Doesn’t an IP Law Movie Night sound fun? I think so. I decided to compile a list of movies that are not just entertaining, but that touch upon intellectual property protection and infringement issues. The following are movies I have personally seen and highly recommend. Descriptions are from: www.imbd.com. Feel free to read their descriptions out loud to yourself in your best movie phone voice-I did.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper
Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty [You know the movie about the miracle mop inventor].
Father of Invention (2010)
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, and Heather Graham
After 8 years in prison, inventor Robert Axle struggles to win over his estranged family and catch up on current technology as he works to once again become the king of the infomercial.
Big Eyes (2014)
Starring: Amy Adams
A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Flash of Genius (2008)
Staring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Graham
Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.
Almost Famous (2000)
William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.
Dark Mind (2006)
Paul, an optimistic inventor, turns into a recluse after facing a brutal betrayal. Convinced that Russians are spying on him, he struggles to protect his greatest invention: The Cube. When an accident thrusts him into the spotlight, his sense of reality is threatened and his world becomes twisted beyond recognition.
The Social Network (2010)
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Will your movie night include your own kids, relatives, or kids you are watching? Maybe you want to watch a few of these classics:
Flubber, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Big Hero 6, Willy Wanka and the Chocolate Factory, Meet the Robinsons, Robots, Iron Man, Honey I Shrunk The Kids films, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Absent-Minded Professor, and the Back to the Future films.
At Mohr IP Law, we have clients that may or may not inspire films. One thing for sure is that everyone we meet has a story and an idea. And our clients are all stars. Watch a few of these films, let the creative juices flow, and contact us when you are ready to “Let your ideas take flight.” Grab your popcorn and your note-pad!