34 episodes

IP Goes Pop explores the interface between intellectual property(IP) and popular culture. Patents, trademarks, and copyrights are often referenced in popular movies, television and songs, but who owns the rights to creative expression? How long does a patent last? What makes a trade secret truly secret? Is the media getting it right when reporting on intellectual property issues?

Hosted by intellectual property attorney Michael Snyder, with guest colleagues, inventors, writers, and creators, this lively, bi-weekly podcast discusses intellectual property with a pop-culture twist.

IP Goes Pop Volpe Koenig Intellectual Property Law

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

IP Goes Pop explores the interface between intellectual property(IP) and popular culture. Patents, trademarks, and copyrights are often referenced in popular movies, television and songs, but who owns the rights to creative expression? How long does a patent last? What makes a trade secret truly secret? Is the media getting it right when reporting on intellectual property issues?

Hosted by intellectual property attorney Michael Snyder, with guest colleagues, inventors, writers, and creators, this lively, bi-weekly podcast discusses intellectual property with a pop-culture twist.

    Intellectual Property and a “Wacky” Professor - Brands and Inventions in the Simpson's Springfield Universe, Part II

    Intellectual Property and a “Wacky” Professor - Brands and Inventions in the Simpson's Springfield Universe, Part II

    Co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue are joined by fellow intellectual property attorney and Volpe Koenig Shareholder, Randy Huis, to once again visit the town of Springfield in the fictional, but full of real fun, world of The Simpsons.
    Explore eight popular inventions concocted by Professor Frink and their real-world manifestations, or possibly inspirations. From the sports betting apps now flooding the airways with commercials to acid shooting projectiles, the line between fiction and reality may be thinner than you think. If you’ve ever thought something as outrageous as a “Sarcasm Detector,” made by a yellow cartoon character, could become a reality, then this episode will have you asking “is there a patent for that?”
    For full show notes and to explore more episodes, please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
    You can stay connected with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 36 min
    Inventing For Kids Of All Ages With The U.S. Patent Office

    Inventing For Kids Of All Ages With The U.S. Patent Office

    Virtually visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an inside look at the many available resources, World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, and how inventors of any age can bring their ideas into the world. Join podcast co-hosts, Volpe Koenig Shareholders, and intellectual property lawyers, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue for a conversation with USPTO Regional Outreach Director, Elizabeth Dougherty. 
    Elizabeth provides a general overview of what functions the USPTO provides in American life and talks about her role in educating a wide variety of inventors. The panel explores famous movies involving young inventors in fictional worlds before delving into the many real-life ways the USPTO enables everyone to gather information about the patent and trademark filing processes and protections.

    Elizabeth makes it clear that the USPTO works to make IP protections accessible to everyone, no matter who they might be or where they might be from.
    Elizabeth walks Michael and Joe through the new inventor journey, describing how the USPTO can help in the invention process. From dedicated resources for students, teachers, and children on the USPTO website, to the often-underutilized Pro Bono and Law School Clinic Programs, you may be surprised to hear everything the USPTO has to offer.
    Links Mentioned:
    World IP Day USPTO Website Council for Inclusive Innovation Patent Basics Patents Demystified Learning and Resources USTPO Students Program USPTO Kids Inventor Trading Cards National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum Inventor Pro Bono Program Law School Clinic Program USTPO in your Region Animated history of first 10 Million Patents For full show notes and to explore more episodes, please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
    You can stay connected with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 37 min
    Character Crossovers - Mixing Up The IP Universe

    Character Crossovers - Mixing Up The IP Universe

    This episode covers the basics of what is involved in licensing intellectual property rights and character rights from one medium, studio, or universe into another. Volpe Koenig intellectual property attorneys and IP Goes Pop! co-hosts, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue cover the intellectual property rights involved in pop-culture crossovers that allow fans to see their beloved characters, from different worlds, interact.
     
    For full show notes and to explore more episodes, please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
    You can stay connected with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 36 min
    The IP of Baseball Cards and NFTS

    The IP of Baseball Cards and NFTS

    IP Goes POP! takes you out to the ball game (and the blockchain) for this episode of the podcast that looks at the shift from “collectible trading cards” to “collectable NFTs”.
    Podcast co-hosts, Volpe Koenig Shareholders, and intellectual property lawyers, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue round the bases and pull out their most memorable sports cards as they slide home to talk about the intellectual property (IP) of baseball cards, collecting, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). 
    Our panel discusses the basics of what an NFT is and how this blockchain technology is shaping the future of the analog trading card business.
    How can digital assets that live in a world of seeming abundance compete in value with the scarcity of cards you can touch, trade by hand, and (if you're unlucky) damage?
    As the technologies used for collectibles shifts, so do the IP laws that cover any new frontier. 
    Links Mentioned:
    High-value baseball cards First Sale Doctrine Right of Publicity Laws NBA Top Shot NFTs Crypto Punks For full show notes and to explore more episodes, please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
    You can stay connected with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 32 min
    The Spellbinding IP of the Harry Potter Universe

    The Spellbinding IP of the Harry Potter Universe

    What can the world of wizards, witches, and magic teach us about real-world intellectual property? The global franchise that is the Harry Potter universe has been both a pioneer and target of IP litigation.
    This episode will provide some observations for creating a fictional world that has aspects protectable in the real world. 
    When it comes to protecting your intellectual property, there are no magic spells, potions, or wands to be waved. There are, however, trademarks, patents, and copyrights that each provide IP protection for you or your company, in order to protect a brand, work of authorship, or idea. 
    IP Law is not magic, but it can be quite complex. No one can predict what projects or ideas will become a global phenomenon, but everyone can take the steps to protect their IP.
     
    Links Mentioned in this episode:
    US20140240102A1 - The System and Method for Tracking a Passive Wand and Actuating an Effect, Based on a Detected Wand Path. For full show notes and to explore more episodes, please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
    You can connect with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 36 min
    The Birth of a Brand: IP Goes Pop Has a Side Order of French Fries

    The Birth of a Brand: IP Goes Pop Has a Side Order of French Fries

    This episode of IP Goes Pop! traces the development of a brand from its inception to a seminal trademark. No matter the size of a business, it is important to grow your brand and establish goodwill in your name - and for that, you need a strong trademark. In this podcast episode, IP Goes Pop! co-hosts, Volpe Koenig Shareholders, and intellectual property lawyers, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue, welcome Philadelphia's own Pete Ciarrocchi, founder of Chickie’s & Pete’s Sports Bar and Crab House.
    When did Pete realize he was on to something protectable? How did he know he had an idea worth investing in and promoting? These are questions all entrepreneurs need to ask themselves as they seek to reach a broader customer base. There are many ways to protect your brand once you have one, and obtaining a federal trademark registration can be critical. Protecting your brand is an investment and a cornerstone for why IP law exists.
    What can business owners learn from this well-seasoned success story? Order a basket of fries for the table and find out! This podcast is not legal advice, we encourage you to seek out a trademark attorney to walk you through all of the information needed to get started with a trademark or patent.
    Episode Links:
    Pete Ciarrocchi SNL - Gap Girls Skit John Mulaney - Fries for Table Bit Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab with the Halo Logo P.C. Caddy U.S. Utility Patent  “P.C. Caddy” Dipping sauce holder Design Patent For full show notes and to explore more episodes, please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
    You can stay connected with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Buschman98 ,

Entertaining and educational

I love how Mike and Joe keep this podcast entertaining first and foremost, while also illuminating how IP impacts pop culture.

E.J. O ,

Interesting and informative

A podcast by intellectual property professionals that is made with the average person in mind. It’s interesting to learn how patents, trademarks and copyrights impact things like music, movies, toys and media. From Tiger King to NFT’s to comic books there is something for everyone.

amflip ,

Fascinating combination of topics, not a bunch of legalese

Everything starts with an idea. This podcast cleverly weaves the history and practical applications of intellectual property in an entertaining and educational way. It really grows on you. The host and guests are both knowledgeable and fun storytellers. Give it a listen.

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