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Supreme Court Holds That TTAB Rulings Can Have Preclusive Effect in Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, ruling that decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on “likelihood of confusion” in trademark opposition proceedings can...more

Trademark Review | March 2015

Registration Cancelled Where Services Related to Mark Not Provided - Playdom, Inc. filed a petition to cancel Couture’s mark, arguing that the registration was void because Couture did not use the mark in commerce as of...more

Supreme Court: An Administrative Ruling on Confusion Can Be the Last Word in Trademark Litigation

Trademark disputes often focus on whether two marks create a “likelihood of confusion” with one another. That issue can come up before a court considering trademark infringement; before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

Supreme Court Seals Tight a TTAB Decision

In a recent case that will raise the stakes for companies involved in contentious administrative trademark proceedings, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the administrative tribunal, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

Avoiding Preservation Pitfalls When Using Electronic Evidence

Practitioners should not be afraid to use the electronic format of evidence in their cases.  Electronic evidence is often more convenient and effective than its tangible counterpart.  At the same time, however, counsel ...more

Use Wayback Machine with Caution: PTAB Excludes Website Printouts from Wayback Machine

In a decision on the patent owner’s motion to exclude evidence, the PTAB excluded certain website printouts from the Wayback Machine as lacking authentication. ...more

Placement of Checkbox Can Make or Break a Clickwrap Agreement

The enforceability of a wrap agreement (browsewrap, clickwrap and shrinkwrap) can often turn on what to the untrained eye may be mere minutiae. Such minutiae can include the nuances of the design of a website. For example, in...more

Certification of Minor Class Could Have Major Impact on Facebook

Plaintiffs, two minors who used their parents’ money to make purchases on Facebook without parental consent, brought a putative class action against the company, alleging its policy of representing purchases as non-refundable...more

TTAB Decisions Can Preclude Court Determinations Of Likelihood Of Confusion In Infringement Cases

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., holding that a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) decision on likelihood of confusion for purposes of...more

B&B Hardware: Sometimes, Not Always, Not Never

The Supreme Court issued its second trademark ruling of the term on Tuesday, ruling that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” sometimes can be precluded by earlier rulings about trademark registrability issued...more

County's Decision to Reject Controversial Ad Did Not Violate the First Amendment

Rejecting a First Amendment challenge, a county can choose to not run an advertisement on its own bus system if it might cause vandalism and violence, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held this week. The court...more

To File or Not to File (Before the TTAB) – Supreme Court Holds TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

In its second trademark decision this term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) relating to whether there is a “likelihood of confusion” between trademarks can...more

Supreme Court Trademark Decision - TTAB Findings Can Be Binding in Court Cases

TTAB Registration Decisions May Have Issue Preclusion Effect - On March 24, 2015, in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supreme Court raised the stakes and importance of decisions by the Trademark...more

Supreme Court: TTAB Proceedings Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held in B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries that likelihood-of-confusion decisions by the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) can have preclusive...more

Alert: Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Board Rulings on Confusion May Bind Later Infringement Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") decisions on likelihood of confusion in disputes over registration may preclude relitigation of the issue in a later suit for trademark...more

Supreme Court Decides B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court decided B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352. The question was whether issue preclusion (collateral estoppel) can apply to decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal...more

Too Much Information – Eleventh Circuit’s Review of Ellis May Define “Personally Identifiable Information” for Cell Phone Users

On March 2, 2015, The Cartoon Network Inc. (“Cartoon Network”) filed its response brief in Mark Ellis v. Cartoon Network Inc., asking the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the district court’s dismissal of the...more

SCOTUS Decision in B&B Hardware Has Significant Implications for TM Applicants (and Owners)

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States held, in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc., that administrative proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and...more

B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries: Key Decision on Preclusion Decided Today

The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) ruling on likelihood of confusion can preclude later litigation on the same issue in federal courts. This highly anticipated...more

New Guidance in Colorado on Rules of Evidence for Social Media

When litigating cases in court, lawyers must follow formal rules of evidence. In 1965, Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court started developing what would eventually become formal Rules of Evidence. The...more

California Appellate Court Takes on Proposition 65 Warning Triggers

Auburn Courthouse Prop 65Recent attempts to modify California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65, have been the work of the California Legislature. (See A Sane Tweak To Proposition 65 and...more

Appellate Court Gets It Right: Realistic Product Use Data Can Be Used by Businesses to Defend Lawsuits

California’s First District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous and potentially far-reaching and precedent-setting decision on March 17, 2015, siding with businesses in our defeat of a lawsuit that sought to require cancer and...more

Another Invalidated Clickwrap Agreement

The foremost case dealing with whether “wrap agreements” (e.g. clickwrap, shrinkwrap and browsewrap) are legal is almost 13 years old. See Specht v. Netscape Commc’ns Corp., 306 F.3d 17 (2d Cir. 2002). And yet, a new case...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #3

Response To FCC’s New Net Neutrality Regs Anything But Neutral - In a split vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved a new net neutrality measure that would ban fast lanes and re-label broadband as a...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Tito’s Case to Move Forward — Court Denies Motion to Dismiss

On March 18, 2015, a federal judge in San Diego issued an eagerly anticipated ruling on the motion to dismiss filed by Fifth Generation, Inc. (the producer of Tito’s Handmade Vodka), effectively denying Tito’s motion to...more

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