Emojis and Intellectual Property Law

WIPO Magazine, June 2018, pages 32-36

4 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2018  

Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Gabriella Ziccarelli

Santa Clara University School of Law

Date Written: June 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric and Ziccarelli, Gabriella, Emojis and Intellectual Property Law (June 2018). WIPO Magazine, June 2018, pages 32-36 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3201355

Eric Goldman (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University - School of Law ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States
408-554-4369 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ericgoldman.org

Gabriella Ziccarelli

Santa Clara University School of Law ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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