AR Developers: You Leap Too Far, You Leap Alone

Understanding Magic Leap's Creator Agreement

The AR world is justifiably abuzz about finally getting its hands on the Magic Leap One. This long-rumored device may not (yet) create immersive illusions of whales diving through gymnasium floors, but it does appear to be an important step forward in AR smartglasses technology, proving the naysayers wrong. Developers across the world have been […]

AR-Induced Trespass May Yet Be a Thing

Court Refuses to Dismiss Class Action Against Niantic

The following guest post was authored by Benjamin P. Nimphie, a J.D. candidate at Boston University School of Law and a 2018 Summer Associate at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? By the same token, if a […]

“AR Assistant” As a Registered Trademark?

Imagine this scenario:   Developer: “Hey world, check out this new AR assistant I designed! You can talk to it and get helpful information from an augmented avatar.” Lawyer: “Sorry, AR ASSISTANT® is a registered trademark, and you just infringed it.” Developer: “Well, what else am I supposed to call a virtual assistant that you […]

Reality Barks, But Fails to Bite

Two recent lawsuits against AR/VR developers fall short

In two separate judicial decisions issued within the past month, plaintiffs suing AR/VR developers failed to get the relief they were looking for. While every case rises and falls based on its own facts, these examples are instructive of the type of litigation that AR/VR companies are actively facing right now, and for which others […]

Plain Contractual Language: A Reality That Can’t Be Augmented

Learn the Lessons of Voorhees v. Tolia

Often, disputes between cutting-edge technology companies raise very common legal issues and are resolved by well-established law. After WNJ’s Emerging Media & Technologies team broke exciting new legal ground for the augmented reality industry in last year’s Candy Lab v. Milwaukee decision, a recent decision by the federal court in New Jersey reminds us that many […]

Learn from WNJ Partner Brian Wassom about the amazing potential of augmented / virtual / mixed reality technologies, and the intellectual property concerns and opportunities that come along with them.

Date: February 16, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Event: Intellectual Property Seminar on IP in Augmented & Virtual Reality
Sponsor: Federal Bar Association - E.D. Michigan Chapter
Venue: Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
Location: 231 W. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48226
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

The WNJ Emerging Media & Technologies Industry Group has been advising AR/VR companies for years, and knows this industry like few others. Have questions? Give us a call!

Kudos to Niantic for Anticipating Storms of Liability in Its New AR Gaming Mechanic

Although mainstream media still propagates the narrative that Pokemon Go crashed and burned after it exploded onto the scene in July 2016, the truth is that the game remains quite popular, continues to plow new ground in location-based AR gaming. Niantic’s latest update to the game, released last week, not only adds a third set […]

Cleveland Roundtable Explores AR/VR Legal Issues

I was privileged to join several other legal scholars and AR/VR professionals at a roundtable discussion in Cleveland today. Organized by the First Amendment and the Arts Center at Case Western Reserve Law School and hosted by the EventWorks4D Hologram Studio, the event led off with a fascinating presentation from Philip Lelyveld, head of the […]

Will Pokemon Go Evolve Into Customer Confusion?

I’ve written at length about the potential for customer confusion arising from the association of digital advertisements with physical billboards and other commercial properties via augmented reality. It occurs to me, though, that the Pokemon Go phenomenon that began in July 2016 planted the seeds of a similar issue, albeit in a slightly different form […]