Articles By: Brian Downey

Brian Downey

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.

Turn It On, Turn It Up, Get Sued: Playing Music in Your Place of Business

Turn It On, Turn It Up, Get Sued: Playing Music in Your Place of Business
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

Don’t Monkey Around With Your Intellectual Property

Don’t Monkey Around With Your Intellectual Property
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

Do You Have Any Idea How to Protect Your Ideas?

Do You Have Any Idea How to Protect Your Ideas?
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

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