Amanda G. Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Freelance Journalist for IPWatchdog, where she covers intellectual property. She earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from Central Connecticut State University in 2010. Amanda is also currently the Lead Strategist of Content Marketing, Social Media & Digital Products at Informa, a leading global business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business. She also works as a Freelance Journalist for Inside Counsel. Amanda was formerly a Web Editor at Technology Marketing Corporation. Follow her at @AmandaCicc.


Posts by Amanda G. Ciccatelli


The Growing Problem of Online Counterfeit Products

Many states have statutes that make counterfeiting a state crime, but often only if the trademark is registered in that state. According to Lo Cicero, state registrations …

Who Owns the Rights to the Word ‘Covfefe’?

“Filing a trademark application with the goal of claiming a right to a particular term – with nothing more – is a fundamental misunderstanding of our trademark laws,” Alston & …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
14 days ago 0

Inspiration vs. Copying: Where’s the Line in Hollywood?

When it comes to television shows, it not always clear what is “copyrightable.” Sometimes, filmmakers and screen writers can get into serious trouble if they don’t …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
18 days ago 3

Why Gene Simmons Abandoned His ‘Devil Horns’ Trademark Application

Earlier this month, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons filed to trademark the "Devil Horns" hand gesture, but this unusual application was soon after abandoned. The application listed the …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
26 days ago 0

Is There Such a Thing as “Entertainment Law”?

A lot of law students and young attorneys aim to get into the field of “entertainment law.” Today, entertainment law is more of a combination of contract …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
1 month ago 1

The Impact of Drake’s Fair Use Copyright Victory on Music Copyright Infringement

A few weeks ago, a New York federal judge ruled that Hip-Hop Artist Drake was protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine when he sampled a spoken-word …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
1 month ago 4

The Future of CleanTech Patents

The number of U.S. patents granted for clean energy technology has recently dropped following a near 10-year period of growth. In fact, according to the Brookings …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
1 month ago 2

How will district courts handle the influx of motions after SCOTUS TC Heartland ruling?

“What we do know is that motion practice will heat up and courts must determine how they want to handle the influx of motions to dismiss and …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 months ago 2

How New Musicians Can Protect Their Music’s Intellectual Property

It’s not just businesses and corporate environments that need intellectual property protection - artists of all kinds must protect their work too. Specifically, musicians have a …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 months ago 2

The Risks of Using Images for Commercial Purposes

Businesses were recently given a harsh reminder about the effects of failing to obtain permissions when using photography for commercial purposes when a California woman sued Chipotle …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 months ago 0

Slump in Clean Energy Patents Causes Concern

As of late, the spike of clean energy technology innovation is slowing down in the United States, during a time that the Trump administration is aiming to …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 months ago 1

Wi-Fi One vs. Broadcom May Reshape PTAB Trial Proceedings

The relationship between PTAB proceedings and parallel district court litigation may be altered significantly. The arguments in Wi-Fi One vs. Broadcom this week may change a lot …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 months ago 4

How Consumers Can Protect Themselves from False Advertising in Retail

In September 2014, a California woman named Linda Rubenstein sued Neiman Marcus over allegedly misleading price tags at their “Last Call” line of stores. In the case, Rubenstein …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 months ago 0

3D Printing for Consumers: What Does it Mean for the Future of IP?

Patent filings relating to 3D printing have increased 23-fold over the last five years, and trademark filings for businesses involved in 3D printing have increased 300 percent over …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 months ago 1