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TTAB Decisions Can Preclude Court Determinations Of Likelihood Of Confusion In Infringement Cases

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., holding that a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) decision on likelihood of confusion for purposes of...more

B&B Hardware: Sometimes, Not Always, Not Never

The Supreme Court issued its second trademark ruling of the term on Tuesday, ruling that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” sometimes can be precluded by earlier rulings about trademark registrability issued...more

Filing Fee for .sucks Top-Level Domain Names Really Sucks for Brand Owners

The recent top-level domain name explosion has been of great interest to existing brand owners and new market entrants alike. No longer is a business limited to deciding which of a few top-level domains, such as .com, .net,...more

To File or Not to File (Before the TTAB) – Supreme Court Holds TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

In its second trademark decision this term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) relating to whether there is a “likelihood of confusion” between trademarks can...more

Supreme Court Trademark Decision - TTAB Findings Can Be Binding in Court Cases

TTAB Registration Decisions May Have Issue Preclusion Effect - On March 24, 2015, in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supreme Court raised the stakes and importance of decisions by the Trademark Office,...more

Supreme Court: TTAB Proceedings Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held in B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries that likelihood-of-confusion decisions by the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) can have preclusive...more

Alert: Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Board Rulings on Confusion May Bind Later Infringement Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") decisions on likelihood of confusion in disputes over registration may preclude relitigation of the issue in a later suit for trademark...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report Concerning Legality of Common Employer Rules

On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issued a Report Concerning Employer Rules, in a stated effort to provide guidance on the intersection of employer rules and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). ...more

Supreme Court Decides B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court decided B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352. The question was whether issue preclusion (collateral estoppel) can apply to decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal...more

The Launch Of .PORN & .ADULT TLDS

In 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) made waves by approving the first adult entertainment industry-specific top-level domain (“TLD”), “.XXX,” administered by the ICM Registry. At that...more

SCOTUS Decision in B&B Hardware Has Significant Implications for TM Applicants (and Owners)

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States held, in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc., that administrative proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and...more

B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries: Key Decision on Preclusion Decided Today

The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) ruling on likelihood of confusion can preclude later litigation on the same issue in federal courts. This highly anticipated...more

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their...more

The Next New gTLD Just .Sucks for Brand Owners

Hot on the trails of .porn and .adult, a new gTLD enters the fray next week — one that’s already giving PR departments heartburn. The .sucks domain launches for sunrise registrations on March 30, 2015, and with it yet...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

What To Do About the .SUCKS New gTLD

In connection with its New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program, as of March 2015, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has delegated nearly 550 new gTLDs. This significant expansion of the...more

Liability for Commercial Speech: A Guide to False Advertising, Commercial Disparagement, and Related Claims

This volume summarizes related bodies of law – false advertising, commercial disparagement, and defamation – that govern the conduct of business communications. It sets forth elements, damages, and related defenses for each...more

Generic Top Level Domains Create New Opportunities and New Headaches for Colleges and Universities

For decades, the Internet was limited to a small number of top-level Internet domains, the most common being .com, .org, .net, .edu, and country-specific domains. However, in 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...more

Latest NLRB Social Media Guidance – Helpful or More Confusing?

It’s been a little while since we talked about the NLRB and its feelings on “protected concerted activities” and social media policies. After all, there are other social media and employment law issues worth considering from...more

New ".SUCKS" TLD Creates Dilemma for Trademark Owners

March 30, 2015, is the opening day of the “sunrise” period for registration of domain names in the .SUCKS top-level domain (TLD). Unlike other recently created TLDs, which are typically oriented toward either particular...more

Use of Service Marks in Commerce: Making Good on Your Promises

In order to register a service mark—a trademark used to promote and sell services, as opposed to goods—with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the owner of the service mark must be using the mark in...more

Actually Resisting the Temptation to Tout Function and Hopefully Own a Trademark

Continuing our ramp up toward the launch of our Strategies for Owning Your Product Designs webinar next week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Morton-Norwich factors — the common analysis for determining whether a product...more

“March Madness”: Protect Your Business From The NCAA

The NCAA Tournament is here, and many local businesses will want to capitalize on this exciting time for basketball fans by using the well known “March Madness” slogan to advertise March specials. Think twice before your...more

Website Terms of Use. You Need Them. Here's Why...

Terms of Use (TOU) are, in effect, a contract between the users and the provider of a website. In the “olden” days (like 1992!), when websites were static and information was simply transmitted from the provider to the user,...more

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