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Converse: Stomping Out Counterfeits through Int’l Trade Commission Proceedings

Earlier this week, Converse launched an all-out offensive to combat what it considers counterfeit and knock-off versions of its Chuck Taylor All-Star line of sneakers. Reports peg the number as at least 22 separate lawsuits...more

Arrow Productions, LTD v. The Weinstein Company LLC

Arrow Productions, LTD v. The Weinstein Company LLC - USDC, S.D. New York, August 25, 2014: District court dismisses copyright and trademark infringement claims of copyright owner of 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat,...more

When Can You Be Sued For Introducing Copyrighted Works At Trial? Almost Never, But Plaintiffs Keep Trying

Professor Nimmer once identified the “weakest infringement claims of all time” as those involving attempts by copyright holders to prevent their copyrighted work from being used as evidence against them in court. “It seems...more

Are “Concurrent Damages” A Good Idea For Copyright Law?

About a year ago, we wrote about the final chapter in the copyright saga of Joel Tenenbaum, the Boston University student who was found liable for copyright infringement by a District of Massachusetts jury, based on his...more

Amini Sues Yuan Tai Enterprises - Again

Amini Innovation Corporation ("AICO") filed suit on June 30, 2014 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (AICO's home court) again Yuan Tai Enterprises, Inc., a Texas corporation. The...more

New EU actions on enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

On 1 July, the European Commission has adopted two communications on (i) an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the EU and (ii) a Strategy for the protection and enforcement of...more

Adobe Systems Inc. v. Kornrumpf - USCA, Ninth Circuit, June 2, 2014

Adobe Systems Inc. v. Kornrumpf - USCA, Ninth Circuit, June 2, 2014: Ninth Circuit affirms grant of partial summary judgment in favor of Adobe Systems Inc., holding that first sale doctrine was not available as defense...more

NewPoint Media Seeks Declaration of Non-Infringement of Easy IP Patent and Copyrights Covering Custom Advertisement Creation

NewPoint Media Group, LLC (“NewPoint Media”), filed a complaint in the Northern District of Georgia seeking a declaratory judgment against Easy Intellectual Property Licenses, LLC (“Easy IP”) declaring that NewPoint Media...more

Supreme Court's Petrella Decision Eliminates the Laches Defense as an Absolute Bar to Copyright Claims

In the coming months, authors of copyrighted materials may begin resurrecting long buried works and asserting infringement claims against current users. The doctrine of laches — a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in bringing...more

European IP Bulletin, Issue 110, May 2014

In This Issue: - CJEU Holds ISPs May be Ordered to Block Customer Access to Websites Infringing Copyright - European Trade Mark and Design Network Issues Common Communication On Black and White Marks -...more

Protection of Designs in the United States

In recent years, protection of designs has become of increasing importance. As Steve Jobs famously noted: “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s...more

3D Printing—implications on Intellectual Property Rights ("IP rights")

Is there a new era beginning with the availability of low-cost 3D printers? Not so long ago it was unimaginable that people could print products they needed by themselves. They used to have to go to the supermarket or order...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Standing Requirements in False Advertising Lawsuits

On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified who has the right to assert a federal claim for false advertising. In a unanimous ruling, the Court established that one company can sue another under the Lanham Act, the federal...more

Recent Developments In Information Technology Law – First Quarter 2014

U.S. SUPREME COURT - Patents - As reported at 87 BNA’s PTCJ 332, on December 6, 2013, the Supreme Court grants a petition for writ of certiorari in a case challenging software method and system patent...more

Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

How Many Pieces Of Flair Do You Have? Obtaining Merchandising Rights From Actors

A recent decision from the US federal courts offers a timely reminder of the importance for producers of specifically spelling out that they are obtaining “merchandising” rights from all actors performing in their film or TV...more

Copyright Claims Based on Submission of Prior Art to Patent Office Finally Dismissed: Were They The “Weakest Infringement Claims...

Copyright Claims Based on Submission of Prior Art to Patent Office Finally Dismissed: Were They The “Weakest Infringement Claims of All Time”? In April 2012, we reported on four copyright lawsuits filed by the American...more

ALIS – A Legal Guide For Writers

The good folks at Nova Scotia’s Artists’ Legal Information Society (ALIS) have published their free Legal Guide for Writers, a solid plain-English resource which will prove useful both for authors and their lawyers. Published...more

Intellectual Property Infringement on the Internet: What Court to Call?

The internet does not know any national borders; website content can be viewed from anywhere in the world. This raises the question of what court has jurisdiction when the content of a website infringes on intellectual...more

YouTube – Telecinco 2-0. And in Italy?

Liable or not liable… this is the recurring dilemma in many jurisdictions. Is Youtube (Google) liable for the infringing contents uploaded by Youtube users?...more

ADR and the Rising Tide of Copyright Litigation

Copyright disputes could soon outnumber patent infringement matters in the United States. This marks a significant shift, and stands poised to re-shape the IP litigation landscape....more

Watch Out for Trademark and Copyright Registration Scams!

The requirements for registering trademarks, copyrights and business names can sometimes be puzzling. A variety of new scams are targeting people unfamiliar with the process by demanding payment for registering or renewing...more

Defining Copyright Infringement

The Supreme Court recently addressed the approach to assessment of copyright infringement in the case of Cinar Corporation v Robinson, 2013 SCC 73, and thereby provided some important guidance to courts facing similar...more

Shia LaBeouf and the Case for Copyright Infringement

Last week the story du jour in the zany world of entertainment law blogging was actor Shia LaBeouf’s foray into film-making with his short film HowardCantour.com. It is now internet gospel that Mr. LaBeouf’s film blatantly...more

Software Publishers Use Internet Posts to Aid in Infringement Claims

Software publishers and audit associations are reviewing web sites and on-line profiles in an effort to aid in copyright infringement enforcement. Representations made on web sites and professional networking profiles has at...more

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