Dr. Dre’s Name Tied Up in Messy Divorce, Along With His Fortune

October 15, 2020Media Mention
Bloomberg Law

Greenberg Glusker IP attorney, Liz Sbardellati, offers insight on the issues of joint ownership of trademarks upon divorce in the article, "Dr. Dre’s Name Tied Up in Messy Divorce, Along With His Fortune," published by Bloomberg Law on October 15, 2020.


“Part of the issue here is that joint ownership is so antithetical to the underlying theories that there’s just not a ton of case law on it,” trademark attorney Elizabeth Sbardellati of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Los Angeles said. “That’s just not how trademarks are intended to function.”

That Dr. Dre’s identity is also tied up in the trademarks also invokes a separate right of publicity and a complicating overlap of rights, Sbardellati said. Nicole Young’s interest in marks created during the marriage, if not overridden by a prenup, would likely come in the form of licensing revenue tied to particular marks, she said.

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