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Choose your own adventure in trademark infringement

Many people in California grew up loving the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books, and the name of the books largely became a genre of its own. Multiple video games have been based on the idea of an unfolding story that changes based on the choices made by players. Now, Chooseco, the publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure, is pursuing trademark infringement notices against independent game developers that use the phrase when describing their games. According to one gaming storefront, four game pages have been suspended from service due to the infringement complaints.

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Beer industry brews many intellectual property disputes

Craft breweries have become a common part of the business landscape in California, and their product names and labels have increasingly become the subject of intellectual property infringement litigation. Their marketing tactics may run afoul of other breweries, but sometimes brewers trigger conflict with other brands. Such is the case right now for Anheuser-Busch, who has been sued by Patagonia. Similarly, the musicians of Guns 'N' Roses have taken legal action against Canarchy over their Oskar Blues Guns 'N' Rosé ale.

'Charlie Brown Christmas' theme copyright holders sue Dollywood

Many people in California immediately recognize the melody for "Christmas Time is Here." Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi composed this theme music for the CBS special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that first broadcasted in 1965. The copyright holder, Lee Mendelson Film Productions, has filed a lawsuit against Dollywood, alleging that the theme park used the iconic theme music without license in multiple live theater Christmas productions. Court papers detail the claim that Dollywood show producers ignored repeated warnings that they were using the music without permission.

Someone copied my design, what should I do?

Whether you're a graphic designer or fine artist, it's devastating when another person steals a design you worked so hard on. While filing a lawsuit is an option, there are steps you can take beforehand to evaluate and strengthen your legal case. Fast Company offers the following advice on what to do when another person has pilfered your design.

How can intangible assets be protected?

Intangible assets are ideas or concepts that are highly valuable to a business. These assets are often under constant threat due to how easily information can be breached and potentially disseminated to direct competitors. As such, protecting intellectual property is of the utmost importance, as explained by CIO Dive.

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