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Pick Your Passion: State’s Trademark May Be Used To Criticize Its Governor

In Dardenne v. MoveOn.org, the Middle Louisiana Federal District Court faced a conflict between trademark protection, on the one hand, and the First Amendment’s protection of political advocacy, on the other. The Court...more

Highlights of Digital Millennium Copyright Act Congressional Hearings

On March 13, 2014, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, through its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held hearings regarding the copyright infringement notice...more

EXCELLENT Political Ad Removed For Copyright Infringement

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s reelection campaign appears to be based on a simple message: “Do you want C. Montgomery Burns Representing You in Springfield?” Yes, he means that C. Montgomery Burns. Yesterday, Quinn began a...more

Back From The Dead? Senator Wants To Resuscitate Legislation To Create A Federal Right Of Action For Trade Secret Theft

There are stirrings in the U.S. Senate of yet another bid to establish a federal right of civil action for trade secret misappropriation. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has quietly circulated a draft bill to IP lawyers and...more

Whitepaper roundup: Privacy, copyright, and digital advertising

Readers seem to have liked our post about the recent GAO report that summarized the U.S. data privacy debate. For those interested in Internet law and policy issues, there are plenty of other official reports that you can use...more

Sarah Palin and North Jersey Media Group Battle Over “Fair Use” of Famous 9/11 Photo

The iconic “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero” photo of firemen raising an American flag on September 11, 2001, which appeared on the cover of The Record newspaper and other newspapers on September 12, is at the heart of a...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing On Patent Demand Letters - Last Thursday, November 7, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled “Demand Letters and Consumer Protection:...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Rep. Goodlatte Introduces Patent Litigation Reform Bill - Last Wednesday, October 23, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), intended to curtail abusive...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - FCC Nominations - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is expected to hold a confirmation hearing on Republican Michael O’Reilly’s nomination to serve as a...more

United States Trade Representative Issues Rare Disapproval of U.S. International Trade Commission's Order Excluding Apple Products...

In a rare move, on August 3, 2013, the United States Trade Representative of the Executive Office of the President (USTR) issued a letter disapproving the United States International Trade Commission's (ITC's) determination...more

Advertising News & Analysis - July 18, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Finalizes EnergyGuide Label Changes - Brand Protection: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Staffing Announcements Set Tone at FTC - FCC Rules May Disconnect Marketing to Mobile...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2013: Surprising Appetite in Washington for New Federal IP Legislation

On March 16, 2013, the most significant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force. The AIA was seen as the most extensive alteration to U.S. patent law in half a century, and was hotly debated over nearly a...more

Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"  [Video]

May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more

Levick Weekly - March 29, 2013: 6 Ways To Survive The U.S. Congress

In This Issue: - Financial Regulators Compete; JPMorgan Loses - Six Ways to Survive the U.S. Congress - How to Protect Your Brand from a Twitter Hacking - Blogs Worth Following - LEVICK In the News -...more

Minnesota to Own “Trademark Bullies”

Minnesota is positioned once again to take legislative ownership of the ”trademark bullying” debate. Putting aside the serious questions of whether new laws are needed and whether a state as opposed to a federal solution can...more

The Fiscal Cliff, Not a Trademark-Worthy Catchphrase?

With the constant stream of news reporting about the impending “fiscal cliff,” how can there be no U.S. federal trademark filings containing those two terms, at the moment anyway?...more

Jackson Walker's VIA Media Postcard - November/December 2012

In This Issue: - Paul Watler's Perspective: One of the few places of refuge from the political campaign advertising onslaught was public television and radio. That may change depending on a little-noticed First Amendment...more

Republican Standing Committee’s Disappearing Copyright Brief Too “Awesome” for Publication

Last Friday, the Republican Standing Committee (“RSC”) published a report by twenty-four year old staffer Derek Khanna, a former Mitt Romney aide and graduate of Georgetown Law School, entitled: “Three Myths about Copyright...more

Intellectual Property and the Next President

After months of debates, worn out talking points, and a seemingly endless barrage of ads, election day is finally here! I’m hoping this post serves as a reminder to get out and vote today....more

Update: S. 3523 Passes U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

The bill to extend intellectual property protection to the fashion industry, S. 3523, the substance of which we reported recently, has passed the US Senate Judiciary Committee without amendment. By voice vote on September 20,...more

Three Point Shot - September 2012

In This Issue: - In Tennis Channel Carriage Dispute with Comcast, Ball is Now in Appeals Court - Crimson Tide Infringement Claims Turned Back by Artist's Fair Use Defense - Citius, Altius, Litigious: USOC,...more

Business News Digest - September 2012

In this issue: - What to Expect When You're Selling Your Company – Indemnification - Consummated Mergers: It Ain’t Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings - FCC Orders TV Stations to Post Their Political Files...more

Political Fair Use Part V: The Dulcet Tones of Presidential Copyright Infringement

Mitt Romney seems to attract copyright controversies like his bank account attracts interest. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Candidate Romney has already had copyright rows with Tom Brokaw and CNN. Now, he’s got three...more

McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - August 2012

In This Issue: 1 Political animals; 3 House bill takes aim against patent trolls, frivolous lawsuits; and, 4 Unlicensed products: A not-so-golden opportunity. Excerpt from Political animals: NOBAMA. MAGIC...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - August 2012: Political animals by Rachel Blue

NOBAMA. MAGIC ROMNEY UNDERWEAR. OCCUPY. OBAMA BIN LADEN. It’s an election year, so it’s no surprise that slogans and sound bites are on the uptick. Both political campaigns and those hoping to cash in on a clever turn of...more

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