Welcome to Right, License and Privilege, an informational website published by attorney Rob Monath.  RLP is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of copyrights, trademarks and related intellectual property issues.

Recent Developments Concerning Copyright and Trademark Law

RLP publishes articles covering current issues affecting the acquisition, protection and use of proprietary content.


Rob Monath is an experienced copyright and trademark attorney with a particular focus on publishing, product development and online marketing. Rob assists a select group of clients with intellectual property and related business issues.


Lighting Designer Takes Dim View of Brad Pitt’s IP Claims

As reported recently, French lighting designer Odile Soudant is claiming intellectual property protection for her contributions to the lighting design for Chateau Miraval in Provence, owned and renovated by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Apparently, Brad Pitt sought out Ms. Soudant to oversee lighting, incorporating the beautiful natural light present on the grounds of the …

When Competitors Incorporate Your Name In Their Online Marketing: Tipsy Elves’ Approach May Provide Some Sobering Guidance

Internet advertising continues to present special legal challenges for trademark owners.  In particular, courts are still wrestling with the question as to whether an online advertiser may use a competitor’s name to promote a competing product.  Is it legal to use a competitor’s trademark in keyword searches and online advertising text through such platforms as …


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