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Role Reversal: David Bullying Goliath?

When claims of trademark infringement make the news, it is often because a billion dollar corporation is suing old man Donaldson’s tavern for trademark infringement (Although, McDonaldson’s might have been a bad choice…). …more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Hey Commish, Can You Trademark The (Fantasy Football) League?

All around America, men will soon gather in front of their computers feverishly conducting research, generally wasting time, and participating in one of the manliest things they likely will do for quite some time: their fantasy…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

I’m Gumby Dammit — A Flexible Trademark?

The Minnesota History Center is currently promoting its Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s exhibit — my favorite promotional billboard is the one captured above, featuring none other than Gumby…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Colors, Words, and Colours: Pink with Envy

It has been nearly a year since we posed the age-old question: Does this Pink Clash with My Pink? Okay, so it’s not that old of a question. In fact, most of you (readers) may not have ever considered the inquiry…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Data Breach Notification, Helpful or Harmful?

Some IT professionals are debating whether they would issue a data breach notification in the event of a hack. Their rationale is that such a notification makes them a target for other hackers and that most of the incidents that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Minnesota Primary Election Results

All in all, primary election night was a good one for endorsed candidates and incumbents. That result was no doubt driven in part by the very low voter turnout. Secretary of State Ritchie predicted a 10 to 15 percent voter…more
| Elections & Politics

The C-word and IP Rights

No, not that c-word. The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights involves a plethora of c-words: copying, counterfeit, copyright, cease-and-desist, CIPO (the Canadian IP Office). But the one I am…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Judge Posner, I Presume

Over the past several months, Judge Posner and the Seventh Circuit has handed a couple of rare, but well-deserved wins to the public domain. On June 16, 2014, the Court issued an opinion holding that the primary characters of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Monkey See, Monkey Do Selfie?

Is photography nowadays really so easy even a monkey can do it? What about a caveman? If Wikimedia is right, the caveman would own a copyright in his selfie (or perhaps Geico, under the work for hire doctrine)…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Playing Games Over ANGRY BIRDS

The internet was aflutter yesterday over a lawsuit involving Angry Birds. The artist who created a pet toy line is apparently quite angry that she’s not racking up gold coins from a lucrative license agreement for the mark…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Trademark Pronunciation Revisited

Remember this little gem on trademark pronunciation from the DuetsBlog archives two years ago? - Open Wide and Say Ahh: Probing Brand Name & Trademark Pronunciation Judging from a search of Google, the JD Supra…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

SHARKNADO Trademark: Toothless Wonder?

In case you missed SHARKNADO last year, fear not, the sequel SHARKNADO 2 — The Second One, is taking the country by storm, and it is reportedly even better than the first SHARKNADO film. Not having seen either, I’m not sure…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Minnesota Primary Election Set for August 12

The Minnesota Primary Election will be held on August 12. All 134 Minnesota House seats are up for election this year. Additionally all five Constitutional offices (Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics

A Window into the Future for Apple’s Trade Dress?

A few weeks back, Steve discussed Apple’s recent applications to register a trio of non-verbal trademarks, shown below..…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Horror – Bar Exam Software Server Problems Nationwide

As if the nation’s bar examinees didn’t have enough to worry about — last night, the company administering the process for any test-taker using his or her laptop to take yesterday’s essay portion of the exam experienced what…more
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