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US Patent and Trademark Office Considering Proposal to Allow Amendments to Trademark Identifications Due to Technological Changes

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently considering a proposal to allow amendments to the identifications of goods/services in a trademark registration because of technological changes in how the...more

Ownership of Photograph by Employee

While our last post dealt with the creation of photographs and other works of authorship by primates, robots and divine beings, this story is a little more grounded in facts that you might see in the average work...more

Recent Developments In Information Technology Law – Third Quarter 2014

The 2013-14 term of the Supreme Court ended with multiple decisions on intellectual property issues. Over the past few months, the Court issued a number of patent law related opinions covering ground from claim...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property: There are a variety of laws dealing with the protection of intellectual property (IP) in Australia. These laws provide for the creation of legal rights to the exclusive use or ownership of...more

Honey Badger Don’t Care, but the Owner of the Trademark Rights Do Care

We truly live in an amazing time, where nearly any person with access to a computer can obtain a nearly infinite amount of knowledge, create and distribute ideas and works of art to the entire world. Also, there are lots of...more

She Liked It. She Really, Really Liked It: Federal District Court Holds Facebook Fan Page Manager Doesn’t Own “Likes”

A federal district court broke new social media law ground in August 2014 when it held in favor of the cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) in a suit brought by the founder of an unofficial Facebook fan page for...more

Fox News v. TVEyes Copyright Fair Use Decision: A Quick Read for the Busy Practitioner

Last week, Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York issued his opinion Fox News v. TVEyes. Fox News claimed that TVEyes’ media monitoring service was copyright infringement. TVEyes argued that it was fair...more

Lawyers for multiple small companies have accused search engine giant Google Inc. of stealing from their clients’ trade secrets

In the past lawyers for multiple small companies have accused search engine giant Google Inc. of stealing and profiting from their clients’ trade secrets. In the case of VSL Communications, their lawyers claim that Google did...more

Protecting Your Trademark in the United States

Protection Mechanisms in the United States. After selecting your mark, the next step is to decide how to protect it. In the United States, there are three basic types of trademark protection: (1) common-law, (2) state...more

Proper Trademark Selection to Create a Strong Brand

What a Trademark is and What it Does. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device, or combination thereof, used to identify and distinguish the goods (i.e., products) of one supplier from those of others. A...more

Guidelines to Avoid False Advertising

When making an advertisement, what is okay? • Identifying a competitor’s product in the advertisement to make a true comparison • Making a true statement about your product or a competitor’s product that is...more

Maintaining Strong Trademark Rights

I. Determining the Strength of Your Mark. The strength, or scope, of a trademark as used in the marketplace is determined by a multi-factored analysis called the likelihood of confusion test, and the scope can differ...more

Python Safety Files Trade Dress and Patent infringement Complaint Against Ty-Flot

On June 18, 2014, Python Safety, Inc. (“Python”), of Woodstock, GA filed a complaint against Ty-Flot, Inc. (“Ty-Flot”), of Manchester, NH, alleging federal trade dress infringement and unfair competition, infringement of US...more

Wikimedia Makes Monkey Out Of Photographer (Or Is It Vice Versa?)

Last month, Wikimedia (the operator of Wikipedia) again refused the request of British photographer David Slater to remove a picture of a monkey from the Wikimedia Commons database of publicly available photographs....more

(Subway) Eat Flesh, An Effective Parody?

This past weekend one of my sons said, “Dad, I have a good blog topic for you.” After he explained, it was clear, yes, son you do! So, he sent me the photo to the left. It is one that he recently snapped at a place that sells...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #4

..Disappearing ink. Facebook is testing, for a small group of users, a feature that will permit a user to schedule a post for automatic deletion after a specified period of time. It seems that the period can range from an...more

I Want My Selfie Back!!!

Over the last week, several high profile celebrities (e.g., Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton) have reportedly become the latest victims of internet privacy rights violations. In those cases, hackers supposedly obtained...more

The Alice Guidance Categories of Potential Abstract Ideas

The Alice Guidance lists four example categories of abstract ideas: - fundamental economic practices - methods of organizing human activities - an idea of itself (sic), and - mathematical...more

New copyright compendium provides some answers for website owners

If you are looking for answers to copyright questions, the Copyright Office’s newly issued 1,222-page “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices” might seem like a good resource. The book, issued on August 19, 2014, to...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #2

Lawsuit panned by Court. The popular ratings app Yelp has been cleared by a federal appeals court of allegations in a class action lawsuit that the company extorted advertising dollars from businesses by threatening to remove...more

Still laughing? The CJEU hands down final judgment in Deckmyn parody case

Following on from the Advocate General’s opinion in the case of Johan Deckmyn [C-201/13], the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its full judgment in the case on 3rd September 2014. The ruling confirms...more

Why FLYING MONKEY WINE Never Got Off the Ground

Continuing our primate theme for this month's newsletter, we thought this would be as good a time as any to remind our readers as to the important distinction between copyrighted artistic works, and use of elements from those...more

Is Deadmau5 a Dead Mouse?

With the NFL season in full swing and my fantasy football league thus far undefeated, as well as some really interesting tech stuff on fashion week, I really wanted to focus on something fascinating and fun on this...more

Generic Top Level Domains - Current Sunrise Periods Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our...more

The Supreme Court Resolves a Circuit Split Regarding Standing to Sue for False Advertising Under the Lanham Act

In Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc. (March 25, 2014), the Supreme Court unanimously held that "to invoke the Lanham Act’s cause of action for false advertising, a plaintiff must plead (and ultimately...more

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