IP Issues in the Recording and Music Industry.
NYC entertainment and intellectual property law attorney Ron Bienstock will be the telephonic
guest speaker. He will discuss intellectual property issues in the recording and music industry; and the 2009 landmark trademark ruling he won against Fender, halting their efforts to trademark the body shape outlines of its Strat, Tele, and P-Bass models. This 2009 case was an important victory for the guitar industry as a whole because it prevented Fender from gaining a monopoly on body shapes that have been used by hundreds of manufacturers for half a century. The Trademark Board concluded that after more than 50 years in the market, the guitar body shapes had become generic because consumers did not solely associate them with the Fender brand. Read more about the full-service entertainment and intellectual property law firm of Bienstock & Michael, P.C., at their website: http://www.musicesq.com
. Representative clients include Billy Joel, Goo Goo Dolls, Bret Michaels (Poison), Gene Simmons (Kiss), Twisted Sister, Uriah Heep, Wheatus, Cannibal Corpse, Dream Theater, Beth Hart, producer Steven Haigler, and actress Kathleen Turner. 1 General CLE Credit.
Following is the link to the Fender decision: https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/content/Information_Distributed_at_Meetings_1249.html