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What is all the Frap About?

Even in a small town in Germany or Mumbai, India, you will find a Starbucks Coffee Company (“Starbucks”) on the corner. Starbucks sells a billion dollars of my favorite Frappuccino drink a year throughout the world. To...more

Canada’s New Trademark Law and What it Means for Business

Through sweeping legislation smuggled in by means of an omnibus budget bill, Canada’s trademark registration regime will be changed more dramatically than at any time in the last 50 years. The changes are giving trademark...more

Can broadcast organisations forbid newspapers to publish full data on a weekly basis?

The decision in Football Dataco by the European Court of Justice ended the possibility by broadcasters of appealing to the so called Dutch Geschriftenbescherming (kleine Munze). In the commented case, the Amsterdam Court...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - November 2014 (Global)

China: Guidelines for developing sports into a RMB 5 trillion-per-annum sector released - China's Cabinet, the State Council, has issued new guidelines which, amongst other things, aims to grow output of China’s...more

Markit to Market - October 2014

The October issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter reviews some highlights from the new USPTO Service Mark Specimens Examination Guide, considers the colorful history of the Störtebeker beer brand name, and...more

Skits, spoofs and satire – how the parody exception could change advertising

A recently-introduced exception to copyright protection presents a new opportunity for the advertising and creative industries to adapt existing works for comedic effect. From 1 October this year, it became permissible to use...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Permanent Injunction Questionable Despite Trademark Infringement

La Quinta Worldwide LLC v. Q.R.T.M., S.A. De C.V., dba Quinta Real - While affirming trademark infringement with respect to a Mexican hotel chain’s use of its trademark in the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Fan pages and social media – who shall be blamed?

Internet liability are increasingly tested with the growth of social media. And we receive a large number of requests of advice from clients running a fan page, a group or a list on social networks dedicated to either their...more

Counterfeit Goods: Has the War on ISPs Just Gotten Tougher?

The pressure on ISPs to take responsibility for the sites accessible through their services has been growing in recent years (e.g., the requirement for certain ISPs to block filesharing sites). On October 17, 2014, the High...more

Website Blocking Orders - A New Tool in the Fight Against Online Trade in Counterfeit Goods

There are many ways in which online trade in counterfeit goods can be tackled. Unfortunately, they are often ineffective and in many cases expensive. ...more

All-In@EiG 2014 Co-ordinated Advice on a Global Scale

In This Issue: 1. Welcome to EiG 2014 2. Europe: Gaming in the Cloud 3. Risk – What’s Your Appetite? 4. Japan: Current Status of Casino Legalization 5. Poland: Overview of Expected Changes 6. Patents on...more

European Community Trademarks – Why it Now Matters if They’re Black and White (or Grayscale)

Whether it’s black or white may not have mattered to Michael Jackson (at least that's how the song goes), but it does seem to matter now to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and other trademark...more

MarkIt to Market - September 2014

The September issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter contains an explanation of new guidelines on the treatment of color logos in the European Community, a reminder of the upcoming renewal deadline for the...more

European Union – New Practice on black and white and colour trade marks

The protection and enforceability of black and white trademarks in the European Union has been called into question. Trademark owners should review their portfolios to determine whether this change will affect their European...more

Ownership Of Designs: What Has Changed?

New legislation which came into force today makes a significant change to the legal position on commissioned designs. Historically, the ownership position for commissioned designs has contrasted with that for copyright as...more

Trademark Review - La Quinta Hotels, Kia, and Fab Again (September 2014)

Co-Existence Outside of the U.S. Might be Relevant to Obtaining a Permanent Injunction in U.S. La Quinta has operated LA QUINTA hotels and motels in the United States since 1968. Quinta Real operates QUINTA...more

Trade Secret Plaintiff Goes Three Rounds, Takes a Beating

Last week, New York attorney Douglas R. Dollinger asked the Honorable Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California to reconsider an order sanctioning Dollinger and his client to the tune of $93,365.92 in monetary...more

The Internet of Things and Canadian Copyright Law

Many of you have read about the dispute over copyright ownership of the monkey-selfie, where a primate took a digital photo that went viral and for which the owner of the camera tried to claim ownership. Ultimately the U.S....more

Amici Weigh in on “Right to Register v. Right to Use” Trademark Case at Supreme Court

More than three months ago, we sounded the alarm about an important trademark case to consider the interplay between the right to register and the right to use a trademark:...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property: There are a variety of laws dealing with the protection of intellectual property (IP) in Australia. These laws provide for the creation of legal rights to the exclusive use or ownership of...more

Is Deadmau5 a Dead Mouse?

With the NFL season in full swing and my fantasy football league thus far undefeated, as well as some really interesting tech stuff on fashion week, I really wanted to focus on something fascinating and fun on this...more

New Rules On The Scope Of Protection For Black & White Trade Marks In The EU: Black & White Or Clear As Mud?

On 15 April 2014, the European Trade Mark and Design Network published a Common Communication on the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White ("B&W") Marks (the "Communication"). Four months on, we look...more

#Monkey-Selfie

The dispute between Wikipedia and the British photographer David Slater recently reported in various news outlets is not new. It is actually the continuation of a dispute that began in July 2011 between the UK based Caters...more

Major Changes Enacted for Canadian Trademark Law

The biggest changes to Canadian trademark law in 60 years are coming soon - most should be in force before the end of 2014. The changes will affect everyone whose business involves branding in Canada. While all of the...more

TTAB’s Washington Redskins Decision: the Enforceability and Commercial Impact of Cancelled Trademarks

The cancellation of a U.S. trademark registration on any grounds, including disparagement, does not always mean the end of enforceable rights in the mark. However, cancellation may create both legal and financial...more

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