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Trademark Review - Intelligent Quartz, Lakota, and Clorotek (January 2014)

The District Court Finds the TTAB Erred in Refusing to Register INTELLIGENT QUARTZ for Watches - The USPTO refused an application by Timex to register the mark INTELLIGENT QUARTZ for watches on the basis that the mark...more

Native American Tribes Immune From Patent Infringement Suits

In the near future, Native American tribal organizations might consider expanding operations in many technological areas in view of recent court decisions indicating that tribes enjoy sovereign immunity from patent...more

The R-Word, Postponing the Inevitable

As many anxiously await the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) decision in Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc., a trademark cancellation action seeking to revoke six federal service mark registrations containing the...more

May 2013: Sports Litigation Update - Is “Redskins” a Disparaging Word or a Famous Mark That Honors Native Americans?

A recent hearing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office provides guidance as to the interpretation, reach, and application of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §...more

BLM Revises Proposed Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a revised proposed rule regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands for oil and gas production....more

CONFUSION OVER APPELLATIONS OF ORIGIN

"The concept issue in this case was a decisive factor for settling the difference between the appellations, and allowing them to coexist in the market"...more

Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending March 22, 2013

Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending March 22, 2013 by Steven J. Getman, Esq. Friday, March 22, 2013 Attorney Steven Getman reports on some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the...more

Three Point Shot - March 2013

In this Issue: - Reversal of Fishy Court Opinion Gives Boat Crew Another Chance to Reel in a Million-Dollar Prize - Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow - Grades for Football Prospects Copyrightable, But Sports Writer Not...more

Caution: Tribal Names Not a Free-For-All

The Navajo Nation's recent lawsuit reminds companies that unauthorized use of American Indian tribal names might be considered infringement and might also violate the federal Indian Arts & Crafts Act. The Navajo Nation...more

BMG v Chukchansi - Stanley

Petition for Rehearing en banc - Opposition

10th Circuit Court of Appeals Reversed and Remanded, agreeing with our appeal that tribal sovereign immunity is not waived by a casino employee's action in an intellectual property matter...more

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