LIMA Licensing Blog

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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Oliver Herzfeld

How To Establish A World-Class Corporate Brand Licensing Program

This article originally appeared in Forbes.   Licensing programs are an important commercial tool for corporate brand owners, enabling them to derive significant rewards from granting third parties the right to use their trademarks. In addition to generating new revenue streams, licensors benefit from: strengthened relationships, reinforced brand values and additional touch-points with existing customers; extended brand awareness, reach and

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Utku Tansel

Asia Pacific Offers Good Opportunities in Apparel, Personal Accessories and Toys Licensing

Utku Tansel, Strategy Analyst – Licensing As I explore in Euromonitor International’s “Key Character Licensing Trends Shaping Apparel, Personal Accessories and Toys in Asia Pacific” Global Briefing, Asia Pacific is a promising region where growing populations, rising disposable incomes, expanding middle classes and rapid urbanisation are all driving growth in licensed products sales. Apparel, accessories and toys are the top

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Oliver Herzfeld

Louis Vuitton v. My Other Bag: No License Required

This article originally appeared in Forbes. Using another’s trademark on your goods and services usually requires a license. However, there are exceptions to that general rule. For example, under certain circumstances, you are not required to obtain a license in connection with trademark uses for purposes of parody. The recent decision in case of Louis Vuitton v. My Other Bag

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Utku Tansel

Licensing Industry Is Ready for the Next “Frozen”

Utku Tansel, Strategy Analyst – Licensing – The astonishing success of “Frozen” clearly proved that the licensing landscape is still far from saturated and there is still scope for the development of successful new properties as well as existing evergreen franchises as I also explore in Euromonitor International’s “Licensing: A Billion Dollar Character Franchises” global briefing. There have been many

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