Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


David P. Brooks


This article examines recent cases dealing with insurance coverage for intellectual property matters. State and Federal courts in California have recently held that companies that purchase comprehensive general liability insurance policies may be entitled to coverage under the "advertising injury" clause for claims involving unfair competition, copyright infringement, patent infringement, and possibly even trademark infringement. The article examines common insurance policy forms and concludes that advertising injury coverage should be made available to policyholders on a broader scale.