Please join the law firm in congratulating Aaron Friedman in the issuance of US Patent 9,027,779, for his inventive Front-Emptying Trash Can:
|Location:||DoubleTree Skokie 9599 Skokie Blvd Skokie, IL 60077|
|Start Date & Time:||03/25/2015 09:00 AM|
|End Date & Time:||03/25/2015 11:10 AM|
|Instructor:||Adrienne Naumann and Lesley Wallerstein|
Sometimes we IP attorneys get a bad rap. We sometimes have to tell other people they are infringing on our client’s patent, trademark or copyright. No one likes getting a cease and desist letter, no matter whether its politely written (always my opening approach) or downright snarky. Whether the sender has a valid point, or is just calling your bluff, once the letter gets sent, you have to deal with it (even if deciding to ignore it).
But the recent case of singers Sam Smith and Tom Petty illustrate a very clever way of heading off at the pass what could have been a very long and contentious legal battle over songwriting credits. It’s all about the parties’ attitude. If you listen to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” the chorus does in fact sound just like several key bars from Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.” It does not take a degree in music to understand this. Credit Tom Petty and his camp (unsure if lawyers were involved or not) for pointing this out to Smith and asking for a songwriting credit. Smith agreed and everyone was able to move on with their lives. Battle over.
Petty further clarified on his website:
“About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.“
We should all follow this example.