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William Stroever

Member, Co-Chair IP Department

Cole Schotz

William Stroever, co-chair of Cole Schotz‘s Intellectual Property Department, dedicates his practice to counseling businesses for growth and success through the use of intellectual property strategies. He has represented a wide range of clients, and has particular experience in the areas of consumer and biomedical products. Willie has also counseled numerous clients operating non-traditional businesses in online marketplaces.

Recent Articles by William Stroever

How U.S. Courts Ruled on Trademarks in 2023

This year has seen a bonanza of significant trademark decisions, including several high- profile decisions from the Supreme Court. Courts ruled on issues ranging from First Amendment and parody considerations to the extraterritorial reach of U.S. trademark law, yet in most cases returned to basic principles of trademark law to resolve the open issues. Below is a selection of a few of those significant cases from the previous year.

‘All I Want for Christmas’ Copyright Suit Is Probably More ‘Fantasy’ Than ‘Heartbreaker’

Headline-grabbing copyright infringement complaints are nothing new – especially recently. Robin Thicke, Ed Sheeran, and Dua Lipa have all faced copyright infringement lawsuits seeking eye-popping damages claims. At a quick glance, the $20 million lawsuit filed this month by Andy Stone against Mariah Carey, co-writer Walter Afanasieff, and Sony Music is just one more in a string of these cases. But a closer look at the Complaint, and a comparison of the 1989 Vince Vance & The Valiants song, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” with Mariah Carey’s 1994 song of the same name, raises more questions than answers.