WASHINGTON, DC June 12, 2019 - Conan Doyle Estate Ltd and Hartswood Films Ltd prevailed in cancelling two counterfeit trademark registrations for SHERLOCK and SHERLOCKED in a proceeding before the US Trademark Trial & Appeal Board. Bardacke Allison represented the Conan Doyle Estate and Hartswood Films, creator of the BBC SHERLOCK television series starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
SANTA FE, NM June 4, 2019 - The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on the litigation between the co-founders of FINAL STRAW, a reusable, collapsible drinking straw. Ben Allison was quoted in the article. Bardacke Allison LLP represents co-founder Emma Cohen.
LONDON, UK May 2, 2019 – Conan Doyle Estate Ltd released the first volume in a three-book series entitled The Art of Sherlock Holmes. The series features world-class contemporary artists who created new works of art inspired by each new Sherlock Holmes story. Authors include New York Times Bestsellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye, and Bonnie MacBird, and artists include Bruce Helander, Tracy Guiteau, and Vicki Siegel. The image above is a painting by Tracy Guiteau in The Art of Sherlock Holmes. Mr. Helander’s work is in the Whitney Museum and other museums around the world. Sales of the series raise money for Stepping Stones School, located in Hindhead, UK, a school for children with learning disabilities located in the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Bardacke Allison LLP represents the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.
April 8, 2019 - Paul Bardacke’s career as a mediator is the cover story of the 2019 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers. Bardacke Allison’s co-founder is recognized as “one of the nation’s top mediators,” a master fly fisherman, New Mexico’s former Attorney General, and one of its foremost lawyers. Congratulations, Paul!
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
SANTA FE, NM March 21, 2019 - Holly Holm signed a new six-fight contract with the UFC. Holm holds a 5-4 mixed martial arts record in the UFC and most recently defeated Megan Anderson via unanimous decision at UFC 225 last June. Breanna Contreras represents Holly Holm and manager Lenny Fresquez in all intellectual property and licensing matters, including the new contract with the UFC and Holm’s ad campaign with Mountain Dew.
SANTA FE, NM February 11, 2019 - Breanna Contreras will speak at the February 25, 2019 luncheon of the First Judicial Bar Association at the Hilton Hotel in Santa Fe. Her presentation, Community Property & Copyrights: Blue Dogs, Trivial Pursuit, and Peanuts Comics will help practitioners be aware of intangible intellectual property created by spouses, and addresses how courts in community property states have handled intellectual property when the divorcing spouses did not provide for it in their divorce. For information on attending contact Sabrina Salvato at email@example.com .
SANTA FE, NM December 12, 2018 - The Santa Fe City Council passed a landmark campaign finance law allowing the city to match limited funds raised by publicly financed candidates. The measure will allow such candidates to compete on a more equal playing field with privately financed candidates and those receiving support from independent groups. The law is the culmination of years of work and a recommendation from the city’s Ethics and Campaign Review Board, chaired by Bardacke Allison partner Justin Miller.
MIAMI, FL December 4, 2018 - Art Basel Miami 2018: A major exhibition of Judy Chicago’s work opens today at Institute for Contemporary Art Miami, titled “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning.” The exhibition coincides with a series of events celebrating Chicago’s groundbreaking work in modern art. Max Mara and ICA Miami co-hosted a dinner party to celebrate the exhibition at Soho Beach House Miami, at which Judy Chicago's limited-edition T-shirt for Max Mara was unveiled. Attendees included Maria Guilia Maramotti, Jeffrey Deitch, Casey Fremont, Nina Johnson and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Ms. Chicago will be featured in a conversation with Jeffrey Deitch at Art Basel Miami Beach’s Conversations, a book signing at Soho Beach House, and other events throughout the week. Ms. Chicago’s art is exhibited in museums worldwide. Ben Allison represents Ms. Chicago and attended the events.
SANTA FE, NM October 31, 2018 - Bardacke Allison lawyer Breanna Contreras’s article Til Divorce Do You P(Art) is featured in the current issue of New Mexico Lawyer, a quarterly magazine of the New Mexico State Bar. The article focuses on how courts in community property states, including New Mexico, deal with dividing divorcing spouses' intellectual property rights. Breanna is an intellectual property lawyer who manages Bardacke Allison’s federal and international trademark registration practice and represents clients in copyright and trademark licensing, brand strategy, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
LOS ANGELES, CA October 29, 2018 - Columbia Pictures has released the trailer for Holmes & Watson. The slapstick reimagining of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson features Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who last teamed up in Step Brothers (2008). The movie is set to arrive in theaters December 21, 2018. Bardacke Allison LLP represented Conan Doyle Estate Ltd in connection with the film.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM September 25, 2018 - Bardacke Allison LLP associate Victor Grafe III was sworn in to the NM state bar today in a special session of the New Mexico Supreme Court held at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. His admission was made on a special motion by his father, Gerald Grafe, a Corrales patent lawyer. Many of Victor’s family and colleagues attended. Victor’s practice focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation, including copyright and trademark counseling, protection, and litigation, patent ownership disputes, and contract and business tort lawsuits.
LOS ANGELES, CA June 21, 2018 - Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow have announced a release date of Christmas Day 2020 for Sherlock Holmes 3, the third in the series starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson. The first Sherlock Holmes was released December 25, 2009. The second, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was released December 2011 and grossed $545 million worldwide. Bardacke Allison LLP represents the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.
SANTA FE, NM August 8, 2018 - Benjamin Allison was named a New Mexico trademark star in IP Stars 2018/19 edition, published by Managing Intellectual Property. The publication is a leading guide for specialists and practitioners in intellectual property worldwide. Ben has litigated intellectual property matters for Harvard University and the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. and is a frequently invited nationwide speaker on copyright, trademark, and trial issues.
SANTA FE, NM June 20, 2018 - Ben Allison spoke on intellectual property in the estate planning context today to the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council. His presentation, “Do You Know What your Client Owns? Intellectual Property in a Creative Community” focused on surprising realities of copyright and trademark law that estate planners need to understand to handle various kinds of intangible rights.
Ben is an intellectual property trial lawyer and also devotes substantial time to licensing, literary, art, and entertainment transactions. He has negotiated transactions with Sony/Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, CBS Television, the BBC, Random House, and many others.
SANTA FE, NM June 1, 2018 - The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on the filing of Manuel Hinojos’ claim against Lowe’s Market for discrimination based on race and a serious medical condition. Mr. Hinojos, a Bardacke Allison LLP client, worked for Lowe’s for 21 years, but was fired when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and because he stood up for Mexican and Hispanic customers and employees of Lowe’s.
SANTA FE, NM May 25, 2018 - 2018 Super Lawyers has honored Bardacke Allison lawyer Breanna Contreras (née Houghton) as a Southwest Rising Star in Intellectual Property, an accolade reserved for the top 2.5% of lawyers in the Southwest United States. Contreras has experience in a variety of intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark licensing agreements, registering US and foreign trademarks, and defending and enforcing intellectual property in state and federal courts. Breanna also serves on the board of the State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Section.
SANTA FE, NM May 17, 2018 - Bardacke Allison LLP congratulates Victor Gerald Grafe III on his graduation from the University of Arizona Law School and on his return to our firm. Victor was a Bardacke Allison summer associate in 2017 and is now working part time while studying for the New Mexico bar exam. During law school he was a member of the Arizona Law Review, won multiple academic awards, and interned with the Honorable Philip Espinosa of the Arizona Court of Appeals and with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He is married to Elena Grafe and they have two young daughters. Victor has lived in Paraguay, where he and Elena met, and before law school served as a Baptist minister and as an orchestral violist. He is fluent in Spanish.
SANTA FE, NM April 25, 2018 - First Judicial District Judge David Thomson recently ordered the immediate protection of trade secrets of Steep Hill Labs, Inc., a world leader in scientific medical cannabis testing. Bardacke Allison lawyers secured the order on behalf of Steep Hill after a competitor obtained Steep Hill’s highly confidential laboratory procedures, developed by Steep Hill scientists over ten years. The competitor was ordered to return any copies or derivations of the trade secrets and is enjoined from viewing, accessing, copying, using, or implementing them.
NEW YORK, NY April 19, 2018 - TIME magazine has named Judy Chicago to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The TIME 100 recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Judy Chicago created one of the most important works of art of the twentieth century, The Dinner Party (1974–79), an installation celebrating women’s achievements in Western culture in the form of a meticulously crafted banquet table set for 39 historical women and honoring 999 others. The work is permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum. Chicago’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world. She is represented by Ben Allison.
SANTA FE, NM April 3, 2018 - The First Judicial District Court has rendered its Final Judgment in favor of Stella Vigil against Zia Credit Union following her successful jury verdict in December 2016. The final judgment tripled the amount of damages awarded by the jury. The Court also determined that Zia Credit Union committed willful unconscionable trade practices in handling Ms. Vigil's account, in violation of the New Mexico Unfair Practices Act, and awarded pre- and post-judgment interest. The judgment is the culmination of a six-year battle following Zia Credit Union’s conversion of her account. Bardacke Allison LLP represents Ms. Vigil.