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Lanham Act Trademarks

Recovering Attorneys’ Fees Is Not a Snap

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing an award of attorney’s feeds under the Lanham Act and Second Circuit law, as well as under the Patent Act, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the issue of attorneys’ fees and...more

Supreme Court Corner Q3 2017

by DLA Piper on

MATAL V. TAM - Simon Shiao Tam leads a dance-rock band and sought to trademark the band's name: The Slants. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) upheld the PTO's decision not to register the mark under § 2(a),...more

Reverse confusion actions: how conflicting court standards may affect outcomes

by DLA Piper on

Online and social media marketing make it possible for small startups to broaden their brand exposure, expanding their consumer base without bearing enormous advertising expenditures. For a small company – the first to use a...more

Flawed Consumer Survey Wipes Out $54 Million Verdict in Trademark Infringement Dispute

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In trademark infringement cases, consumer survey evidence can be a powerful tool. It can also badly malfunction, as Black & Decker recently experienced. ...more

Court Finds Trademarked Words Can Be Used To Describe Property’s History

On July 14, 2017, the Eastern District of Kentucky found that the use of trademarked words to describe a property’s history is not trademark use. In 2014, Peristyle, LLC purchased the abandoned Old Taylor Distillery in...more

Do I Need To Trademark Under State Law?

by Revision Legal on

Many are familiar with trademark registration under federal law. Some may not know that trademark registration is also available under state laws. In general, registering a trademark under state law is unnecessary, but there...more

Gavel to Gavel: Scandalous and immoral (trademarks)

by McAfee & Taft on

Since 1946, federal law has prohibited registration of scandalous, immoral and disparaging trademarks. This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court found the prohibition on disparaging trademarks to be unconstitutional, creating...more

Are Offensive Trademark Registrations On The Rise?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down the constitutionality of section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which as enacted barred the registration of disparaging trademarks, there is reason to believe...more

The Washington Redskins Win Their Trademark Battle in Overtime

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Simon Tam of the Asian rock band, The Slants, probably was not envisioning an 8-year-long legal battle when he chose the group’s name. Slant is known as a racial slur for Asians. Tam hoped to strip the term of its derogatory...more

Ongoing Family Feud over Earnhardt Name

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) finding that EARNHARDT was not primarily merely a surname, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit remanded the case to the TTAB to clarify its surname analysis....more

Two Recent Decisions Highlight Divergent Extraterritorial Application of Lanham Act and Copyright Act

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

The question whether and under what circumstances the Lanham Act and the Copyright Act will be applied to conduct occurring at least partially outside the United States grows increasingly important as the world economy...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

Use It or Lose It; What Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Can Do To Protect Their Trademarks from Becoming Abandoned

by Mulcahy LLP on

Trademark abandonment can be an issue for breweries, wineries and distilleries who may offer certain products for limited periods of time or in discrete markets and then attempt to bring them back years later. Abandonment is...more

More Details on Matal v. Tam: Are Other Parts of The Lanham Act at Risk?

by Revision Legal on

As we recently discussed in June, the US Supreme Court declared the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act unconstitutional as a violation of the free speech clause of the First Amendment. In general, the disparagement clause...more

In Matal V. Tam, Scotus Rules Prohibition On Disparaging Trademarks Unconstitutional

The Asian American members of the band the Slants adopted that name to “reclaim” and “take ownership” of the derogatory term. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) refused to register a trademark application...more

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 Detroit Red Wings’ Trademark Case Against Right Wing “Identitarians”

by Revision Legal on

It is difficult not to talk about the absolute tragedy, disaster, or other-worldliness of the events in Charlottesville, VA. Plenty of smart people have weighed in on its implications and our President’s response. I won’t add...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

This was a busy week for precedential cases at the Circuit. In AIA v. Avid, the Circuit rules that there is no right to a jury trial as to requests for attorney fees under § 285. In Romag v. Fossil, a majority rules that the...more

Federal Circuit: Lanham Act Fee Awards Should Be Lead-Free

Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Octane Fitness, most clients ask what the chances are that they will recover their attorneys fees. This is always a tricky question and is even more complicated in trademark infringement...more

Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition Action

by Dickinson Wright on

On behalf of the nationally well-known professional boxing promoter, New Jersey Sports Productions, d/b/a Main Events, Samuel Littlepage (Member, Washington, D.C.) and Melissa Alcantara (Member, Washington, D.C.) have filed a...more

Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These...more

AD-ttorneys@law

by BakerHostetler on

Kirsten Kjaer Weis, a respected Danish makeup artist who is well known by her initials “KKW” and for her KW-branded “natural, organic, luxury” cosmetics and skin care line, filed a complaint in late July against the queen of...more

Fictional, but Protectable: Court Finds Planned Real-World “The Krusty Krab” Restaurant Would Violate Viacom’s Trademark Rights

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Summary Judgment Order, Viacom International Inc. v. IJR Capital Investments, LLC, S.D. Tex. (January 11, 2017) (Judge Gray Miller) - The Emmy nominations have been announced, and the fall television season is just weeks...more

Who vs. What: 4 Steps to Prevent Your Trademark from Falling in the 'Genericide' Abyss

Recently the Ninth Circuit ruled that Google’s trademark for search engines has not become generic and is still enforceable as to search engines. As Bayer learned with its previously-existing trademark aspirin, when a court...more

Federal Trademark Registration, the First Amendment, and Freedom of Speech: Part I

Looking forward to sharing the podium with Joel MacMull of the Archer firm (counsel for Simon Tam, where our friend Ron Coleman is a partner) to discuss “Trademark Registration and the First Amendment,” on September 28th at...more

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