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MarkIt to Market® - November 2016

The November 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® includes practical tips for registering certification marks, a look at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's latest revisions to the Rules of Practice-its most...more

No Love for ♥ DC

In a case before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”), the Board cancelled and abandoned the trademark registration and trademark application for the I "Heart" DC marks owned by an individual, Jonathan A. Chien...more

Litigation Alert: The FCC Enforcement Bureau Advises That Text Message Senders Must Comply With the Telephone Consumer Protection...

On November 18, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory declaring that autodialed text messages, also known as robotexts, must comply with the requirements set forth in the...more

Will the D.C. Circuit Overturn Fax Opt-Out Requirement?

Though not as common as they once were, fax advertisements continue to be used in several industries, particularly healthcare, where providers and manufacturers rely on faxes to comply with regulatory obligations. Earlier...more

More Than Zero: Under the Lanham Act, One Interstate Sale Qualifies as Actual Use of a Trademark in Commerce

In 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected shoe manufacturer Adidas’s application to trademark the phrase “ADIZERO,” due to a likelihood of confusion with an existing mark: “ADD A ZERO,” a clothing trademark held...more

Back to Basics: Trademarks Part 4

What Happens After My Application is Filed? After your application is filed, you should receive an email from the USPTO confirming the submission. In a few business days, the USPTO will confirm the application has the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2016 #2

Four cities pass ballot measures to tax sugary drinks. Four US cities – San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, California and Boulder, Colorado – passed ballot initiatives on November 8 that will impose taxes on sugar-sweetened...more

Court of Appeals Holds Email Deliberations Among a “Quorum" of a Public Body Violates the Open Meetings Act

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that email deliberations among a quorum of public body members violates the Open Meetings Act. The Nov. 1, 2016, unpublished opinion was issued by a three-judge panel in the case of...more

CASL News: The CRTC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Implied Consent and the Assessment of Administrative Monetary Penalties

Although Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL or the Act) has been in force since July 1, 2014 and a number of substantial penalties have been imposed under its terms, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications...more

FDA Guidance on Evaporated Cane Juice Not So Sweet for Class-Action Defendants

In recent years, a boomlet of litigation – primarily in California – has arisen regarding the product known as “evaporated cane juice” or “ECJ.” The product – made by extracting fluid from crushed sugar cane, clarifying the...more

Broadband Networks: FCC Says “One-Touch” Ordinance Does Not Violate Federal Law

The FCC has advised a federal district court that the City of Louisville, Kentucky’s “one-touch” make-ready ordinance does not violate the pole attachment provisions of federal law. Companies seeking to build new...more

Your Trademark on Steroids - Making Your Trademark Registration Stronger

In our previous articles we discussed ways in which trademarks are maintained and protected through filings that are mandatory and which filings would result in abandonment or cancellation if not timely...more

New Copyright Office Electronic Registration System for DMCA Agents – Are You Ready?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) sets forth a mechanism through which online service providers can avail themselves of a safe harbor from copyright infringement liability by recording an agent with the Copyright...more

Appeal of Final Refusal Maintaining that Human Jewelry is “Closely Related” to Pet Accessories

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to reconsider its rejection of an application for the mark GEORGE in connection with watches, clocks, jewelry, and imitation jewelry in Class 14 (U.S....more

Extra, Extra, Read All About it, Newsgathering Drones Increasingly Hitting the Skies

Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started allowing commercial drone operations, media organizations have moved quickly to get their own newsgathering drones in the skies. Recently, Sinclair Broadcast Group...more

Lessons Learned: E-Learning Company Faces $50,000 Spam Fine

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued its first Compliance and Enforcement Decision* under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL).  The Commission confirmed the staff finding that Blackstone...more

"Private" E-mails and FOIA

Recent legal decisions continue to blur the line between private communications and public records, extending the reach of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Because of these shifts, proactive government officials are...more

When “Organic” is Not “Organic,” Even When the USDA Says It Is

Producers of agricultural products go to great lengths to achieve the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” label. Under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), organic certification is a complex time-consuming...more

What Happens When My Company Receives a National Security Letter? A Primer

Even today, most companies—even technology companies—do not think they have information that the U.S. Government wants or needs, particularly as it might relate to a national security investigation. The reality is that as...more

Newsgathering Drones Take Flight

The era of newsgathering drones is upon us. Since new Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing limited commercial operation of drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) weighing 55 lbs. or less took...more

PUT YOUR DOCS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM: Seattle Police Enjoined From Disclosing Software Secrets in Public Records Act Dispute

What happens when trade secret protections collide with laws granting public access to government records? This question took center stage in a recent case involving the Seattle Police Department (“SPD”). A federal district...more

A Step in the Right Direction: FDA Says It Will Refine Regulations on 'Healthy' Claims for Food

FDA recently announced that it will take a second look at its “healthy” regulations, and it is soliciting public comments on a dozen or so topics. Walk down any aisle at the grocery store and you will find foods...more

IP Newsletter - International transfers: Requirements for the obtainment of the Declaration of Conformity from the DPA

International data transfers under Colombia's Law 1581 of 2012 are allowed whenever (i) the data is transferred to third parties operating under adequate regulatory protection; (ii) the transfer is performed under consent of...more

Part III - TCPA: Legislative Updates - Interest Builds in Congress to Revisit the TCPA

Congressional Hearings on the TCPA - Both the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce Committee have shown interest in updating the TCPA by holding hearings on the law. On September 22nd, the House Energy...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - October 2016

FDA seeks public comment on possible revision of its definition of "healthy" on food labels. The FDA has begun an initiative to revisit its legal definition of "healthy" as used by manufacturers on food labels. In a September...more

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