LIMA Licensing Blog

Is Your Licensing Growth Strategy Better Than Harry Potter?

I recently watched a webinar put on by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) on Reframing the Ways Brands Grow, and it got me thinking. What is a brand? It’s not just a product or a service any more. It can be a TV series, a political party, even a celebrity. Basically, anything that is an entity in its

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LIMA Marketing

Summer Reading: The LIMA Marketing Edition

Summer is here!  That means vacations, pool/beach time and the need for some new reading suggestions.  LIMA’s marketing duo is here to help. CHRISTINA’S RECOMMENDATIONS Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – How to Tell Your Story in a Nosiy Social World – Gary Vaynerchuck “News has little value on its own, but the marketer who can skillfully spin, interpret and

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Utku Tansel

Top Five Trends Shaping Character Licensing in Asia Pacific

Utku Tansel, Strategy Analyst – Licensing, Euromonitor International Asia Pacific was the top region in the world in terms of disposable income and expenditure growth during the period of 2011-2016. While Asia evolves as the global leader in population, production and consumption, manufacturers across many industries are looking into ways to increase sales and market share in the region. As

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Steve Sparacino

The Value of Video Marketing

Did you know video is projected to claim more than 80% of all web traffic by 2019? According to inc.com, “you want to take big creative steps forward in establishing your business within the video internet marketing revolution. What used to be a future reality conversation held only in ‘techie’ circles is now in the present and this new reality

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Jay Powell

Identifying a Great Developer or Publisher for Your License

Video games on mobile devices, PC’s, and consoles have a tremendous reach now and engage users far more than ever before. And that’s quite a feat. Let’s dispel some old ways of thinking first and then we will go through some simple steps to find a great partner for your license. “Video games are just for kids.” – Not anymore, the average

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Oliver Herzfeld

Legal Beef: Benihana In A Licensing Battle Over The ‘Beni Burger’

It all started with an unauthorized hamburger. Well, actually, it all started in 1964 when Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki opened a chain of iconic Benihana restaurants. The restaurants feature teppanyaki cooking, a dinner entertainment style of cuisine where chefs theatrically prepare meals at an iron griddle located tableside. Sometime after Aoki’s death in 2008, his family sold Benihana Inc. (BI) to

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Jonathan Faber

Licensing the Right of Publicity: A Primer

By: Jonathan L. Faber Licensing refers to a transaction involving intellectual property. While trademarks, copyright, and patents are familiar, the Right of Publicity also is the centerpiece of many licensing transactions.  The state-based Right of Publicity ensures control over most commercial uses of one’s persona.  Like copyright, the right generally survives after death for a considerable time.  Stephen Curry’s Brita

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Utku Tansel

Beauty and Personal Care Offers Further Opportunities in Licensing

By: Utku Tansel, Strategy Analyst – Licensing As I explore in our “Global Licensing Trends in Beauty and Personal Care” Global Briefing, Licensing is becoming an important factor across many categories. While fashion houses’ sales in the industry continue to grow, character franchises are driving licensing in baby and child-specific products as well as children’s oral care. As many celebrity

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Oliver Herzfeld

Protecting Cannabis Brand Names

By Oliver Herzfeld and Jared Mermelstein “Marijuana’s classification as an illegal substance makes brand protection under trademark law problematic and uncertain. But it is not impossible for cannabis companies to protect their brands. It just takes some creative problem-solving!” This article originally appeared in Forbes. As a growing number of states permit activities specific to the possession, use, production and

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Kelvyn Gardner

A Note from London

I’m sure I was not alone yesterday in receiving a good many email, text and WhatsApp messages from licensing friends, colleagues and contacts wishing me to be safe and well away from the London terrorist attack. I thank all of you for your care and concern. In fact, I was in London but some miles from Westminster where it all

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