This is the third and final blog of a month-long series. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Michelson IP celebrates Black History Month by highlighting these insightful stories on inventorship and innovation, including Lisa Gelobter:
- “Whereas a copyright protects such original works of authorship, with limited exceptions Dr. King’s speeches cannot be used without prior approval by his estate for a term of life plus 70 years.” – Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech Can’t Be Used Without His Family’s Approval. Here’s Why, Forbes
- “Outkast legend André 3000 was about to lose a trademark on a sketch he’d done a while ago if he didn’t do anything with it – so now fans have some merch to cop.” – ANDRÉ 3000 DROPS HAND-DRAWN CLOTHING CAPSULE AFTER BEING FORCED TO FILE TRADEMARK, HipHopDX
- “Researchers point to the Supreme Court’s infamous 1857 Dred Scott ruling that Americans of African descent, whether free or enslaved, were not U.S. citizens. The decision essentially precluded Black people from patenting their inventions.” – , Bloomberg Law
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