a prior settlement agreement by selling its unique softshell scorpion carriers. That case was resolved on summary judgment and IPC was able to obtain an attorneys’ fee award of $56,876 for Edge-Works.
In the false advertising suit, HSG alleged that Edge-Works falsely advertised the material used for its Softshell Scorpion carrier. IPC successfully had those claims dismissed at the earliest stages of litigation; however, HSG appealed that ruling to the Fourth Circuit.
As to the patent infringement lawsuit, Edge-Works claimed HSG’s Polymer Taco products, Kydex Handcuff Taco and Kydex Tourniquet Taco infringed Edge-Works’ patents bearing U.S. Pat. No. 9,795,210 and 9,668,568, covering variable compression magazine carriers.
The parties recently reached a global settlement resolving all of these disputes. Although the specific terms of the settlement are confidential, IPC was pleased that it could assist Edge-Works in bringing a global resolution to all these disputes that Edge-Works found to be favorable.
IPC attorneys, Stephen Kepper and Greg Latham, were lead counsel for Edge-Works in all these matters. IPC has served as Edge-Works’ counsel for over seven years, and during that time, has helped Edge-Works develop, defend, and monetize a portfolio of issued patents and federally registered trademarks.
If you have questions about intellectual property rights, including patent or trademark related issues, contact us at (504) 322-7166 for more information on how our professionals can help.
Congratulations to our client, Tulane University, for scoring in multiple Top 20 rankings in the annual "College Rankings" lists just released by The Princeton Review!
#1 Most Engaged in Community Service
#2 Their Students Love These Colleges
#3 College City Gets High Marks
#4 Happiest Students
#6 Best Quality of Life
#9 Best-Run Colleges
#13 Impact Schools
“Tulane University, located in the heart of New Orleans, is an institution where 'academics are rigorous,'" according to The Princeton Review, and which "encourages exploration, trying new things … and learning from people who are different from you.” Read more about the "College Rankings" here.
IPC's client, Edge-Works, was recently sued again by HSG, LLC (“High Speed Gear”) in the Eastern District of North Carolina where HSG brought federal false advertising claims against Edge-Works, alleging Edge-Works falsely advertised the material used in its Softshell Scorpion magazine carriers. Without having to conduct any discovery, Edge-Works successfully dismissed all of HSG’s claims at the earliest stages of litigation on the basis that HSG’s claims were barred by Res Judicata.
The Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independent regional programs that match volunteer patent professionals, like our own Mark Melasky, with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. Registered patent practitioners like Melasky are critical to the success of the Patent Pro Bono Program.
Melasky was invited to attend the recent Patent Pro Bono Program Conference hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office as part of his role as Steering Committee Chair for the Louisiana Program. He will play a key part in helping The Ella Project, a Louisiana program providing pro bono legal assistance, arts business services and advocacy to the local cultural community, in launching and administering the Louisiana Patent Pro Bono Program.
Melasky was joined at the conference by administrators from other regional programs across the nation at USPTO headquarters to discuss best practices in order to enhance and improve the effectiveness of the program.