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Three Point Shot - June 2014

Federal Circuit Leaves Cobra Golf Co. in the Rough - It's dormie. On Eighteen. You're in great shape, having hit a solid drive, leaving yourself a fairway lie and a mid-iron into a back-right Sunday pin. Feeling good...more

Having “Just Ship It” Reluctance?

Seth Godin – famous for inspiring those who create to “shipit” — took the opportunity yesterday to respond to those who contend he encourages others to “just ship it.”...more

Brandmarking: Thoughts On The Creation, Protection, And Enforcement Of Brand Identity

In This Issue: - Much Ado About YAHOO! - Lawsuits Can Be Easier to Get Into Than to Get Out Of - Johnny Football, Inc. - Excerpt from Johnny Football, Inc.: It should come as no surprise that...more

Driving Differentiation

Jason Voiovich, Director of Corporate Marketing, Logic PD Co-Branding outside of the footwear industry helps create competitive space with Nike...more

The Katten Kattwalk – Spring 2013

In this issue: - Questions Left Unanswered by Louboutin Case - Supreme Court Rules on Covenant Not to Sue - An Eye for Fashion: New York Magazine Presents New York’s - Women Leaders in the...more

Invalidity Counterclaims in IP Litigation: Supreme Court Rules on Effect of Covenants Not to Sue

On January 9, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., holding that a broad covenant not to enforce a trademark against certain products of a competitor moots the competitor’s action to...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2013

In This Bulletin: - Just Moot It: Supreme Court in Already v. Nike Clarifies When a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment Case - Murky Waters: Post-Approval Regulatory Activities and the §...more

Trademark Review - Volume 3 | Issue 2 February 2013

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Based on Nike's Broad Covenant Not to Sue - Hershey Cannot Kiss SWISSKISS Chocolates Goodbye - Luulemon's Design Mark is Rejected as Merely...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: *News From the Bench - Enough Already, Supreme Court Tells Petitioner in Mythology-Laced Opinion. - Divided Fed. Circuit Affirms Patentability of Claims to a 12-Can Dispenser...more

Enforcement Implications of Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc.

Brand owner's broad covenant not to sue may render invalidity counterclaims moot. On January 9, the U.S. Supreme Court in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc. held that a plaintiff trademark owner's dismissal of its infringement...more

A Covenant Not to Sue May Avoid Invalidity Claims

Last week, in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc. (opinion attached), the Supreme Court unanimously decided that the voluntary cessation doctrine, most often used when a defendant claims its voluntary compliance moots a case where it...more

If You Don’t Want Your Registration Cancelled, Grant Your Opponent a Covenant Not to Sue

The United States Supreme Court, which rarely gets involved in trademark cases, has ruled that when a Defendant in a Trademark infringement case countersues to cancel the Plaintiff’s registration, the Plaintiff can divest a...more

Just Moot It: Supreme Court in Already v. Nike Clarifies When a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment Case

In 2007, the Supreme Court in MedImmune v. Genentech broadened the scope of declaratory judgment jurisdiction, making it easier for parties fearing IP claims to bring defensive lawsuits. Last week, the Court made it easier...more

Supreme Court: Broad Covenant Not to Sue Negates Jurisdiction over Counterclaims for Non-Infringement and Cancellation of...

In Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the trademark plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of its infringement suit, together with a covenant not to sue, deprived the district court of...more

Already v. Nike: The Supreme Court Finds Covenant Not to Sue Made Competitor’s Claim for Invalidity of Trademark Moot

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion yesterday in the closely-watched case, Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc. In a decision that is almost certain to affect patent owners as well, the Court unanimously affirmed the Second...more

Supreme Court Holds Covenant Not to Sue Moots Counterclaim for Invalidity

In a unanimous decision issued in Already, LLC d/b/a/ Yums v. Nike (No. 11-982, January 9, 2013), the Supreme Court held that a plaintiff’s dismissal of a trademark infringement case, combined with a broad covenant not to...more

Supreme Court Decision May Allow Infringement Plaintiffs to Use a Covenant Not to Sue to Avoid an Invalidity Ruling

In an important intellectual property ruling likely to affect patent law as much as trademark law, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., No. 11-982 (U.S. Jan. 9, 2013), unanimously holding...more

Nike’s Successful Retreat Strategy: Trademark Defendant’s Invalidity Counterclaim Is Moot Following Plaintiff’s Covenant Not to...

Nike, having sued competitor Already LLC for infringing its marks, later issued a covenant not to sue to Already and sought to dismiss the case. Defendant Already, however, had filed a counterclaim seeking a declaration that...more

Supreme Court Upholds Nike’s Promise to “Break the Wrist, and Walk Away”

Not every day does the United States Supreme Court weigh in on a topic impacting the trademark world, but it did so yesterday in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., a case illustrating what can happen when a trademark plaintiff wants...more

Nike and Adidas on the Same Team?

Knowing how Adidas (or should I say, adidas) jealously guards its three stripe design on shoes, and is notorious for protecting against not only three, but two and four stripe buffers as well, my eyes were drawn to this...more

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