Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:50

R-Rated Puppet Movie Prevails Over Sesame Street’s Claims for Trademark Infringement

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The film studio (STX) behind the raunchy comedy, “The Happytime Murders,” successfully fended off a trademark infringement suit by Sesame Workshop.  Specifically, Sesame Workshop contended that the R-rated movie depicting puppets joking about drugs, sex, and guns confused the public with “Sesame Street,” tarnished the kid-friendly show’s reputation, and exploited Sesame Street’s mark and related goodwill by implying an affiliation that did not otherwise exist.  United States District Judge Vernon Broderick disagreed, however, stating that the comedy’s slogan – “No sesame.  All street” – actually proved to distinguish the film from the children’s cartoon, and further noted that the “R” rating automatically served as a differentiating characteristic.  The Happytime Murders will begin showing in theatres in August of 2018.

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Jonathan Woodard

Mr. Woodard represents clients in Intellectual Property Litigation.  He also has International Law experience, having clerked for the General Counsel of the International Fund in Rome, Italy. Mr. Woodard obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Florida A&M College of Law, where he served as an editor on the law review.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from King College as a recipient of a full academic/athletic scholarship as member of the varsity basketball team.