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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 see our...more

New DMCA Designated Agent Requirements Effective December 2016

On November 1, 2016, the United States Copyright Office published an amendment to 37 CFR § 201.38 that changes the registration requirements for Designated Agents under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Effective...more

New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor

The federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for online service providers that are engaged in specified activities and that meet certain eligibility...more

The Sum of the Parts ? the Whole? SCOTUS on Samsung v Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $400 million damages award against Samsung for infringing Apple's smartphone design patents. In a decision that upsets a long-standing rule for calculating damages for design...more

Copyright Office Establishes New Electronic DMCA Agent Registration

Service Providers Must Re-register Online to Maintain Safe Harbor Protection - A service provider seeking to take advantage of certain of the safe harbors under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is required...more

New Copyright Office Rule Creates Potential “Gotcha” for Blogs and Websites Hosting User-Generated Content

If your company operates a website or blog that hosts user-generated content, you’ll want to read this post carefully. We’re ringing the alarm bell on an important new U.S. copyright law development that, if ignored,...more

New DMCA Agent Registration Rules Essential to Section 512 Immunity

Recent copyright office rule changes could terminate an unsuspecting OSP’s eligibility for the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) creates an important safe harbor from copyright...more

Re-Register Takedown Agent or Lose Copyright Shield

If your website allows for posting of user-generated content and you filed an agent designation insulating you from copyright infringement claims, you may be about to lose that legal protection. All existing paper-filed agent...more

Clothes Make the Man; They Sometimes Make the Trademark

Costumes and uniforms may be distinctive of a business, and thus may function as a trademark or service mark, identifying the business and distinguishing it from other business....more

Update To DMCA’s Safe Harbor Agent Designations

Internet service providers keen on preserving the safe harbor provisions contained in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) should take note: the U.S. Copyright Office has developed an online system for designating...more

Football Association Premier League Limited v Luxton [2016] EWCA Civ 1097

Sports rights holders and sports broadcasters will be reassured as a result of a recent Court of Appeal (“CoA”) decision, which prevented a pub owner in Swansea from using a foreign-purchased domestic decoder card to show...more

MarkIt to Market® - November 2016

The November 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® includes practical tips for registering certification marks, a look at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's latest revisions to the Rules of Practice-its most...more

New Registration Required for Designating Agents Under the DMCA

Under new Copyright Office regulations, parties seeking the benefits of immunity under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act must re-register their Designation of Agents for notice and service through a new electronic...more

Copyright Office Rule Changes Require Website Owners to Take Action to Benefit From DMCA Safe Harbor

On December 1, the US Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of this process,...more

New Regulations Will Affect Service Provider Protections Under the DMCA

The Copyright Office recently announced amendments to its regulations that, if not followed, will affect a service provider’s eligibility to seek protection under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright...more

No Love for ♥ DC

In a case before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”), the Board cancelled and abandoned the trademark registration and trademark application for the I "Heart" DC marks owned by an individual, Jonathan A. Chien...more

Liability of an internet subscriber for acts of copyright infringement over the internet

A United States film studio, Dallas Buyers Club LLC, made news last year for commencing legal proceedings against internet subscribers for copyright infringement for downloading the movie “Dallas Buyers Club”. ...more

Hear Hard Candy Roar – Sues Over CoverGirl Katy Perry Makeup Line

Hard Candy, LLC (“Hard Candy”) sued The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”), parent company to CoverGirl in the federal district court of Florida for 1) federal trademark infringement, 2) federal unfair competition, 3) common...more

Website Owners, Mobile Application Providers, and Other Online Service Providers BEWARE: Failure to Comply with New DMCA...

Any company that allows third-party users to post or link content to its website, mobile applications, or other online platforms must understand and comply with the new Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") safe harbor...more

Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website. Originally published in Law360,...more

When Trademark Registration is a Nice Gesture

Representations of gestures can be trademarks. For example Facebook’s Application No. 85020073 covers a depiction of a thumbs up gesture followed with the word “LIKE” in a rectangle...more

Back to Basics: Trademarks Part 5

What do I need to do to protect my mark after it is registered? Unlike copyrights and patents, trademarks can last forever if you take the right steps. Once properly registered, you will have to file your first...more

Who’s the PATRÓN Anyway?

PATRÓN (meaning “boss” or “landlord” in Spanish) is a pretty famous brand name of tequila (federally-registered since 1993), and don’t forget this gem from the archives...more

Video Upload Facilitation Patents Invalid Under Alice Framework

On November 10, 2016, Judge David C. Godbey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas held that two video upload patents were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The patents, owned by Youtoo...more

Can Internet Comments and Search Results Prove Trademark Infringement?

You’ve selected a unique trademark, marketed and sold products under the brand, and continue to build up a base of satisfied customers. But then a new company emerges with a very similar trademark, piggybacking on your...more

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