19 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 • 18 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.

    Carrying a Torch for IP at the Olympics

    Carrying a Torch for IP at the Olympics

    This week IP Goes Pop! carries a torch for IP at the Olympics. Join co-hosts and Volpe Koenig shareholders, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue for a relay through the intellectual property involved in putting on a global athletic competition that turns its top competitors into household names. 
     
    In this episode, Michael and Joe dive into the trademarked words, phrases and logos owned by the International, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committees and the rights surrounding them. They look at the long tradition the Olympics has in driving technological innovation and the way athletes' images can be used before, during, and after the games.
     
    For full show notes please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
     
    You can also connect with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 38 min
    Down in the (Silicon) Valley

    Down in the (Silicon) Valley

    This week on IP Goes Pop! fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Ryan O’Donnell joins co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue to explore the technical world of the TV show Silicon Valley, the intellectual property (IP) challenges faced by fictional compression algorithm company Pied Piper, and how realistic those challenges are to those of real world tech start-ups.
     

    Michael, Joe, and Ryan consider “what they could have done” in connection with the IP tropes presented through some of the IP-heavy Silicon Valley episodes. They compare and contrast
    what happens in the show with the way real-world start-ups approach similar scenarios. From patent clearance and licensing, to trademarks, to copyrights, to identifying the different legal
    entities involved in possible IP disputes, this podcast episode underscores how important it is to know your IP rights from the start of any venture.
     
    For full show notes please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts.
     
    You can also connect with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 34 min
    Jurassic Patents

    Jurassic Patents

    This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig attorney and Ph.D. Douglas Bucklin joins co-hosts and shareholders Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue to travel back in time, and somehow also to the future, to explore intellectual property interests in the area of genetic engineering.
    In this episode, Michael, Joe, and Doug discuss, among other pop culture icons, the Jurassic Park movies and how the genetic engineering in those movies relates to science and intellectual property in the real world. They also explore the current status and methodologies of genetic engineering, how intellectual property laws consider DNA, and how close science may be to bringing back the dinosaurs…
    For full show notes please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts
    You can also connect with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 33 min
    The ABCs of NFTs

    The ABCs of NFTs

    What is an NFT (Non-Fungible Token)? How are they created? Why would you collect digital files that anyone can obtain or view for free? This week on IP Goes Pop! fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Joseph Gushue returns to the podcast and joins Michael Snyder to talk about the ABCs of NFTs.
    Michael and Joe break down some of the technical jargon behind NFTs and the basics of the blockchain, as they explore the current trends and future prospects of this technology and how it could impact the pop culture world.
    For full show notes please visit www.vklaw.com/newsroom-podcasts
    You can also connect with us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter and Instagram using the handle @volpeandkoenig.

    • 39 min
    Edison v. Tesla - A Shocking History

    Edison v. Tesla - A Shocking History

    Fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Wesley McMichael joins Michael Snyder to talk about inventors Thomas Edison’s and Nikola Tesla’s “battle of currents”. 
    Michael and Wes have an electric conversation about the race to light up the country and the patents that both paved the way for providing power. They explore the difference between the direct current (DC), championed, sometimes to a shocking extreme, by Edison, and alternating current (AC) advocated for by Tesla.
    For full show notes and to learn more please visit vklaw.com.
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    • 35 min
    Taking Back The Music

    Taking Back The Music

    Fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Robert Leonard joins host Michael Snyder to talk about artist’s rights, and attempts by musicians to regain rights to their original recordings.
    From Taylor Swift to Prince, IP Goes Pop! looks at what’s at stake when giving up rights to master recordings. In this episode, Michael and Robert explore how musicians try to “take back the music” and discuss how different artists navigated disputes over their intellectual property, and how the internet coupled with the likes of TikTok may be turning the industry on its flip-side.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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.

V. Snyder ,

A learning experience that’s also fun.

I’ve always been interested in learning more about patents and trademarks because I’m a business owner and have great ideas. This podcast has already taught me so much. I was also a Tiger King fan so this makes it even more interesting. Looking forward to more episodes!

Zzaphod1 ,

Informative and great fun

I was told about this podcast by a friend who is a trademark attorney, who thought I would enjoy it and was he right!
The subject matter is interesting and the discussions are fun and entertaining. Give it a listen!

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