Intellectual Property

Brian Ansell, Pam Mulligan expand roles with County Bar Associations

On May 26th AGA Partner Brian E. Ansell will be installed as First Vice President of the Monmouth County Bar Association. AGA Counsel Pamela A. Mulligan will be installed as President of the Burlington County Bar Foundation and as Treasurer of the Burlington County Bar Association on June 3rd.

Mr. Ansell, based in the firm’s Ocean Township office, has been very active with the Monmouth County Bar Association and has been a trustee since 2008 and officer of the Monmouth County Bar Association since 2012. Mr. Ansell focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal defense, municipal court, DWI defense, as well as general civil, criminal and chancery litigation including litigation related to wills and estates. Mr. Ansell is Chair of the Civil Practice, Judicial Appointments and Municipal Court Committees and has served on multiple other committees throughout his tenure with the Monmouth County Bar Association. Mr. Ansell’s installation will take place at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Ms. Mulligan currently serves as Secretary for the Burlington County Bar Association and Treasurer of the Burlington County Bar Foundation and has been active with the Burlington County Bar Association and Foundation since 2007. In 2011 Ms. Mulligan was awarded the Robert W. Criscuolo Award from the Burlington County Bar Association for her contributions to the Association and to the Community. Ms. Mulligan is currently the Chair of the Corporate Networking Committee and a member of the Due Diligence, Debtor/Creditor/Bankruptcy, Budget & Finance, CLE, and Women in the Profession Committees. Ms. Mulligan was previously co-chair of the Debtor/Creditor/Bankruptcy and Young Lawyers Committees. She has presented CLEs for the Bar Association on the topics of Bankruptcy and Foreclosure and has moderated other seminars for the Bar Association. Ms. Mulligan focuses her practice in the areas of real estate, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and intellectual property limited to copyright and trademark. Ms. Mulligan’s installation will take place at Kings Grant Community Center in Marlton, New Jersey.

Mr. Ansell may be reached via email at or via his direct line at 732-643-5230.

Ms. Mulligan may be reached via email at or via her direct line at 609-557-1045


Gaye family wins latest round in “Blurred Lines” battle

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been denied a new trial in their battle with the family of late singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye over their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines”. Earlier this year a jury awarded Gaye’s children $7.4 million in compensation and damages for copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up”.

Thicke and Williams argued that while the songs were written in the same style, they were musically distinct enough that the copyright of the previous song was not violated. In March, a Los Angeles jury disagreed and that decision was appealed. In the most recent decision the $7.4 million award was reduced to $5.3 million and the parties held responsible for the infringement have been expanded from Thicke and Williams to include rapper TI (Clifford Harris Jr.), who collaborated on the song, and the record labels involved in the distribution of the song, UMG Recordings, Interscope and Star Trak Entertainment.

Also as part of the decision, Gaye’s family will receive an ongoing royalty rate of 50% of songwriter and publishing revenues however their request for an injunction was denied.

This latest decision, rendered by United States District Court Judge John A. Kronstadt, is expected to be appealed and perhaps further clarity will be gained as to the difference between musical inspiration and infringement of a copyright.

The most recent decision in the case, Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., et al, can be found here:


AG&A handles the consultation on and registration of copyrights for further information, contact Pamela A. Mulligan, Esquire .

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