Intellectual Property

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Texas Blizzard Shave Ice Receives a Proclamation from the (Dairy) Queen

    blizzard (bliz´erd) n. 1 a severe thunderstorm characterized by colt temperatures and heavy drifting of snow 2 an overwhelming number or amount; deluge 3 a frozen treat made by Dairy Queen and only Dairy Queen. No, wait, that third definition isn't accurate, though it may soon be if the fast food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Washington Redskins Lose Trademark (Forever, Hopefully)

    Imagine if someone wanted to name their professional sports franchise the Washington White Guys. Or the Washington Black Men. People might take offense to that. The U.S. Patent Office would; it made that clear in its Wednesday ruling on the NFL's Washington Redskins' name. The office said the team' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Visionary Old Man Neil Young's New Trick: Pono

    Rolling Stone once described Neil Young in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" issue as a "restless experimenter... who transform[s] the most obvious music into something revelatory." Admittedly, I don't know much of Neil Young's musical catalog, and there's something about that high-pitched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    East Texas Lawyer's Anti-Semitic Jokes Cost Cisco $60 Million

    Otis Carroll of Ireland, Carroll & Kelley is an attorney in Tyler, Texas, where the vaunted rocket-docket patent litigation district court sits (a/k/a as the "Eastern District of Texas," at least one of its "divisions"). Carroll was retained as "local counsel" by Cisco in a piece of patent litigatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Morrissey Delighted With Parody Charlie Brown Tumblr, Apparently

    If you haven't had an opportunity to check out the Tumblr "This Charming Charlie" -- seriously, it should have been "You're a Charming Man, Charlie Brown! -- then do yourself a favor and head on over there to waste a couple of hours. The site posts classic Peanuts comic strips, but with all the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Torchy's Tacos' Suit Against Texas Taco Co. Alleges Theft of Food-Prep Bible

    Back in August, we reported on the anticipated opening of a new taco joint in Houston called Texas Taco Co. The Friendswood location was the third store set to open in Texas -- the other two are in Baytown and Magnolia -- and though it sounded like a delicious addition to the Houston-area restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    How a Prince Cover Sent Me to YouTube's Copyright-Infringement Cartoon

    Thursday morning I logged onto YouTube and found that my account had been frozen for copyright infringement. It's happened before, but this time I was instructed to watch a five-minute cartoon from the folks behind Happy Tree Friends about being a dirty, content-stealing pirate as well as take a qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Johnny Manziel Files Suit For "Johnny Football" Trademark Infringement. Good For Him!

    It's going to be at least another several months before Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel can capitalize financially off of his nickname "Johnny Football," and if he and his family have their way it will be much longer before anybody else can. As reported back in Novemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    "Power Hour" Free Once Again After Trademark Dispute, Thanks to Ali Spagnola

    Imagine, if you will, an hour-long drinking game, fueled by 60 shots of beer and 60 different one-minute songs all performed live. Can't quite picture it? You have a terrible imagination; here's a video to help you out: That looks like fun, right? Who doesn't like fun? Jerks on the Internet appar ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2012

    Patent Law: The New Cold War

    On the frontlines of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    A Bite Into Election Night: What the Different Parties Will Be Eating

    As America is busy keeping an eye on the 2012 Presidential Election -- an election that's shaping up to be one of the closest battles for the presidency in U.S. history -- we're occupied contemplating what the people of the different parties will be munching on during Election Night (today, for thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Good Dog Hot Dogs: A Cautionary Tale for Small Businesses

    The Good Dog Hot Dogs truck has almost disappeared from the Internet overnight, even though they are very much still in business. On September 19th, both their Facebook page and web site were taken down. The same day, the popular food truck posted to Twitter: "Our apologies, we're currently working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Swizz Beatz is the CEO of Shuttered Megaupload...Wait, What?

    We've all failed as music journalists. Swizz Beatz is the CEO of and no one seemed to notice? No one, except Wikipedia (yes, that bastion of factual information on the web), which lists Swizzy's government handle, Kaseem Dean, as the head honcho of Megaupload. Megaupload's "About Us" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Rice Researchers: Lack of Copy Protection Decreases Music Piracy

    A joint study between marketing professors from Rice University and Duke University has revealed that music industry efforts to reduce piracy through placing copy restrictions -- referred to as Digital Rights Management or DRM -- may actually serve to increase the very theft they wish to prevent. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    What Google & Motorola's Marriage Means To The Music Industry

    The Daily Beast​Google stunned the tech world last week when it tied the knot with Motorola for $12.5 billion. But it's the music business that should be raising its brows at the union. Like any typical suitor, Google weighed Motorola's considerably large assets in its decision to get in bed ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Invasion of Piracy

    Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Dallas Wiens: Faceless Texan Says Brit Tabloid Forged His Name On Photo-Release Contract

    Dallas Wiens has enough troubles​You know what's worse than getting your entire face seared off by an exposed power line? Well...not much, actually. But having a British tabloid forge your name on a contract in order to publish pictures of said face without your consent is pretty dang bad. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Bryan McCarthy: Deer Park Man Arrested for Illegally Livestreaming Sporting Events

    Bryan McCarthy: Channel surfing can get you arrested​Federal agents today arrested Bryan McCarthy, 32, for running a Web site that illegally livestreamed NFL games, pay-per-view fights and other sporting events. The operator of was arrested at his Deer Park home without inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    YouTube Reinstates Ally ASL's Account

    ​Allyson Townsend, better known to her fans as Ally ASL, made headlines earlier this month when YouTube shut down her account after Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group complained that her videos, which featured Ally translating pop songs by Kesha, Owl City and others into American Sig ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2010
  • Calendar

    October 15, 2009

    Copyright Infringement

    Get your hands off my sound

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    ManKind Project Decides To Get Transparent

    ​After years of stewing in a mix of controversy and mystery, The ManKind Project is finally going to give the world an official glimpse into its secret world of male rites, rituals and so-called "training" programs.At least according to an MKP memo obtained by Warren Throckmorton, Associate Profes ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Wii Will, Wii Will Sue You

    Hey all you Wii fanatics, sitting out there happily glazy-eyed, thinking you're actually exercising, thinking the Japanese must be freakin' genuises (genuiiii?) for inventing this thing -- you're wrong. You're wrong because a) Happiness shouldn't come from an electronic bowling game; b) It ain't ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    R.I.P., Plagiarizing Montgomery County Paper

    This just in: The Montgomery County Bulletin is closing its doors. Its editor/publisher Mike Ladyman is tired of the plagiarism charges and the accusations and the 30-40-50 e-mails he received in the last two days: “You scum bag.” “You should go to hell.” And he ended his association with w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Jody Rosen of Slate Responds, Deals With A Squalling Kid

    Driving out of New York City for a weekend vacation with his wife and a sometime screaming 4-year-old in the back seat, Jody Rosen called us to respond to what Montgomery County Bulletin Editor/Publisher Mike Ladyman had to say to us. The conversation was a disjointed one, delivered in about five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008
  • News

    March 20, 2008

    Movie Pirates

    That couple in the back row — they're making out big time, but not in the way you think

  • Calendar

    October 4, 2007

    The Future of Food

    If you are what you eat, then you might be a genetic freak

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    From Houston with Love

    The city sends a special something to Africa

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Beer Brawl

    Starbucks tries to step on the start-up of Starbock beer

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Larry Tee, W.I.T.

    Saturday, July 12

  • Culture

    April 19, 2001

    Custody Battle

    Marvel Comics isn't going to give up Captain America without a fight

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    The Enforcers

    Unlicensed jukebox music may be the downfall of feisty Sassy's

  • News

    December 21, 2000


    Ministry Magic, Rice Wars, Cross to Bear

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    RiceTec Paddy Whack

    An Alvin-based rice company, the Prince of Liechtenstein, the United States Patent Office, and an Indian eco-feminist bring global trade debates to a roiling boil on Houston's back burner

  • Music

    October 15, 1998

    Blues for Freddie

    The family of a Texas guitar legend fights to protect his legacy

  • News

    August 20, 1998
  • News

    August 20, 1998

    Biological Disaster

    Zonagen Inc. took its name from Bonnie Dunbar's groundbreaking research into contraceptive vaccines. Then, when she wasn't looking, the company took her research.

  • News

    May 28, 1998

    Tracking "Eric the Red"

    A lot of people have wanted Dr. Eric Scheffey banned from operating rooms. Noe Santana swears he'll succeed where others have failed.

  • Music

    April 17, 1997
  • News

    March 17, 1994

    Soundboard to Heaven

    Justice Records is looking for treasure in a CD gap