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Harry Potter Lawsuits And Where To Find Them

On July 31, 2015, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, according to muggle sources. The enormous success of Rowling’s literary creation and its associated multimedia empire has spawned countless...more

Will Lenz v. Universal Make Online Copyright Enforcement More Challenging for Copyright Owners

Pending before the 9th Circuit is a case which may change the landscape for online copyright protection. The case, Lenz v. Universal, may make it more difficult for copyright owners to protect against infringement in today’s...more

Social Media Adds Kick to Beer-Themed Trademark Battle

As social media and the numerous platforms continue their exponential growth in popularity and constant evolvement, legal issues surrounding their use also will inevitably emerge. A recent case filed in the Western District...more

Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X, LLC - USDC, C.D. California, July 16, 2015

District court holds that Internet television streaming service is eligible for compulsory licenses under § 111 of Copyright Act because it meets requirements of definition of “cable company” and Copyright Act does not...more

Federal Circuit Amgen Case Clarifies Important Aspects of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act

On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its holding in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., 2015-1499 (Fed. Cir. 2015). The Federal Circuit's decision is the latest development in the long-running...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Intellectual Property (Updated)

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - There are a variety of laws dealing with the protection of intellectual property in New Zealand. These laws permit the creation of legal rights to the exclusive use or ownership of copyright...more

60s On 6; Sirius Trouble

SiriusXM Radio operates both satellite and internet radio, broadcasting many stations for every musical taste. Its Channel 6 features music from the 60s and called 60s on 6. In September 2014, Judge Philip Gutierrez in the...more

Redskins Trademark Decision

On July 8, 2015, a Virginia District Court ordered the cancellation of six NFL Redskins trademark registrations, under a Lanham Act prohibition against registering marks that “may disparage” a referenced class at the time of...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - July 2015 (Global)

FILM AND TV - HUB FOCUS: Recent TV trends in Germany - Our global Media, Sport & Entertainment HUB provides insights into various legal and commercial issues impacting on this space. As part of our HUB FOCUS series, we...more

At The Corner of Trademarks and Confusion

Even in the age of the Internet, the geographic use of a trademark is an important consideration in determining whether your mark is likely to confuse consumers as to the source of your goods or services. Geographic...more

Trademarks on the Internet: Are Consumers Really this Clueless?

Are you unaware of the difference between search engine searches and the search results? Do you believe that a search engine can read your mind and return exactly (and only) the results you expect to receive? Is this your...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

Lego Mark Wars: Toy Giant Snaps Together Two Favorable 3D Trademark Rulings in Europe

On June 16, 2015, Lego Juris A/S obtained two favorable decisions from the General Court of the European Union which will afford protection to famous Lego “minifigure” as a three-dimensional (3D) trademark; a protection that...more

Owners of Celebrity Fan Sites Still in the Spotlight for Copyright Liability Without DMCA Safe Harbor

The Southern District of New York recently stressed the importance for internet service providers (“ISPs”) to comply with “safe harbor” requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) in order to be shielded...more

Washington’s NFL Team and U.S. Customs

Last week the NFL franchise that plays football near — but not in — our Nation’s Capital, was dealt another significant legal and public relations blow that would have any rational brand owner working overtime on its...more

Lloyd’s Likeness: A Hat Trick to Superstardom and Mega Endorsements

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last week, you know who Carli Lloyd is. If, however, you do not, she is the reigning World Cup MVP for Team USA. On Sunday, in perhaps the most astonishing World Cup...more

Watch Out! Split Ninth Circuit Panel Rules Amazon Search Results May Violate Watchmaker’s Trademarks

The Ninth Circuit recently held that online retailer Amazon.com could be liable for infringing the trademarks of a watch manufacturer based upon Amazon’s product search results when shoppers search for the manufacturer’s...more

Trademark Owners Sue Amazon for Showing Competing Products

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled, in a published opinion,  that Amazon will have to go to trial in a trademark lawsuit for what many have alleged are confusing search results. In Multi...more

A Plea to Interactive Websites: Check Your Copyright Agent Designations or Prepare to Face Liability for Your Users' Content

On June 30, 2015, a New York court provided a good excuse for anyone with an interactive website to double-check that its copyright agent designations with the U.S. Copyright Office are complete and accurate. Don’t know what...more

Pay Attention! Symbols Matter!

A couple different events occurred this past week which ought to serve as reminders of the importance of symbols and the need to protect brand perception when dealing with symbols....more

Is Your School District’s Lack of Social Media Guidelines Putting the District at Risk?

School districts are under growing scrutiny and criticism for the lack of clear social media guidelines and policies. For instance, after a Michigan teacher reportedly was sentenced to 6 to 15 years for an inappropriate...more

Status Updates: Artist sues Pinterest; texting for teens without data plans; quit smoking with social media

Pin pain. As a primarily visual social media platform whose self-described purpose is to help users bookmark and save “good stuff you find anywhere around the web,” Pinterest has raised copyright infringement questions since...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Finds Google Subject to B.C. Jurisdiction

More than ever before, foreign companies with websites accessible by Canadians should consider whether their online activities—even mere data gathering—put them at risk of being subject to the jurisdiction of a Canadian...more

Upcoming Changes in Canadian Trademark Law

Canada has amended its Trademark Law, and although the amended Law's effective date is not yet known, brand owners can expect three significant changes to Canadian trademark law practice. First, to U.S. brand owners...more

Hashtag Trademarks: #ItsAllAboutTheUse

Brand owners have embraced hashtags (words or phrases preceded by a hash or pound sign - #) as a way to both engage consumers and track social media posts regarding a specific product or topic. Not surprisingly, the...more

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