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The Turn of the “Made in America” Claim Enforcement

It has recently been reported by Reuters that President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting...more

DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council. ...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...more

Searches of Devices at the U.S. Border

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although longstanding policy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorizes searches of electronic devices in the possession of travelers arriving in the United States, recent reports of such searches...more

Advertising Law - January 2017 #2

SPECIAL FOCUS: Ohlhausen Named Acting Chair of FTC - On January 24, 2017, President Donald Trump designated Maureen Ohlhausen as acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission. Ohlhausen, a Republican, has been...more

2017: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions and predictions. We won’t bother Socially Aware readers with our resolutions for 2017, but we thought that we would share some predictions for the new year from our...more

Losing Control of V

A common client question is: “Can I ‘get in trouble’ for copying a picture, drawing, or cartoon and pasting it into my report, PowerPoint, etc.?” Before you can answer, they try to answer their own question, adding “Everyone...more

Hillary Clinton's IP Litigation Experience

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Many people are surprised to learn that Hillary Clinton was an intellectual property attorney when she practiced law from 1977-1992 for the Rose Law Firm. While the New York Times has reported that former colleagues cannot...more

Political campaigns face copyright and robocall liabilities

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Though it seems to come as a surprise to many of them, politicians — even presidential candidates — have to live with the same intellectual property and communications laws that bedevil the rest of us....more

The Federal Trademark Statute Assumes Hillary Can’t Win

Today’s example of unintentional sexism comes to us from Section 2(c) of the Lanham Act. On its face, the language of the statute assumes that someone other than Hillary will win the 2016 presidential election – and it won’t...more

Melania Trump’s RNC Speech: Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement, or Both?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, delivered a speech from the convention floor in support of Trump’s nomination. The speech was infused with rhetoric about such things...more

Campaign IP Violations Part 3 – Huckabee’s Campaign Pays Up

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December, we told you about Mike Huckabee’s campaign getting sued for copyright infringement for using “Eye of the Tiger” without permission at a rally supporting Kim Davis, the Tennessee clerk that refused to issue...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1152

by Dentons on

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Heritage and Culture - Ministerial Decision No. 136/2016 Determining the fees for visiting museums affiliated to the Ministry of Heritage and Culture....more

Brexit: IP Considerations in Light of the UK’s Vote to Leave the EU

by Morgan Lewis on

While the “Leave” result of the June 23 referendum will not have an immediate impact on intellectual property, the eventual British exit (“Brexit”) from the European Union could have long-term implications for IP protection...more

MarkIt to MarketTM -- Special Brexit Edition

Brexit - What You Need to Know Today - 1. No immediate change: The UK's vote last week to leave the EU after 43 years marks the beginning of a legal procedure whereby the UK may start the formal process of withdrawing...more

BREXIT Causes Uncertainty in UK Trademark Protection

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union may have far reaching consequences for immigration and trade and it will have an impact on trademark rights as well. For those trademark owners who have sought to...more

Sign O’ the Times: the Right of Publicity Comes to Minnesota

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The ability to control the use of one’s name, likeness, voice, and other personal attributes is known as the right of publicity. Unlike trademarks, patents, and copyrights, which are types of intellectual property governed...more

What You Need to Know About the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

President Obama is expected to sign the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which was passed by Congress at the end of April 2016. This law could impact your property protection, litigation and employment law strategies....more

Campaign IP Violations Part 2 – Trump Sued for Copyright Infringement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December, we blogged about the unauthorized use of copyrighted songs by political campaigns. Well, those campaigns should also double check the images they are using. Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. was sued in federal...more

The Battle over Havana Club Rum Resumes

The long and complicated battle over the Havana Club brand of rum continues, as recent action by the US government demonstrates a departure from long-standing policy against registration of confiscated trademarks — in this...more

EU Trademark Registrations Covering Class Headings May Require Amendments before September 24, 2016

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

The European Union has recently amended its trademark law which may impact the protection given by European Union Trademarks (formerly known as Community Trademarks). These reforms will also cover EU designations of...more

Why President Lincoln Put the Civil War on Hold to Extend Copyright Protection to Photographs

We’ve taken advantage of past Presidents Days to recount George Washington’s role in the history of U.S. Copyright law, specifically the birth of fair use. That role was not insubstantial, but it was posthumous and,...more

Presidential Campaigns Using Songs Without Permission Hit a Sour Note

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is “Not Gonna Take It”. He recently received permission from Dee Snider to use Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in his campaign. Trump sought permission after...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - September/October 2015

by King & Spalding on

PTAB Update on Inter Partes Review - On August 19, 2015, the Director of the USPTO released a blog post reporting on the state of post-grant review proceedings created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and...more

The New Cuba Reality and Your Intellectual Property

by Baker Donelson on

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

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