Foley Hoag LLP - Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition

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Firm Profile: Foley Hoag LLP
Seaport West
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210-2600, United States
Contact: Audra Callanan
Phone: 617-832-1000
Fax: 617-832-7000
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Massachusetts
Other Countries
  • France

Trademark Investigations In The Age Of Social Media: When Can You “Friend” An Adversary?

I have often called my friend and colleague, Dave Kluft, the master of opposition research. When we have a trademark case together, he can be counted upon to think deeply about our adversaries, see the world through their eyes,…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Trademark Office Issues Tequila Certification Mark Just In Time For National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day is celebrated on Monday, July 24. Tequila is made with the distilled extract of the blue agave plant, which grows in and around the city of Tequila and other parts of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Although…more
 /  Intellectual Property

America’s First Ice Cream Trademark Infringement Case … Was “FRENCH”

This weekend marks Bastille Day in France and also National Ice Cream Day in the United States, so it’s the perfect time to recount the very first ice cream-related trademark lawsuit in the U.S. (or at least the earliest one…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Are False Accusations Of Copyright Infringement Defamatory?

Is it defamatory to falsely accuse someone of infringing intellectual property? Last month, the California Court of Appeal, in FilmOn.com v. DoubleVerify, Inc., affirmed the dismissal of a defamation action in which the…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Of Slants, Skins, And Signs: Section 2(a) Prohibition of Disparaging Trademark Registrations Struck Down!

Well, that happened! According to the Supreme Court’s opinion in Matal v. Tam, Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which purports to prohibit the registration of marks that “disparage . . . persons,” is unconstitutional…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Celebrity Trademark Watch: Gene Simmons Claims Exclusive Right In Hand Gesture

Earlier this month, KISS guitarist Gene Simmons filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to register the “devil’s horns” hand gesture, which he routinely flashes at rock shows, as a…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Supreme Judicial Court Punts On Executive Defamation Privilege

Last week, everyone in Washington, D.C. was talking about the invocation of “executive privilege,” the ability of a President to withhold information from, for example, an investigation into Russian influence on the U.S…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury

Registration v. Application: A Copyright Circuit Split

Registration is not required for valid copyright ownership, but it is required before you can bring a copyright infringement lawsuit. Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act provides that..…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Cava v. Champagne: A Trademark Lawyer’s Guide

Those of you attending the annual International Trademark Association conference in Barcelona may be drinking a glass of Cava right now and wondering: what makes sparkling wine different from regular wine, and what is the real…more
 /  Intellectual Property

10 Trademark Cases About Yo Mama

Anna Jarvis led the efforts to establish the first official celebration of Mother’s Day in 1908, during which she honored her own mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, a Civil War-era social activist. But about a dozen years after…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

French Court Finds Jeff Koons Appropriated Copyrighted Photograph That “Saved Him Creative Work”

Jeff Koons is a well-known U.S. sculptor. In 2013, one of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures was purchased for $58.4 million dollars, the highest price ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist. Koons is also famous for…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Duke Ellington And Copyright: Five Things You Should Know

On April 29, sometimes called “Duke Ellington Day,” we celebrate the life and artistic accomplishments of the great musician and bandleader, Edward Kennedy (“Duke”) Ellington, who was born in 1899 and passed away in 1974. On his…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Environmental False Advertising: An Earth Day Green Guide Review

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, which means that a lot of consumers are going to be reminded to think green, and to buy green. What if your company is looking to access this vast market of environmentally-minded shoppers,…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Environmental Law

Marijuanaville v. Margaritaville: Registering Trademarks For Chemically Induced Mental Paradises

Although marijuana is becoming legal to varying degrees in an increasing number of states, your chances of getting a marijuana trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) are still grim. In…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Establishes Test for Copyrightability of Two-Dimensional Designs Incorporated Into Useful Articles in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court established a test for determining whether a design that is incorporated into a useful article is entitled to copyright protection. In its much-awaited opinion in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property
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