IP Buzz - April 2012

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In this issue:

* IP LEGAL NEWS AND UPDATES

- Fourth Circuit Revives Rosetta Stone’s Claims Against Google Over its AdWords Program

- Decision-Making Is Not Patentable: The SmartGene Case

- IP: Trademark Disputes as an Unintended Consequence of Distribution Agreements

- Court Denies Class Action in Continuity Product Case

- IP: What's in a Name?

- Venable Attorneys Author Chapter on U.S. Anti-Counterfeiting

* ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

* EVENTS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

An excerpt from "Court Denies Class Action in Continuity Product Case"

Gregory J. Sater

On March 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in favor of Synapse Group Inc. and against the class action plaintiffs by affirming a lower court’s denial of class certification. Most cases are so expensive to litigate after class certification that they must be settled if the putative class gets certified. For that reason, denial of certification is a big deal for a marketer-defendant.

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