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Digital Content Producers (Still) Lack Antitrust Standing to Sue Wireless Carriers Over MMS

In a prior post, I covered the district court’s decision in Davis v. AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. There, the Central District of California dismissed antitrust claims against various wireless telephone companies and other...more

IP Decisions Abound at the Supreme Court in Spring 2014

After leaving the realm of intellectual property law alone for decades, and allowing the Federal Circuit 25 years of mostly undisturbed jurisprudence, the United States Supreme Court has strongly reestablished its presence...more

In for a Penny, in for a Pound

It is generally known that those who infringe a patent are liable for committing the act of infringement. In the vast majority of cases this is the person who produces patent-infringing goods or sells or uses a patented...more

YourBrand.sucks: Trademark Protection and the New gTLD Designations

Little more than a predatory shakedown scheme” to “enrich the domain name industry rather than benefit the broader community of Internet users.” That was how West Virginia Senator John Rockefeller described the potential...more

Icann's Trademark Clearinghouse: Keeping Cyber Squatters at Bay?

Expansion of the domain name system - ICANN (the organisation that coordinates internet domain names) is in the process of expanding the domain name system by introducing hundreds of new global Top Level Domains...more

Aesthetic Functionality in the TTAB since Louboutin

The doctrine of aesthetic functionality was revived in the recent Louboutin case to protect the competitive need to use color to communicate a particular message. In that case, Christian Louboutin S.A. tried to enforce its...more

Tarantino’s “Hateful” Revenge: Director Pursues Copyright Claim Over Hyperlink To Leaked Script

Quentin Tarantino probably wasn’t offended when the Hollywood gossip website Defamer, owned by Gawker Media LLC, compared him to a petulant child and accused him of throwing a “temper tantrum.” After all, the colorful...more

California Federal Court Finds that the First Amendment Does Not Preclude Sporting Event Participants from Asserting...

On April 11, 2014, a California federal court issued a First Amendment ruling that has potentially significant implications for broadcasters in the sports-media industry. Specifically, the Northern District of California’s...more

Risks Of Tribute Advertisements Are Focus Of Seventh Circuit Decision

Think the First Amendment protects your business from liability for running an ad congratulating a celebrity or other public figure? Better think again. ...more

Infographic: The Use Of Images From The Web On Your Site, Newspaper Or Broadcast

We created this infographic for some of our media clients to give them a one-page cheat sheet on the analysis they need to do when trying to decide whether they can use an image from the internet in a pinch....more

Beretta, (No) Thank You Very Much . . . .

Apparently Elvis Presley was a well-known Beretta gun owner during his life, so I suppose his lips might have uttered the words “Beretta, thank you very much.” The King’s estate, however, isn’t thankful about an Elvis-themed...more

ICANN’t: U.S. to Transition Oversight of ICANN

The U.S. Commerce Department recently announced its plan to transition oversight of the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages Internet domain names and addresses, to a...more

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie

“Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the shot using his Samsung smartphone during a visit to the...more

Bill C-31 Proposes Major Changes to Canada's Trade-marks Act

The Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No.1. Bill C-31 is an omnibus bill which makes changes to nearly 40 different pieces of legislation. Among these amendments are changes...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 2 - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations - Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass) - U.S. Courts’ Evolving Approaches to...more

T-12 Entertainment Speaks Up in Trademark Complaint Over Use of "I Plead the 5th" Mark

On March 24, 2014, T-12 Entertainment, LLC and Kareem Hawthorne, both of Georgia (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), filed a complaint against Young Kings Enterprises, Inc., Ego Entertainment, LLC., Troy Williams, Anthony Adighibe,...more

Pick Your Passion: State’s Trademark May Be Used To Criticize Its Governor

In Dardenne v. MoveOn.org, the Middle Louisiana Federal District Court faced a conflict between trademark protection, on the one hand, and the First Amendment’s protection of political advocacy, on the other. The Court...more

Why “Hours of Energy Now”?

Tim, after shopping at Costco over the weekend, the reason why the 5-Hour Energy folks seem so interested in owning “Hours of Energy Now” became more apparent...more

Hours of Energy, But No Trademark Registration

The energy drink businesses is big, big business. From Red Bull and Monster to that strange 35 ounce purple can that you saw in a gas station once, consumers love energy drinks. Along with Red Bull and Monster, 5-Hour Energy...more

Calling Non-Traditional Trademarks By Name

Things that are worth talking about need names. Good, distinctive names are best. As you may recall, last year we wrote this about non-verbal logos needing names...more

Consider Design Patents as One Mode of Protection for Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL...more

Football rights guidelines approved by Agcom!

Further to the preliminary inquiry carried out by the Italian Communication Authority (Agcom) with operators holding a direct interest in the sale of media rights for the Italian football seasons (as discussed here),...more

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., Et Al., v. Aereo, Inc., F/K/A Bamboom Labs, Inc.

Brief Of Dish Network L.L.C. And Echostar Technologies L.L.C. As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent (April 2, 2014)

INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE - This amicus curiae brief is filed on behalf of DISH Network L.L.C. (“DISH”) and EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. (“EchoStar”). Since its founding in the early 1980s, DISH has reinvented the...more

Antennas, Broadcasting, and Copyright: The Supreme Court’s Review of ABC v. Aereo

US law provides copyright owners with a bundle of rights to protect their original works, including the exclusive right to publicly perform the copyrighted work. The question of what constitutes a public performance has...more

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