Emojis and Intellectual Property Law
WIPO Magazine, June 2018, pages 32-36
4 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 2018
Everyone loves emojis, and why not? They are a fun and an increasingly ubiquitous way for people to express themselves. But despite their superficial frivolity, emojis can raise potentially complex and serious legal issues, including novel and complicated questions about intellectual property (IP). This short article surveys how United States IP law protects emojis, and why such protection may be problematic.
Keywords: emoji, emoticon, copyright, trademark, unicode
JEL Classification: z1
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