Brian Downey is an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg in the Intellectual Property Department. He focuses his practice on all aspects of trademark and copyright law.
When you drop that photo you found on the internet into your next PowerPoint presentation, have you made fair use? Or are you an infringer? Certainly reasonable minds can agree on what is fair? When it comes to fair use under copyright law, however, reasonable minds (and many unreasonable ones) continue... December 17th, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
Most successful businesses have secrets. After all, absolute transparency plays right into the hands of copycats who want to ride upon your success without putting in the hard work. From client lists to secret formulas to simple marketing plans, your business relies upon trade secrets to succeed and... August 20th, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
Your brand embodies the entire goodwill of your business. Put out a quality product or service in connection with using your trademark and you will develop a loyal customer following. For example, consumers familiar with Apple’s past products will line up for hours just for the chance to get the latest... April 16th, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
Do you want to create a unique atmosphere for your business, or even just provide some background music for your customers while they browse? Maybe you, or one of your employees, went out and bought some CDs, or legally downloaded some songs from iTunes onto an MP3 player, and now you want to play that... December 18th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
If a monkey sitting at a typewriter hammers out a top-selling spy novel, who owns the copyright? The monkey? The owner of the typewriter? Or no one? While a similar question in a recent case has the intellectual property world going bananas, the question also raises practical considerations for every... August 21st, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More
During my career as an intellectual property attorney, I have had countless new client meetings begin with, “I have this idea…” Every entrepreneur’s first concern is to protect their ideas from others taking them and enjoying the fruits of their mental labors. And now for the bad news –... March 20th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More