Intellectual Property

GMSR’s appellate lawyers are well acquainted with the issues surrounding copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and the right of publicity.  GMSR handles appeals both for intellectual property owners protecting their rights and for defendants alleged to have violated the rights of another.  The firm has also helped make important case law on standing and burdens of proof in the intellectual property arena, as well as on substantive matters.

Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment, holding that insurance policy does not cover infringement of models’ rights of publicity

GMSR’s insurer client issued a commercial general liability (CGL) policy to a nightclub.  Club employees obtained various models’ photographs and used them in social media posts promoting the club.  The models’ rights-management company sued the club, alleging that it had used the photographs without permission

Eleanor Licensing LLC v. Classic Recreations LLC (2018) 21 Cal.App.5th 599

In a published decision, the Court of Appeal affirms GMSR’s clients’ rights to Eleanor, the star car character of the Gone in 60 Seconds films

In a published decision, the Court of Appeal affirms GMSR’s clients’ rights to Eleanor, the star car character of the Gone in 60 Seconds films

The clients had licensed their rights to produce replicas of Eleanor, the car that played a starring role in Gone in 60 Seconds, to the defendants.  In return for the license, the defendants gave the clients, among other things, the first licensed replica they built. 

Aug 16, 2010 Related Cases
Jules Jordan Video, Inc. v. 144942 Canada Inc. (9th Cir. 2010) 617 F.3d 1146

Copyright infringement; work-for-hire doctrine

Aug 16, 2010 Related Cases
Ninth Circuit clarifies the scope of the work-for-hire doctrine and reinstates a multimillion-dollar copyright judgment for GMSR’s client

Jules Jordan Video, Inc. v. 144942 Canada Inc., et al. (9th Cir. 2010) 617 F.3d 1146 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) [published]. In a published opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a $2.6 million judgment for GMSR’s client in

Jasmine Networks, Inc. v. Superior Court (2009) 180 Cal.App.4th 980

Former trade secrets owner had standing to assert trade secret misappropriation claim

Halicki Films, LLC v. Sanderson Sales and Marketing (9th Cir. 2008) 547 F.3d 1213

GMSR’s clients owned the copyrights to and trademarks associated with the classic 1974 film, “Gone in 60 Seconds” and its iconic car character, “Eleanor.” In 2000, Disney (through an agreement with GMSR’s clients) released a blockbuster remake of the film under the same name, reprising

HLC Properties, Ltd. v. MCA Records, Inc. (May 16, 2008, B191608) 2008 WL 2068155 [nonpublished opinion]

Bing Crosby’s heirs were denied their constitutional right to a jury trial of their claims

Electronic Waveform v. RJS Industries, Inc. (9th Cir. 2006, 05-56338)

Trademark infringement and passing off

Sargent Fletcher, Inc. v. Able Corp. (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 1658

Burden of proof on issue of independent development in trade secrets case

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