by Jonathan Vatner | March 01, 2010
A gold statue that is not an oscar



People love Oscar parties, whether as a theme party for an awards ceremony or as an event held on the big night, March 7 this year. But the Academy Awards is very strict about protecting its trademark. To avoid litigation, don't use the terms "Oscar" or "Academy Awards," and find statuettes (such the one pictured) that have the elbows out or the arms up, breaking the silhouette of the body. If in doubt, check with an intellectual-property lawyer, says Bernie Gaps, president of Absolutely Fabulous! Events and Productions in Costa Mesa, Calif.