CASES TO WATCH -
Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Copyright: Status: cert. granted
Issue: Is the equitable defense of laches available in a copyright claim filed within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more
In This Issue:
- IS THIS REALLY A JOB FOR THE TRADEMARK OFFICE?
Legal proceedings involving mass murders and lurid sexual escapades get lots of media attention.
Trademark cases? Not so much.
Interbrand has chosen Apple as the Best Global Brand for 2013, surpassing Coca-Cola. Apple was number 3 last year, rising from number 8 in 2011....more
RECENT DECISIONS -
Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis -
Patent Holding: (5-3) reverse payment settlement agreements should be reviewed based on a “rule of reason.
In a split...more
A federal magistrate judge in New York has recommended that New York and California classes be certified to pursue injunctive and declaratory relief against Coca-Cola and Energy Brands for allegedly deceptive labeling of its...more
By now you know how much I love the Coca-Cola brand and advertising, and this beautiful gem of a billboard is no exception...more
There is no point to spending money on advertising if those experiencing it don’t understand who’s communicating about what brand, right?...more
It should be no surprise that the famous Coca-Cola brand name is federally-registered. One of the many significant benefits of federal registration is the USPTO’s obligation to refuse registration of third party marks that...more
Coca-Cola settled on its famous contour bottle design almost 100 years ago, in 1916, after several years of trials with other far less distinctive shapes (at least under today’s standards)...more
When is it appropriate to require an employee to complete a medical examination? This question presents a common challenge for employers. ...more
As we have noted in prior posts (FDCA, POM, preemption), the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) can provide a powerful tool to food companies that are hit with claims about their labeling. Yesterday, Judge Otero in the...more
Irony is something I enjoy capturing, as you already know, especially when it comes to branding. Take this recent image from my favorite hot dog joint in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Yesterdog...more