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Supreme Court Holds That TTAB Rulings Can Have Preclusive Effect in Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, ruling that decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on “likelihood of confusion” in trademark opposition proceedings can...more

Supreme Court: An Administrative Ruling on Confusion Can Be the Last Word in Trademark Litigation

Trademark disputes often focus on whether two marks create a “likelihood of confusion” with one another. That issue can come up before a court considering trademark infringement; before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

Supreme Court Seals Tight a TTAB Decision

In a recent case that will raise the stakes for companies involved in contentious administrative trademark proceedings, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the administrative tribunal, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

The Pirate Bay blocked in Portugal

A recent Intellectual Property Court decision in Portugal determined that the main telecommunications operators have until the end of March to block the access of its users to The Pirate Bay domains, either through its main...more

Bob Marley and Federal False Endorsement Claims

Since his death in 1981, reggae superstar Bob Marley and his “image” continue to be broadly popular and command millions of dollars each year in merchandising revenue. ...more

First-Ever Award of “Any Damages” for Fraudulent DMCA Takedowns Under Section 512(f)

Under section 512(f) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), copyright owners are liable for “any damages” stemming from knowingly false accusations of infringement that result in removal of the accused online...more

Default Is In Our Stars: Allegedly Overreaching Copyright Claimants Fail to Show

Taking legal action to enforce a copyright is often an expensive proposition so, before you go down that road, you better make sure you own the copyright in question. But what if you have already initiated copyright...more

Three Point Shot - February 2015

Will Johnny Be Good, or Will Name Games Go up in Flames? Johnny Gaudreau, left wing for the Calgary Flames, is attempting to high-stick potential interlopers by locking up rights to his now-popularized nickname – Johnny...more

With Highly Anticipated Copyright Decision, The AutoHop Litigation Is Coming to a Close

In 2012, DISH Network announced two novel product offerings that would result in considerable backlash from the four major broadcast television networks and set in motion a three-year, wide-ranging, multi-front battle with...more

POM Wonderful: The New Prescription for False Advertising

The ability of private parties to pursue mislabelling claims depends on whether allowing such claims to proceed would conflict with the purpose and intent of federal labelling laws and implementing regulations, such as those...more

Pom Wonderful Likely to Succeed in Infringement Claim Against “pom”-Branded Beverage - Pom Wonderful LLC v. Hubbard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a district court decision denying a preliminary injunction motion in a trademark infringement action, holding that the district court committed clear error...more

No Presumption, but Inference of Irreparable Harm Permissible Under Lanham Act - Groupe SEB USA, Inc. v. Euro-Pro Operating LLC

Addressing interpretation of advertising claims when the packaging or label unambiguously defines a claim term and an inference of irreparable harm where the advertisements were literally false, the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

It’s Not All Rainbows and Butterflies: YouTube’s Beauty Guru Fights Back Against Ultra Records

Michelle Phan is a YouTube celebrity and beauty guru and has garnered over 7 million subscribers and one billion lifetime views. However, not everyone is a fan of Ms. Phan. On July 16, 2014, Ultra International Music...more

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd. v. A.V.E.L.A., Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, February 20, 2015

Following jury verdict on Lanham Act claim in favor of entity owned by Bob Marley’s children, Ninth Circuit affirms denial of defendants’ motion for judgment as matter of law, finding that trial evidence supported jury’s...more

Media and on-line piracy: what’s new in Italy

There have been very interesting developments in Italian case law against media online piracy. The first and most important is the publication of statistics on the application of the Italian AGCOM regulation, as well as the...more

Virginia Court Dismisses Webcaster’s Suit Concerning Geofencing Workaround to Copyright Royalty Obligations

We previously wrote about a Virginia federal magistrate judge’s report recommending dismissal of a declaratory judgment action brought by several radio stations asking the court to rule that webcasts limited in scope via...more

North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. Fox News Network LLC - USDC, SDNY, February 10, 2015

In copyright infringement action involving allegations that Fox News posted to its Facebook page plaintiff’s 9/11 photograph of firefighters raising American flag near World Trade Center juxtaposed with iconic World War II...more

(Un)licensed to Ill: Three Common Sense Lessons Every Marketing Department Should Learn from Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Co.

As reported by several media outlets in the last few weeks, the Beastie Boys are seeking nearly $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees from Monster Energy Co.—the maker of the eponymous Monster energy drinks—after Monster was found...more

Qualcomm Resolves China Antitrust Investigation by Paying $975 Million and Changing its Patent Licensing Practices

Qualcomm sells chipsets and licenses its related standard-essential patents for use in 3G- and 4G-enabled smartphones and tablets. In late 2013, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) began investigating...more

Protecting Trademarks and the Likelihood of Confusion Factor

A few years ago, I wrote a column addressing a case in which Pom Wonderful LLC sued Coca Cola Company in connection with the marketing of one of its pomegranate-blueberry juice products. That case dealt with whether one of...more

In SEP Assertion Cases, Apportionment Trumps Entire Market Rule - Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys. Inc., et al.

Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys. Inc., et al. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a spectrum of issues surrounding industry standards for electronic devices that wirelessly access the internet,...more

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Enforce Your Copyrights!)

The Beastie Boys can look back on 2014 as a year of good copyright outcomes. The preceding years had seen their music used without authorization in two promotional videos, by Goldieblox and Monster Energy, despite the...more

District Court Holds Plaintiff and Plaintiff's Attorneys Jointly and Severally Liable for Attorney's Fees and Costs After Finding...

After trial, HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. ("HTC") filed a motion seeking to recover attorney fees and costs from plaintiff's attorneys as well as from plaintiff Intellect Wireless, Inc. ("IW"). IW withdrew its...more

Claims Regarding Newly Accused Products Will Not Be Included In Trial Scheduled The Following Week

Two newly accused products will not be the subject of trial the following week but are excluded without prejudice for later consideration. The false marking “defense” is not a defense but only a limitation on damages....more

Does the Ebola-free Nurse Doll Raise a Right of Publicity Claim?

In general, a right of publicity is a right to control use of your name, likeness, and other aspects of your identity. Right of publicity laws normally give an individual the exclusive right to license the use of their...more

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