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Baker Donelson announces the addition of Susan A. Russell to the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Susan will join the Atlanta office. Susan is a trusted trademark and brand advisor, providing domestic and international trademark counseling, growth, protection, and maintenance strategies at each business phase, and throughout the lifecycle and lifetime of a mark. She also …

Imagine that after years of work and preparation, your business is ready to expand.  While planning your company’s growth, you discover something unsettling. Another similar business with the same (or nearly the same) name is located in a nearby state.  Worse still, it claims to have a federally-registered trademark.  Your expansion plans may be on …

In a digital society dominated by the saying, “there’s an app for that,” copyright protection is essential. Paying to have a work created does not automatically vest ownership of the copyright in the paying party. When making the decision to hire an individual to develop software either as an employee or independent contractor, companies must …

OXFORD — A lawsuit filed by William Faulkner’s heirs over a quote in the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris” has been scheduled for trial April 7, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Oxford. The Faulkner estate sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October 2011, saying the company infringed on copyright when actor Owen Wilson …

OXFORD — The estate of William Faulkner has settled a copyright lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. and The Washington Post Co. for using a Faulkner quote in a newspaper ad by the defense contractor. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson dismissed the lawsuit Dec. 12. Terms of the settlement are sealed. The Faulkner …

JACKSON — The past is never dead, William Faulkner wrote. His heirs, in two lawsuits, say their copyright rights are also very much alive. The manager of the famous author’s literary estate is suing Sony Pictures Classics for using that “past is not dead” quote in Woody Allen’s 2011 film, “Midnight in Paris.” It’s also …

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BAY ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has postponed the sentencing of a Bay St. Louis man convicted of copyright infringement for reproducing and selling copies of the “Family Guy” television series. Neil John Brimelow pleaded guilty Nov. 8 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Brimelow was scheduled for sentencing Feb. 7. His attorney filed …

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GULFPORT — A Bay St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement for reproducing and selling copies of the “Family Guy” television series. Neil John Brimelow accepted a plea agreement Nov. 8 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted Brimelow in April. The case was transferred from …