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December 31st Deadline for DMCA/OCILLA Designated Agent Renewal Approaching

The U.S. Copyright Office has implemented a new electronic system for registering agents designated to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement, under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act...more

Utility Patents in Fashion Design? Nike & Huzu Innovate The Way

by Knobbe Martens on

Edited by Catherine Holland   What is a Utility Patent? Utility patents cover a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.  Design patents are much more common in the fashion industry since design...more

Worried About Fake News? You Should Really Worry About Fake Drugs

While the concept of “fake news” continues to trigger Twitter followers and grab headlines, the trade in counterfeit drugs is a worldwide problem of significant scale. This article discusses the problem and talks about some...more

Opening the door for product placement in Hong Kong?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 4 September 2017, the Communications Authority of Hong Kong (“CA“) announced that it will review the relevant provisions in the codes of practice governing indirect advertising and product/service sponsorship (commonly...more

General Mills Finds Out That Yellow Is Not “Magically Delicious”: Brands Fighting To Protect Their True Colors

by Knobbe Martens on

Years after the Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent battle over red soled shoes, trademark protection for color continues to be a hot topic. On August 22, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) held that...more

The Threat Of Counterfeits Via Social Media Drives Major Investigation From British Government

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On September 4, 2017, the British government released a detailed study that investigated the impact of social media on counterfeit trade. The report highlights the complexity of trying to quantify recent levels of...more

9th Circuit’s VidAngel decision vindicates lawful video filtering service

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, decided August 24 by the 9th Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy”; the movie studios’ collective effort to kill filtering. This is far from the truth....more

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Abbott Nutrition did something unique. It added a new ingredient to its Similac Pro-Advance and Pro-Sensitive infant formulas that, until now, had only been available in human breast milk: 2’-fucosyllactose human milk...more

Your Digital Millennium Copyright Registration May Be About To Expire

Last November, we wrote about the Copyright Office’s decision to ditch its paper registration system for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) safe harbor and start a new online system completely from scratch. If you...more

Legal Issues For Creating And Maintaining Your Website

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The reach and impact of the internet is well known and it provides a must-have medium to advertise, promote, and conduct business. Setting up and maintaining your website may seem like a relatively straightforward process,...more

The importance of intellectual property notices

by McAfee & Taft on

So you have a patent, trademark, or copyright that you want the public to know you have rights in? How do you provide such notice? The answer is marking your intellectual property (IP) with symbols such as Pat., Pat. Pending,...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now 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 contact us...more

Do I Need To Trademark Under State Law?

by Revision Legal on

Many are familiar with trademark registration under federal law. Some may not know that trademark registration is also available under state laws. In general, registering a trademark under state law is unnecessary, but there...more

Gavel to Gavel: Scandalous and immoral (trademarks)

by McAfee & Taft on

Since 1946, federal law has prohibited registration of scandalous, immoral and disparaging trademarks. This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court found the prohibition on disparaging trademarks to be unconstitutional, creating...more

Securus Technologies, Inc. vs. Global Tel*Link Corp. (PTAB 2017)

Telecommunication Call Processing System Held to Be Eligible for Covered Business Method (CBM) Patent Review - On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision...more

Life in the Lowercase Lane: Lessons for Trademark Owners About Genericide

Death by genericide is a painful way to go, for trademarks that is. When the public comes to think of a trademark as the common word for a product or service -- as opposed to identifying its exclusive source -- the trademark...more

SSAC gives the thumbs down to the use of emoji in domain names

by Hogan Lovells on

Emoji, the pictorial symbols typically presented in a colourful cartoon form, are nowadays being widely used on smartphones, in chat, in email applications and in social media. Their increasing popularity has prompted the...more

File Share Platforms and Business Risk

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The use of open file sharing platforms in business continues to increase in 2017; Dropbox alone has over 200,000 active business accounts. Unfortunately, the convenience of these platforms and the increase in use by...more

MarkIt to Market® - August 2017

The August 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses lessons for trademark owners about genericide, lists the new gTLD Sunrise periods, and upcoming speaking engagements. Please see full Newsletter below...more

The Washington Redskins Win Their Trademark Battle in Overtime

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Simon Tam of the Asian rock band, The Slants, probably was not envisioning an 8-year-long legal battle when he chose the group’s name. Slant is known as a racial slur for Asians. Tam hoped to strip the term of its derogatory...more

Zazzle Fizzles: Website Operator Denied Copyright Safe Harbor Protection for Its Sale of Physical Products Featuring...

We discussed last year the trend toward companies seeking to monetize user-generated content. A recent Central District of California decision in Greg Young Publishing, Inc. v. Zazzle, Inc. serves as an important reminder of...more

A Copyright Fable: Debunking The “Seven-Second Rule”

If you are a television news producer or documentary filmmaker, you have almost certainly faced this issue: You are putting together a story about a past event, and you want to make the point that this past event was once the...more

Red Wings vs Right Wings: Copyright Tarnishment and Other Lessons

by Revision Legal on

We wrote recently about our outrage at white nationalists modifying and using the Detroit Red Wing’s famous “winged wheel” logo. Our outrage continues and we take a closer look at the potential lawsuit that might be in order....more

Tatcha v. Too Faced: What Shade is your Trade Dress?

by Knobbe Martens on

Newcomer to the luxury cosmetics marketplace, Tatcha LLC (“Tatcha”), recently made a splash by filing a trade dress infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Too Faced Cosmetics LLC (“Too Faced”), a...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - August 2017

Data Breach Lawsuits Continue to Fill the Courts - Data breach litigation continues to fill the courts in all stages, with a new class action filed against Tempur Sealy International and the dismissal of a suit against...more

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