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Buyer Beware: Make Sure Your Copyright Assignment Is Valid

by Payne & Fears on

You are in negotiations with a copyright owner to obtain a license to her work, which you want to publish, distribute, and/or license yourself. You want to ensure that you have the right to enforce the copyright against...more

No Twist on Pretzel Crisps on Remand

In a 54 page decision issued on September 6, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) ended (again) a long-standing dispute between snack food makers Frito-Lay, Inc. (“Frito”) and Princeton Vanguard, LLC...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Ninth Circuit: Non-Exclusive Licensing Agent Has No Standing to Sue for Copyright Infringement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC, the Ninth Circuit held that an Arizona stock photo agency could not sue McGraw-Hill under the Copyright Act for using images in textbooks without permission. The...more

The Threat Of Counterfeits Via Social Media Drives Major Investigation From British Government

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On September 4, 2017, the British government released a detailed study that investigated the impact of social media on counterfeit trade. The report highlights the complexity of trying to quantify recent levels of...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Abbott Nutrition did something unique. It added a new ingredient to its Similac Pro-Advance and Pro-Sensitive infant formulas that, until now, had only been available in human breast milk: 2’-fucosyllactose human milk...more

How Coexistence Agreements Work

by Revision Legal on

In trademark law, coexistence agreements are contracts whereby two trademark owners agree to use their similar marks, but agree to limitations. For example, the two owners might agree that their respective goods or services...more

Legal Issues For Creating And Maintaining Your Website

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The reach and impact of the internet is well known and it provides a must-have medium to advertise, promote, and conduct business. Setting up and maintaining your website may seem like a relatively straightforward process,...more

In-n-Out Sues Smashburger Over New Burger Names

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 28, 2017, In-n-Out filed a lawsuit against Smashburger for trademark infringement in the Central District of California. In-n-Out claims that Smashburger’s TRIPLE DOUBLE mark is too similar and infringes on its...more

Court Says Jury’s Award of Profits Justified by Costco’s Business Model

On August 14, 2017, the Southern District of New York determined that Costco Wholesale Corp. owed Tiffany and Co. over $19 million in damages for trademark infringement. The case arose out of Costco’s marketing and display...more

Wisconsin High Court Affirms High Summary Judgment Bar to Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant accused of conspiring to misappropriate its competitor’s trade secrets. By a 4-3 decision in...more

ITC Issues First Exclusion Order on SEPs and Upcoming Opinion Expected To Provide Important Guidance on FRAND and SEPs

The decision in U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1012 (“1012 Investigation”), is still confidential, but the ITC...more

Intellectual Property 101: What It Is and Why I Should Protect It

by Varnum LLP on

Startups and early stage companies have many things to focus on and worry about, and the protection of intellectual property (IP) is likely not on the top of the list, if it’s on the list at all. Why? Because a business...more

Why Your Company Name Matters –The Right Name Accelerates Growth And Saves You Marketing Costs When Every Dollar Matters

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Is your startup brand so strong that consumers tattoo the logo on their arm? Or so hard to pronounce that investors, vendors and customers are disinclined to do business with you? According to a study published in the...more

Venue After TC Heartland – Attending a trade show or location of CEO’s abode not enough to prove “regular and established place of...

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

We have been tracking how district courts have handled venue challenges in a post-TC Heartland world, and have reported changes to some of the more popular patent venues, as well as a continuing split among district courts on...more

USTR Publishes Initiation of Section 301 Investigation into China's Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On Thursday, August 24, the United States Trade Representative published formal initiation of the awaited Section 301 investigation under the Trade Act of 1974 to determine whether acts, policies and practices of the...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act: Recent Developments Raise Questions About Inadvertent Disclosure

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed into law last year by President Obama, revolutionized intellectual property law by creating a new civil cause of action permitting trade secret owners to sue for misappropriation...more

My Company Can be Sued Where?: Supreme Court Resolves Some Questions of Where Businesses May Be Sued for Patent Infringement but...

by Smith Anderson on

After a long period in which the U.S. Supreme Court considered intellectual property issues only occasionally, the Court has frequently focused on intellectual property matters in recent years, reflecting the increasing...more

Delaware Court Holds that Trademark License Cannot be Assigned Without Consent

The Delaware bankruptcy court recently decided that a debtor could not assign a trademark license absent the consent of the licensor. The court concluded that federal trademark law and the terms of the license precluded...more

Ending Data Scraping Dispute, Craigslist Reaches $31M Settlement with Instamotor

Craigslist has used a variety of technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to, or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes. For...more

Use It or Lose It; What Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Can Do To Protect Their Trademarks from Becoming Abandoned

by Mulcahy LLP on

Trademark abandonment can be an issue for breweries, wineries and distilleries who may offer certain products for limited periods of time or in discrete markets and then attempt to bring them back years later. Abandonment is...more

ITC Issues Limited Exclusion Order of Diebold ATMs Following Finding of Patent Infringement

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments and Awards - On July 14, 2017, the International Trade Commission determined that financial services company Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. (“Diebold”) violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act by importing ATMs and...more

California Finally Rolling Out Its Own Cannabis Trademark Laws

by Weintraub Tobin on

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. In 1996, California approved Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act. Two decades later, California voters approved Proposition 64, the...more

Cyber Protection for Growth

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

According to a new survey by insurer Nationwide, almost half of all businesses have been the victim of a cyberattack without knowing it. Most of the headlines about cyber exposure and planning focus on the need to avoid...more

Former Band Member Sues The Roots

by Brooks Pierce on

Frank “Knuckles” Walker, a musician and percussionist best known as a former member of the band The Roots, recently filed a lawsuit against his former band members and others. A copy of the complaint is available here....more

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