Consider these legal angles before forming a streaming organization

Consider these legal angles before forming a streaming organizationBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The emergence of One True King (aka OTK) has evolved the traditional esports business model, from the organization’s deal with WePlay Esports, its partnership with a game developer to the team’s organizational partnerships and activations with brands such as Mountain Dew and Chipotle. OTK is an “influencer network and media […]

Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Rights: Recent Changes in Collegiate Athletics

Sports Law: Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Rights: Recent Changes in Collegiate AthleticsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The recent changes in college athletic administrative policies have caused a monumental shift in the sports business and legal profession with emergence of a new potential “$100 million” market. As a result of a series of lawsuits and […]

Trademark Infringement in The U.S.

Trademark Law: Trademark Infringement in the U.S.By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Trademark law provides the exclusive right to use a mark to differentiate the goods or services of one person or business from those of another. A trademark commonly includes a word, phrase, logo, design or a combination of these, which are used in relation […]

Trademark Litigation and Cease and Desist Letters

Trademark Law: U.S. Trademark Litigation and Cease and Desist LettersBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. If a party believes that their ownership rights in a registered trademark are violated by another individual or business, this individual or company has a variety of available options to police and protect their rights. This might include potentially instituting a […]

Trademark Renewals

Trademark Law: U.S. Trademark Registration Renewals – Renewal of Registered TrademarksBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. To maintain a trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.) in good standing and to continue to receive the benefits of the registration, the mark must be renewed so that it is will not be invalidated […]

Intellectual Property Law Protection of Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga Works

Intellectual Property Law Protections for Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga WorksBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Ranging from the characters from Marvel, Disney, Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, South Park, Mario, SpongeBob SquarePants, Sailor Moon, and many other creative properties, today’s popular entertainment products feature a plethora of unique intellectual property (IP), including rights that exist in […]

Pros and cons? Thoughts on the Overwatch League ‘new teams’ decision

Pros and cons? Thoughts on the Overwatch League ‘new teams’ decision (Using New Franchise Names)By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Game developer, Activision Blizzard announced that the new teams in its “Overwatch League” will be compromised of newly established teams with the league owning the rights to these created teams. This new move has wide-spread impact, […]

Bands, Brands and Artist Names – Own Them Or Risk Losing Them.

Trademark Law: Bands, Brands and Artist Names – Own Them Or Risk Losing Them.By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. An artist, band or brand name is one of the most important, if not, the most important feature in an individual’s career. Therefore, ownership and prior proper clearance of a particular name is prudent; and, generally, the […]

What Makes Gamer-Tags and Esports Team Names Such Valuable Trademarks?

Esports Law: What Makes Gamer-Tags and Esports Team Names Such Valuable Trademarks?By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. With the rapid international expansion and increased profitability of esports, including a surge in the number of players and teams involved in the competitions, the need to properly protect one’s “brand” and its associated intellectual property grows even more […]

Why An Esports Player Representative And Where They Fit In?

Esports Business: Why A Player Representative And Where They Fit In?By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Transparency is vital and so let’s start with a full disclaimer; I’m an esports player representative, so this may seem like a “pitch”, which in a way it undoubtedly is. However it is also meant to spotlight persistent misconceptions that […]