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"STOP THE ISLAMISATION OF AMERICA" Is Disparaging

In re Pamela Geller and Robert B. Spencer - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) refusal to register the mark “STOP THE ISLAMISATION OF AMERICA” in...more

The Supreme Court's Aereo Ruling: Is the Sky Falling for Cloud Computing?

With the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision finally out, the digital industry is struggling with its impact, if any, on various products and services, particularly with regard to cloud computing. However, the Supreme Court...more

And Speaking of Foreign Trademark Filing Strategy: Tesla Motors is Sued in China for Trademark Infringment

Further to our recent post about the worldwide trademark trials and tribulations of Anheuser-Busch and its BUDWEISER trademark, we now report that the up-and-coming electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. has been sued...more

Dictionaries and Trade Mark

Hello. My name is Paul Harris, and this is my ‘Letter from Europe’, the first in what will be a fortnightly communique of my thoughts on the commercial world, and IP in particular. After all, I have been doing this for more...more

Start-Up Tech Company Will Not Change the Future of Television

On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in a highly controversial tech case involving cable broadcasters. With cable pricing increasing astronomically over the years, start-up Aereo Inc. created a...more

Copyright Litigation and the Risk of Double Costs

An American photojournalist, Ms. Leuthold, was on the scene in New York City on September 11, 2001. She licensed a number of still photographs to the CBC for use in a documentary about the 9/11 attacks. The photos were...more

Quasi-Broadcasting and Copyright – End of an Aereo?

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on June 25, 2014, issued an opinion that ruled that web-based TV streaming service Aereo violated copyright law by providing a service substantially similar to cable...more

Leuthold v CBC: “Industry Practice” in Interpreting Contracts

When, if ever, can “industry practice” be used in interpreting contracts? That question is of particular relevance in the entertainment industries, as each facet of those industries (such as film, TV, music, book publishing,...more

Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules – coming impact for streaming and cloud services?

The United States Supreme Court has held that online video startup Aereo Inc. infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when Aereo transmits the programs to its Internet subscribers. Ruling on June 25,...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014

Second Circuit: Insurer Must Defend Where Factual Allegations Create a Possibility of Coverage - Why it matters: In a recent pro-policyholder decision, the Second Circuit, applying New York law, reminded...more

Karen Millen Court of Justice of the European Union Decision

On 19 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) delivered a judgment in the ongoing seven-year legal battle between Karen Millen Fashions and Dunnes Stores in Ireland. Background - This...more

American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc.

American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. - U.S. Supreme Court, June 25, 2014: U.S. Supreme Court holds that Aereo’s near-contemporaneous transmission of broadcast television programs over Internet to subscribers...more

California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched case of Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc., S207172. I reported on the Court of Appeals decision last year on...more

Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Aereo and the Public Performance Right

On June 25, 2014, the US Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Second Circuit and held that Aereo publicly performs copyrighted television programming. The case has important implications for the public performance right...more

Could Offensive Trademarks Find Refuge in Common Law?

The 177-page tome the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) just issued in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc. is remarkable for its length and its subject matter, cancellation of the controversial REDSKINS mark as disparaging...more

Three Point Shot - June 2014

Federal Circuit Leaves Cobra Golf Co. in the Rough - It's dormie. On Eighteen. You're in great shape, having hit a solid drive, leaving yourself a fairway lie and a mid-iron into a back-right Sunday pin. Feeling good...more

ABC v. Aereo: Copyright Infringement By Intercepting and Rebroadcasting Copyrighted Programming

In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. (June 25, 2014, No. 13-461) 2014 U.S. Lexis 4496, the issue before the court was “[w]hether a company ‘publicly performs’ a copyrighted television program when it...more

"Color" Is the New "Black and White" for EU Trademarks

Previously, a logo registered in black and white was considered sufficient to protect versions of the logo in any color, but this is not necessarily true for European Union (EU) Community Trade Marks (CTM). Under the new...more

IP Buzz - June 2014

In this issue: - Patent Reform: It's Alive! - Nautilus: New Test, Same Application? - Supreme Court Opens Door to Food and Beverage Label Challenges Under Lanham Act - Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank:...more

A Football Team, by Any Other Name…: USPTO Decision Illustrates that Law is More than Hard & Fast Rules

At Meadowlawn Elementary in the 1960s, my West Michigan friends and I would boast about things that made us "better" than each other. It was the golden age of Superman comics and, while I didn't have super strength or x-ray...more

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Direct Copyright Liability for Subscriber-Directed Retransmissons of Over-the-Air Broadcasts

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that a service provider directly infringes a copyright owner’s exclusive performance right when it transmits to subscribers individualized streams of copyrighted works almost...more

Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules – coming impact for streaming and cloud services?

The United States Supreme Court has held that online video startup Aereo Inc. infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when Aereo transmits the programs to its Internet subscribers. Ruling on June 25,...more

“Oh right. . . THAT thing!” Designated Agent Required Prior To DMCA Copyright Infringement Safe Harbor

The recent case of Oppenheimer v. Allvoices is, if nothing else, a cautionary tale for everyone who wants to start the next big social networking site or provide any internet service with user-generated content. The moral is...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #41

We are pleased to present the 41st edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent Supreme Court cases that address securities class actions, copyright law, and...more

Trademark Rights around the World: It May Be BUDWEISER® in the US, But Not Everywhere

Anheuser-Busch, the venerable American beer brewer, and Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech beer brewer, have been fighting since the 19th century over rights around the world to the BUDWEISER trademark. A Czech town called Ceske...more

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