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Three Point Shot - August 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Eastern District Heavyweight Bout Ends in Stunning Trademark Technical Knockout - Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor's late-August 2017 matchup may be the most highly anticipated boxing event in decades. But while "The...more

The Grinch that stole fair use?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the Supreme Court’s 1994 Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music landmark decision, courts have expanded fair use protection. While not a license to take liberally from another work, the fair use test has often tilted in favor of...more

Patent Owner Must Be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction for Declaratory Judgment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with a district court that it lacked personal jurisdiction over a patent owner/declaratory judgment defendant where the defendant’s only contacts with the forum were the...more

Be Careful When Sending Out That Cease And Desist Letter To Protect Your Trademark

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It has become an almost perfunctory practice. You catch wind of another business using a confusingly similar name. You then call a lawyer to immediately send out a cease and desist letter. More often than not, this would be...more

Mark Madness: Avoiding Trademark Landmines in College Sports

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, the Washington Post reported on a Maryland high school’s thwarted attempt to expand its use of a green hornet mascot logo which resembles Georgia Tech’s famous “Buzz” mascot trademark. The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets...more

Gotta Wanna Needa Getta Hava Injunction

Bojangles International, LLC — originator of the Cajun Filet Biscuit that it promotes with the jingle “GottaWannaNeedaGettaHava” — has sued Hardees for selling a Cajun Chicken Biscuit and using the phrase...more

No Damages for Plaintiff Since Dry Cleaner Agreed to Hang Up Trademark Use

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a permanent injunction enjoining a dry cleaner franchisee from using plaintiff’s trademarks but explained that plaintiff was not entitled to punitive damages, costs or...more

A Cease and Desist Letter Alone Does not Establish Personal Jurisdiction

In New World International, Inc. v. Ford Global Technologies, LLC, [2016-2097](June 8, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the dismissal of New World’s declaratory judgment complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction over...more

All infringements aren’t equal

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Are all copyright infringements created equal? Or should courts distinguish between different levels of intent, significance, and harm? Results in two recent cases suggest that circumstances have significant effects on...more

Shoe Maker Buscemi Sues J/Slides for Design Patent Infringement

by Knobbe Martens on

Buscemi, LLC (“Buscemi”) filed for a design patent on June 2, 2016. In March 2017, while the patent application was pending, Buscemi alleges that it became aware that Styleline Studios International and JSL Studio...more

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

For years, craigslist has aggressively used 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....more

Application Partially Voided Where Defendant Lacked Bona Fide Intent to Use Mark

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing whether a trademark applicant must have a bona fide intent to use the mark in commerce with respect to all of the goods and/or services listed in the application, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit...more

Artists’ Studios in East Hampton: “Cease and Desist”

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

East Hampton Town restricts the size of accessory structures to 600 s.f. (each) with no plumbing. However, because of a long history of artists in the Town (e.g., Pollock, Willem and Elaine DeKooning), an Artist’s Studio is...more

First Department Allows $45 Million Fraud Claim to Proceed Against Patriarch Partners

In Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v. Tilton, No. 651695/15, 2017 BL 55790 (App Div, 1st Dep’t Feb. 23, 2017), a divided panel of the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed a Commercial Division order that denied...more

France: No requirement for a domain name to be distinctive in unfair competition claims

by Hogan Lovells on

In a decision of 6 December 2016, the French Supreme Court of the Judiciary (“Cour de Cassation”) provided a very useful clarification in relation to unfair competition claim (“concurrence déloyale”, a tortious action) based...more

Fictional restaurant wins trademark battle: The Krusty Krab

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? If you know the answer to that theme-song question, you’ve probably seen, or at least heard of, the popular cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants. It is one of the highest-rated and...more

Blog: Allergan Fined for Failure to Disclose Merger Negotiations with Third Parties During Hostile Bid

by Cooley LLP on

At what point do “discussions” with a friendly merger party become “negotiations” that are required to be publicly disclosed under the tender offer rules in response to a hostile bid? In a recent settlement of cease and...more

SEC and Drugmaker Allergan Reach Settlement over M&A Disclosure Violations

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and drugmaker Allergan settled claims that Allergan failed to disclose negotiations with third parties following the announcement of a hostile tender offer by Valeant and co-bidder...more

Simple Steps to Help Keep Your Trade Secrets Safe

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As illustrated by the recent lawsuit by America’s Test Kitchen against celebrity chef Christopher Kimball, companies in a variety of industries are vulnerable to losing their trade secrets....more

Forum Shoppers Beware (But Not in Alabama)!

by Fisher Phillips on

Since non-compete law can vary drastically by state, many employers who operate in a multistate environment can benefit from utilizing forum-selection and choice-of-law clauses. These clauses are intended to ensure employers...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Perry for top U.S. energy job - Reuters - Dec 15 - President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department...more

California DMV Demands Halt to Uber Autonomous Vehicle Testing

by Bryan Cave on

On December 14, 2016, Uber announced a highly publicized test of its autonomous vehicle technology on the streets of San Francisco. The test included rides for various politicians, including State Rep. Steve Glazer and...more

Celebrity Brands: The Line Between Fair Use and Infringement

by Jaburg Wilk on

All brand owners are faced with difficult decisions regarding how aggressively to police their brands. The decision is particularly difficult when the unauthorized use is by a loyal customer or fan. While some traditional...more

Who’s Watching (What) You Create?

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

This past weekend, with what appears to be our first lasting snowfall, I enjoyed following my daughter around the chilly alleys of downtown Minneapolis while she created for her photography class. As you can see from the...more

Supreme Court May Cut Back Laches in Patent Infringement Cases

by Weintraub Tobin on

The United States Supreme Court is considering whether the doctrine of laches will bar a patent infringement claim filed within the Patent Act’s six-year damage limitations period set forth in 35 U.S.C. §286. The case before...more

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