Ep #1: It's an IP Jungle Out There - How Trademarks Brought Down the Self-Proclaimed King of Tigers
In this episode, Michael and John skip the well-traveled discussion of intrigue and innuendo and focus on the intellectual property issues that eventually led to Joe Maldonado-Passage (self-proclaimed “Joe Exotic”) losing control of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (a.k.a. the G. W. Zoo).
01:30 Premise of the G. W. Zoo documentary series and the Intellectual Property issues
03:30 Understanding Trademarks
07:30 Precursor to G. W. Zoo’s Downfall
11:06 Explanation of “Likelihood of Confusion” test for Trademark Infringement
15:01 Discussion of Trademark Disclaimers
17:13 G. W. Zoo’s Actual Course of Action
18:03 Big Cat Rescue Trademark Infringement Lawsuit
19:55 Results/Outcomes of Lawsuit
22:21 Viral Trademarks
*Volpe Koenig is not affiliated or associated with Netflix, “Tiger King,” Joe Exotic, G. W. Zoo, or Big Cat Rescue.