Makalika Naholowaa

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On World IP Day, Celebrate Native Hawaiian & Other Indigenous Peoples’ IP Rights

By Makalika Naholowa’a, Executive Director April 26th marks World Intellectual Property Day. Intellectual property (“IP”) law creates intangible assets from inventions, creative expressions, trade identifiers like brand names and logos, and trade secrets. IP rules in the United States (“US”) have pre-colonial roots going back centuries in the British Isles and Europe.  As colonists from those societies established the US, they contemplated the recognition of intellectual property at the outset with specific reference in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution, referred to by various names including the Intellectual Property Clause.    IP has evolved into a complex legal ...

April 26, 2024|Categories: Intellectual and Cultural Property|Tags: |

NHLC Executive Director contributes to NaHHA’s Ka Huina 2023 Intellectual and Cultural Property Panel

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation’s Executive Director, Makalika Naholowaʻa, was a part of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association’s (NaHHA) fifth annual Ka Huina convention as a panelist on cultural intellectual property. Moderated by Hawaii Representative Darius Kila, Naholowaʻa joined Breann Huʻuhiwa of Dentons International Law and Zachary Lum of Kāhuli Leo Leʻa to discuss the ARTIST Act, cultural intellectual property, and regenerative tourism.  Currently, Native Hawaiian artisans are not protected under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA). The ARTIST Act being considered by Congress would change that, among other amendments to the IACA.   In this talk, Naholowaʻa, Huʻuhiwa and Lum ...

November 21, 2023|Categories: Intellectual and Cultural Property, NHLC News|Tags: |

Ask NHLC: What are the legal rules for using Hawaiian names in business?

What are the legal rules for using Hawaiian names in business? Can businesses that are not Hawaiian own Hawaiian names? Can businesses that use Hawaiian names stop Hawaiians from using those Hawaiian words? By Makalika Naholowaa, Executive Director Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation State and federal law allow businesses to use and own business and product names incorporating ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi as tradenames and trademarks. There is no requirement for the business to be owned or led by kānaka, for any consultation with or consent from members of the Hawaiian community, nor is there a requirement that the company or its ...

November 8, 2023|Categories: Ask NHLC, Intellectual and Cultural Property|Tags: |
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