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Intellectual Property Newsletter - June 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland patent-venue decision, the constitutionality of inter...more

Update: Ban on Registering “Disparaging” Trademarks Unconstitutional

by Genova Burns LLC on

In a unanimous opinion based on differing rationale, the Supreme Court held that the federal prohibition on registering “disparaging” trademarks is unconstitutional. (Matal v. Tam, No. 15-1293)....more

Supreme Court strikes down Lanham Act's disparagement clause as unconstitutional

by Dentons on

In a landmark decision that will significantly impact those seeking to block or cancel trademarks they consider offensive, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the "disparagement clause" of the federal trademark...more

SCOTUS Overturns California's Extreme Expansion of Personal Jurisdiction for National Corporations

by Jones Day on

The United States Supreme Court has issued an important decision rejecting California's effort to assert personal jurisdiction over nonresident corporations and curtailing the plaintiff's bar's efforts at forum shopping....more

SCOTUS: Supreme Court Holds Disparagement Clause of the Lanham Act Violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment

On June 19, 2017, in Matal v. Tam, previously Lee v. Tam, the Supreme Court handed down its most impactful interpretation of the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act to date by holding that at its intersection with the...more

Supreme Court Holds Entities May Register Disparaging Trademarks

by Morgan Lewis on

The Lanham Act’s restriction on trademarks that disparage persons living or dead violates the First Amendment. Though the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has sometimes reversed its position on whether a...more

Victory for The Slants and Redskins: Supreme Court Okays Offensive Trademarks

This week, the United States Supreme Court settled the issue of whether an offensive name, in this case, an Asian-American rock band called “The Slants,” can properly be registered as a trademark. The Court’s conclusion?...more

SCOTUS and the Slants: Disparagement Proscription of § 2(A) of the Lanham Act Unconstitutional

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A unanimous decision from the Supreme Court of the United States in Matal v. Tam affirmed an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit and found the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act to be facially unconstitutional under the...more

Spokeo And Standing: Fourth Circuit Applies Spokeo And Reverses Nearly $12 Million FCRA Action Judgment

by King & Spalding on

On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in Dreher v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., reversing and dismissing a nearly $12 million award in a Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

Ninth Circuit Requires Evidence of No Injury, Recognizes Forfeiture of Pre-1919 Arizona Water Rights

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A recent ruling from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals underscores the importance of beneficially using water, as currently recognized in California, to maintain state water rights. On June 13, a three-judge panel...more

SCOTUS Rules CA Courts Lack Specific Jurisdiction to Entertain Injury Claims by Non-Residents (Bristol-Myers)

by Selman Breitman LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the ability of non-California residents to sue defendants in California courts for injury claims that have no connection to California, even where defendants have extensive business...more

Daimler Here to Stay: SCOTUS Overturns California Court’s Exercise of Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Plaintiffs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following on the heels of BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell last month, the Supreme Court, by an 8-1 margin in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, has reaffirmed the jurisdictional holding of its 2014 Daimler...more

SCOTUS: Supreme Court Takes Up Constitutionality of AIA Reviews

On June 12, 2017, in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, Case No. 16-712, the Supreme Court accepted certiorari on the question of whether the IPR regime set out by Congress in the AIA is constitutional....more

In Landmark Decision, the Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of the Lanham Act that Prohibits Registration of Disparaging...

by Payne & Fears on

On Monday, June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam, 582 U.S._ (2017), unanimously struck down the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C.A. § 1052(a), on grounds that it violates the Free Speech Clause...more

Social Media and Student Discipline – Where Are We?

The United States Supreme Court stated nearly 50 years ago that public school students do not shed their rights to free speech at the schoolhouse gate. In Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., the Court struck down...more

Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Holds that Central Hudson Survives Sorrell

by Reed Smith on

Last week we bashed a Ninth Circuit Daubert decision. We feel a little bit bad about that, not because the decision wasn’t bashworthy – no, Wendell really is a rotten precedent – but because we hate contributing to the...more

District of New Jersey Further Defines the Evolving Boundaries of Injury-in-Fact After Spokeo

by BakerHostetler on

On June 6, 2017, in Kamal v. J. Crew Grp, Inc., No. CV 2:15-0190, 2017 WL 2443062 (D.N.J. June 6, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a plaintiff’s second attempt to assert a claim...more

Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

Supreme Court Holds THE SLANTS Can Be Registered as a Trademark: Disparagement Clause Violates the First Amendment

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Supreme Court today brought closure to Simon Tam’s seven-year legal journey seeking to obtain a federal trademark registration for his band name, THE SLANTS. The Court held in Matal v. Tam that the Lanham Act’s ban on...more

Northern District Of California Dismisses Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding Plaintiffs Had Alleged "Injury In Fact"...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed without prejudice a putative securities class action against Charles Schwab & Co. (“Schwab”) under...more

Trademark Newsflash: Supreme Court Strikes Down Disparagement Clause

Since 1946, when the Lanham Act was enacted, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied registration of any trademark that “consists of … matter which may disparage [any] persons living or dead….” Today,...more

Supreme Court Holds Voluntary Dismissal With Prejudice Does Not Constitute An Appealable "Final Decision" That Would Allow The...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, held that “[f]ederal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction under [28 U.S.C.] § 1291 to review an order denying class certification...more

Supreme Court Closes The Door On A Tactic Used By Plaintiffs To Appeal Denials of Class Certification

The Supreme Court recently decided a case involving an Xbox 360, although the issue before them had nothing in particular to do with the video game system itself. It got me wondering, however, how many justices would you...more

Supreme Court Decides Ziglar v. Abbasi, No. 15-1358.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Ziglar v. Abbasi, No. 15-1358, which was consolidated with Ashcroft v. Abbasi, No. 15-1359 and Hasty v. Abbasi, No. 15-1363, holding that detention-policy claims...more

Supreme Court Decides Packingham v. North Carolina, No. 15-1194.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Packingham v. North Carolina, No. 15-1194, holding that a North Carolina statute that bars registered sex offenders from accessing social networking websites that...more

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