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Free Speech Protects Disparaging Trademarks: Band's Trademark Case May Be Good News for Football's Redskins

The U.S. Supreme Court held today that the "disparagement clause" of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional, a decision that likely settles the question of whether the Redskins football team's trademarks are registrable amidst...more

Dreaming Big: Broad Trademark Protection Requires an Actual Bona Fide Intent to Use

Trademark owners applying for “intent to use” applications risk loss of trademark rights if the identification of goods services in the intent to use application is broader than the actual intended use of the mark. Brand...more

Advertising and Fair Use of Trademark: Oprah's Aha! Moment

On September 16, 2016, the Second Circuit cleared Oprah Winfrey's company and magazine of charges that their use of the phrase "Own Your Power" infringed a motivational speaker's trademark rights. The judges said that despite...more

Dietary Supplements and Class Actions: Getting Schooled in California

Three cases pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals may help resolve splits in the district courts over (1) defining an appropriate class of plaintiffs ("ascertainability") and (2) the propriety of awarding class-wide...more

Will Your EU Registrations Be Invalidated by the New Law?

On December 15, 2015, following several years of negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union approved a new EU Trade Mark Directive as well as a new Trade Mark Regulation....more

The New Cuba Reality and Your Intellectual Property

With the recent changes to the Cuba-U.S. relationship, certain aspects of the Cuban economy are opening up to U.S. companies. You may now be contemplating joining other businesses that are or will be selling or manufacturing...more

The New China and Your Company's Intellectual Property

The Chinese economy has changed dramatically in the past two, five, and even 20 years, but its intellectual property (IP) laws have only very recently developed to somewhat better deal with the new reality. The new Chinese...more

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