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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

Red Wings vs Right Wings: Copyright Tarnishment and Other Lessons

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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

Coming Into Focus: Recent Decisions Help Define the Scope of Right of Publicity Claims

by Jackson Walker on

When it comes to the right of publicity, it helps to keep tabs on California law. The right to prevent the unauthorized commercial use of a person’s name, likeness or other indicia of identity may vary from state-to-state....more

Use It or Lose It; What Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Can Do To Protect Their Trademarks from Becoming Abandoned

by Mulcahy LLP on

Trademark abandonment can be an issue for breweries, wineries and distilleries who may offer certain products for limited periods of time or in discrete markets and then attempt to bring them back years later. Abandonment is...more

Is 2 seconds of television time too much to be a fair use?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a recent episode of "48 Hours," CBS displayed – for two seconds – a copyrighted photograph taken by Steven Hirsch. He sued for copyright infringement. A federal court in Manhattan denied CBS’s motion to dismiss, finding...more

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“Iron Mike” Tyson is a controversial sports figure who seems in equal parts loved and loathed by the public. Celebrated for a genuine world-class talent and derided for his behavior in and out of the ring, Tyson has a public...more

CGL Insurance Coverage for Advertising Injuries: Upping the Ante for IP Litigation

by Jones Day on

August 2017 In Short The Situation: Reversing a pair of federal district court rulings, the Fifth and Ninth Circuits have held that insurers must defend commercial general liability policyholders in advertising injuries...more

Judge Oetken Construes Twenty-Nine Claim Terms in “Relatively Large” Markman Opinion

On August 10, 2017, District Judge Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) construed 29 claim terms in a dispute between Defendant Comcast Corporation, et al. (“Comcast”) and Plaintiff Rovi Guides, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Rovi”). The...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant (Updated)

by Knobbe Martens on

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has awarded Tiffany & Co. $11.1 million in treble profits and $8.25 million in punitive damages. Judge Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Costco’s management “displayed...more

Commission Overturns Summary Determination in Optical Fibers Investigation

by Jones Day on

In an earlier post, we summarized ALJ McNamara’s recent Summary Determination in Certain UV Curable Coatings For Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, And Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1031, Order No. 33 (July 6,...more

Judge Oetken sua sponte Stays Case Pending Ex Parte Reexamination after Three Previous Denials

On August 2, 2017, Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) denied Plaintiff Infinity Headwear & Apparel, LLC’s (“Infinity”) motion for summary judgment as to patent infringement, false patent marking and false advertising and denied...more

Hutchinson Revisited Surname + Merely Descriptive Term May or May Not Be Registrable

In Earnhardt v. Kerry Earhhardt, Inc., [2016-1939] (July 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a TTAB decision dismissing Earnhardt’s opposition because it found that there was no likelihood of confusion between...more

Who Owns The Copyright In The Photograph That Launched A Thousand Pleadings?

Over a decade ago, a lawyer snapped a photograph of the Indianapolis skyline, thus opening the gates to perhaps the most prolific flood of copyright litigation in the history of Indiana. Over the last five years or so, this...more

Hide and Seek: Plaintiff Permitted to Subpoena Internet Service Provider to Identify Alleged Infringers

Recently, E.D.N.Y. Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold ordered that a third-party subpoena may be served upon an internet service provider (“ISP”) to identify information about network users who allegedly infringed copyrighted...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #3

Twitter Working to Limit Fake Stories, Accounts - In an effort to combat fake accounts, false stories and other abuses, Twitter is considering the use of a new feature to let users flag Tweets that contain misleading,...more

The Smartphone: A Treasure Trove of Evidence in Trade Secret Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It’s hard to believe the first smartphone was released over 20 years ago. At that time, few thought it would become such an integral part of our lives. Additionally, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and its...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #2

NAD Considers Grocery Store Claims, Including Jurisdiction Question - A grocery store chain should discontinue comparative pricing claims, the National Advertising Division recommended in a new decision, finding the...more

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: SCC Upholds Worldwide Injunction That Alters Google Search Results

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a novel injunction order against Google, requiring it to remove certain websites from worldwide search results. For litigants in Canadian courts, Google v. Equustek enlarges both the...more

Global injunctions available against search engines, rules Supreme Court of Canada

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The Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision on June 28, 2017 in which a broad worldwide injunction was upheld restraining Google from including certain websites in its search results anywhere in the world....more

Digital Media Technologies, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (N.D. Fla. 2017)

When a district court judge states that "[o]ne could say this case is about a patent that claims too much and a legal test that provides too little," it is not hard to guess which way the case is going to go (the patent gets...more

Procure and Enforce—Canada's Highest Court Hands IP Owners Two Wins in Three Days

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued two IP decisions in the span of three days—both of which spell victory for IP rights-holders. One case confirms the availability of a novel form of worldwide injunction where a non-party...more

Comcast Prevails in Part on Striking OpenTV Infringement Contentions

On June 19, 2017, Northern District of California Judge William Alsup granted-in-part and denied-in-part plaintiff Comcast Cable Communications, LLC’s (“Comcast”) motion to strike defendants OpenTV, Inc. and Nagravision SA’s...more

Google Escapes Genericide Claim in Ninth Circuit Decision

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit rejected a petition for cancellation of the GOOGLE trademark based on a “genericide” theory that claimed Google should lose its trademark protection because the word “google” has become...more

Three Point Shot - June 2017

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"12th Man" Suit Forces Aggies to Call an Audible on Traditional Copyright Defenses - Texas A&M University's "12th Man" is at the center of a legal blitz facing the University's Athletic Department. On January 19, 2017,...more

Social Links: SCOTUS strikes down law banning sex offenders from social media, denies cert in “dancing baby” case; Germany may...

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a North Carolina law that the state has used to prosecute more than 1,000 sex offenders for posting on social media is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment....more

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