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Intent To Use – It’s Not The Thought That Counts

Bona fide intent, the sine qua non of non-use trademark applications, was given new meaning by the TTAB in a decision released unpublished February 21, 2014 but redesignated as precedent on March 26, 2014, thus placing at...more

4/14/2014 - Intent-to-Use Madrid Protocol Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks USPTO

The DMCA: Seeking Safe Harbor in a Sea of Troubles

Détente can be a beautiful thing. However, as demonstrated by the recent settlement agreement between Mega-media giants Google and Viacom, achieving it can be very expensive. In 2007, Viacom filed suit against YouTube...more

4/1/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement DMCA Google Safe Harbors Viacom v YouTube YouTube

BONDing With NPE's - The requirement for security for costs or expenses under Section 1030 of the California Code of Civil...

A little used and often overlooked provision of the California Code of Civil Procedure recently played an important role in three recent cases brought by AF Holdings LLC, a foreign entity formed under the laws of the...more

4/1/2013 - BitTorrent Bonds Copyright Infringement Non-Practicing Entities

Thin Copyrights - Protected But Not Infringed

Some appellate decisions are worth examining because they plow new ground. Others serve to explain the ground that was plowed. This decision – dealing with substantial similarity (or lack thereof) between two sets of stick...more

1/28/2013 - Copyright Infringement Stick Figures Substantially Similar Thin Copyrights

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