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Texas Court of Appeals Reverses T.G.I. Friday’s Label Decision

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Friday, October 13, 2017, a Texas Court of Appeals handed down the long-awaited decision in Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission v. Mark Anthony Brewing, Inc., No. 03-16-00039-CV. The case involves Texas’ ban on...more

Patents as a Technology and Marketing Resource

by PretiFlaherty on

Several types of patent searches are known for identifying patents and published patent applications of potential interest. One type of search, often called a novelty search, is employed to identify prior issued patents and...more

Former Rutgers Player Sues Alma Mater Over Nickname

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Moving along from Steve’s post on our alma mater of the University of Iowa, a former Rutgers football player has a more negative view of his former school. A few years ago, the Rutgers football program started allowing...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Password-Sharing Case, Leaving Scope of Criminal Liability Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Nosal v. United States, 16-1344. Nosal asked the Court to determine whether a person violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s prohibition...more

No Fairytale Ending for Unauthorized Movie Streaming

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction against an online video streaming service, finding that the movie studio plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits for violations under the...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

Be Proactive: Protect Yourself from Unfair Competition

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Most sophisticated companies actively protect their intellectual property from infringement. They scour the market looking for possible infringers, and they update their searches for possible infringement on a regular basis....more

Sorry, Will – I AM Refused Registrations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a refusal to register the mark I AM for various goods based on a likelihood of confusion with registered marks, concluding that the pseudo applicant’s trade moniker was...more

Proposed change of registration policy for .IE domain names

by Hogan Lovells on

IEDR, the Irish Domain Registry, recently announced that it was a running a Public Consultation with a view to liberalising the .IE domain name registration policy....more

Two End-of-Year Federal Government Deadlines Approaching

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Significant Changes to Online Copyright (DMCA) Safe Harbor and DoD Contractor Cybersecurity (NIST 800-171) Requirements Take Effect at the End of This Year. Important Change Affecting Digital Millennium Copyright Act...more

Corporate E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Global companies must safeguard confidential, proprietary information and trade secrets—not just from cybercriminals, “hacktivists,” cyberterrorists, and competitors—but from former employees. Too often, terminated or...more

GEMSA’s Patent Onslaught Against Cloud Computing Customers

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (“GEMSA”), a foreign non-practicing entity (“NPE”) organized under the laws of Australia, filed almost 40 patent lawsuits in five batches in 2015 and 2016. The majority of these...more

Beyond Mere Consent: It's All in the Details

Consent agreements - in which a prior U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rights-holder provides consent to registration of a later-filed trademark - can be an efficient path to registration in situations where the...more

Does Explanatory Language on Your Specimen Make a Mark Descriptive?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision denying registration of the mark FIRST TUESDAY for use in connection with lottery services and games based on...more

The Cheerios Challenge of Registering Color Marks

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) delivered a primer on demonstrating the acquired distinctiveness of product packaging or trade dress, including color marks, in refusing registration of a trademark application for...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017

OIG Report Suggests Improvements to FSMA Enforcement - A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...more

MarkIt to Market® | September 2017

The September 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses consent agreements, positive developments in the European community, and lists the new gTLD Sunrise periods. Please see full newsletter below for...more

#unfaircompetition – limitations to influencer marketing under German law

by Hogan Lovells on

More and more companies advertise their products through so called influencer marketing, using the accounts of social media stars to reach their followers. The Higher Regional Court of Celle decided recently that a company...more

#Ad and the challenges of native advertising and social influencers

by Hogan Lovells on

Westminster Media Forum recently hosted a seminar to discuss native advertising and social influencer marketing and their measurement, regulation and impact on brands....more

Copyright Office to DMCA service providers

by Dentons on

One of the best-known benefits of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the safe harbor from copyright infringement liability that it provides "online service providers", broadly defined in the statute as any...more

Last Call: Your Q4 DMCA Agent Designation Reminder

by Jackson Walker on

We are only three months away from the December 31, 2017 deadline for websites and other online service providers to redesignate their DMCA agents under the U.S. Copyright Office’s new online registration system. This is an...more

The FTC Won’t Let Me Be: Warnings and Enforcement Actions Targeting Social Media Influencers

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

According to recent Nielsen ratings, the most watched TV shows and live TV events top off at around 20 million viewers. In contrast, the most popular personalities on various social media platforms have well over 100 million...more

December 31st Deadline to Re-Register a DMCA Designated Agent

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Online service providers have until December 31, 2017, to re-register a designated agent with the Copyright Office if they want to remain eligible for protection from copyright infringement liability under the Digital...more

Cloud Computing: A New Target for Uniloc

As Cloud IPQ will continue to demonstrate, a growing but often overlooked trend of NPE patent litigations against cloud computing providers and users has emerged in recent years. While many NPEs target big technology...more

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

by Hogan Lovells on

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they...more

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