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The Power of Licensing #10: What Do Plus-Size Apparel, Cannabis And Esports All Have In Common? Part Three Of A Three-Part Series

August 12, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder of Beanstalk

This is the final installment of a three-part series about product categories that have recently re-invented themselves due to cultural, societal, technological and political trends. Categories where the economics intersect with the trends. Part One in the series examined the plus-size fashion category. Part Two examined cannabis. Part Three examines esports.

The Power of Licensing #10: What Do Plus-Size Apparel, Cannabis And Esports All Have In Common? Part Two Of A Three-Part Series

August 5, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman

This is the second of a three-part series about product categories that have recently re-invented themselves due to cultural, societal, technological and political trends. Categories where the economics intersect with the trends. Part One in the series examined the plus-size fashion category. Part Two examines cannabis.

The Power of Licensing #10: What Do Plus-Size Apparel, Cannabis And eSports All Have In Common? Part One Of A Three-Part Series

July 29, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder of Beanstalk

If you live long enough, you see a lot of products and, indeed, entire product categories come and go. In the present time, much of this change has been driven by technology. CD players are gone; Spotify is here. Filofax disappeared, and we now have calendars and notes on our phones. Who needs paper maps when there is Google maps?

Kawhi Leonard Klaws Nike

July 7, 2019 | By: Oliver Herzfeld, Chief Legal Officer, Beanstalk

Kawhi Leonard recently commenced a lawsuit against Nike. According to the complaint, in 2011, just after being drafted to the NBA, Leonard created a logo based on a tracing of his notably large hand. Inside the hand,

Bandersnatch's Legal Adventure

New York, NY, January 14, 2019 | By: Oliver Herzfeld

The publisher of the popular Choose Your Own Adventure series of books, Choosco LLC, has commenced a lawsuit against Netflix. Essentially, Choosco claims Netflix’s new film "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" infringes several of Choosco’s trademarks that include the words "Choose Your Own Adventure".

The Power of Licensing #8: Billions of Dollars in Toy Sales Seeking a Home

November 12, 2018 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman, Beanstalk

FAO Schwarz is re-opening in mid-November.  It sure is interesting observing the toy category these days. Toy sales are robust (although slightly down from last year), an iconic retailer liquidated, retail brands are rising from the dead, new retail formats are being tested, online and offline sales are blurring, and there’s disruption everywhere in the category. It’s been a while since I had so much fun with toys!