Robert Van Arnam

Robert Van Arnam

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Do You Know Your IP Rights In Your Imagery and Other Data Products?

Two recent court cases highlight the need for businesses to carefully consider the intellectual property rights associated with building data products and services. This issue is of growing importance as companies...more

10/2/2015 - Conversion Copyright Copyright Infringement Data Collection Digital Assets Drones Google Mobile Apps Photographs Software Unmanned Aircraft Systems

In FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide, Third Circuit Upholds FTC Authority to Enforce Flawed Cybersecurity Measures

In a much anticipated decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce actions against companies who have been subject to a data breach. The FTC sued...more

9/1/2015 - Appeals Best Practices Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement Authority FTC FTC v Wyndham Hotels Popular Risk Mitigation Section 5 Security and Privacy Controls Wyndham

Cybersecurity Standards Apply to Thee, Not Me

“If there is anyone to blame, it is the perpetrators,” said Katherine Archuleta, Director of the federal Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”), to a Senate panel investigating the causes of the recent OPM cyberattack. ...more

7/1/2015 - Congressional Investigations & Hearings Cybersecurity Data Breach Encryption FTCA Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Section 5

Fourth Circuit Cleans Up Damages Award in Paper Towel Dispute and Sets Standard for the Award of Fees in Trademark Cases

In Georgia-Pac. Consumer Products LP v. von Drehle Corp., ___ F.3d ___, 2015 WL 1404765 (4th Cir. Mar. 30, 2015), as amended (Apr. 15, 2015), the Fourth Circuit reversed a damages award and clarified the standard for damages...more

4/29/2015 - Appeals Damages Exceptional Case Georgia Pacific Popular Trademark Infringement Trademark Litigation Trademarks

Clearing Up the Confusion as to Preclusion: Supreme Court’s Trademark Ruling Gives Deference to the Trademark Trial and Appeal...

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., 575 U.S. _____ (2015). The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” can be precluded by earlier findings on the same...more

3/30/2015 - B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries Issue Preclusion Likelihood of Confusion Popular SCOTUS Trademark Infringement Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Claims Under The Lanham Act

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, in the case of Lexmark Int'l, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc., ___ S.Ct. ___, Case 12-873 (Mar. 25, 2014), settled an open issue regarding the relevant test for...more

3/28/2014 - False Advertising Lanham Act Lexmark Lexmark v Static Control Components SCOTUS

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