Intellectual property in the digital world

By Ruth Walters, Garvey Schubert Barer; Hospitality Law and Intellectual Property | 7 Mar 17

The digital world is a vast, Amazonian river of intellectual property (IP)—software, brands, photos, video clips, music, guest information, guest reviews—flowing quickly in every direction. Almost any significant issue arising in this space highlights the juxtaposition between an IP owner’s desire—in some cases legal obligation—to control and protect its content (i.e. intellectual property) with the desire to have content exposed to more and different consumers and potential consumers, across ever proliferating channels. Ruth Walters of the Seattle-based law firm Garvey Schubert Barer provides some valuable legal insights and advice for us in the hotel world.

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About Garvey Schubert Barer

Members of Garvey Schubert Barer’s Hospitality, Travel and Tourism group are well-versed with an industry operating under the ancient “law of innkeepers, bailments and barter,” while at the same time, drafting and negotiating real estate purchase and sale agreements, management agreements, franchise agreements, group sales agreements and intellectual property licenses for today’s business needs. From traditional real estate acquisitions, disposition and financings to high-end restaurant concept protection to technology agreements for the very latest geo-location mobile apps (fully integrating client and guest content across brand websites to multiple social media platforms), our attorneys' substantive knowledge has been perfected by years of collective experience applying it to real-world, practical issues facing owners and operators in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries.
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