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Anything Your Heart Designs: Swarovski Hit with Copyright Infringement of Galatea’s “Two In One Heart” Design

by Knobbe Martens on

On December 4, 2017 Galatea Jewelry (“Galatea” or “Plaintiff”) filed a copyright infringement suit in the District Court for the Central District of California against the well-known crystal jewelry producer and retailer...more

Army v. NHL – Another Challenge for Vegas Golden Knights

Another update on my series of posts following the trademark troubles of the NHL newest expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights....more

More Fair Use of the Super Bowl Trademark?

Downtown Minneapolis is starting to come alive for upcoming Super Bowl LII, you can feel the energy building and commerce flowing, new ads and signage being erected almost daily...more

Celebrities, personality rights and privacy: what marketers need to know about permission

by Smart & Biggar on

William Shatner made headlines in November when he took to Twitter to express his displeasure that his name and likeness were used without his permission to promote a condo development in Hamilton, Ontario. The development in...more

Copyright Basics

by Workman Nydegger on

Copyright protection is contemplated under the Constitution of the United States and governed by the U.S. Copyright Act. More specifically, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution includes...more

Sail On: Former Commodores Guitarist Fails to Establish Rights in Band's Trademark

Who owns a band’s trademark when that band is composed of multiple people? And more importantly, what rights does a band member have in that trademark when they leave the band? Earlier this week, the Eleventh Circuit...more

Super Bowl Ambush Marketing Games Begin?

We continue to have Super Bowl LII on our minds here in the Twin Cities. It’s hard to avoid thinking about the upcoming “Big Game” with ads like these blanketing our skyway maze...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Crowdsourced Content in Video Games: How Ownership Issues Almost “Ganked” a Copyright Case - In Blizzard Entertainment v. Lilith Games (Shanghai) Company, a federal court denied a motion for partial summary judgment for...more

Music Publishing Company Sues Spotify for $1.6 Billion

Spotify has a growing copyright problem and as previously discussed on this blog, they are no stranger to copyright infringement lawsuits. Wixen Music Publishing Inc. recently filed a complaint seeking $1.6 billion in...more

China: Annual online piracy crackdown campaign 2017: Results announced

by Hogan Lovells on

The results of the 2017 edition of China’s annual online piracy crackdown campaign, called the “Sword Net Action” (????), were recently published. As we announced earlier, the 2017 crackdown campaign promised to take a heavy...more

Creative Trademark Enforcement Part II: Shutting Down The Upside Down

Over the past few years, we have seen numerous instances of companies protecting their trademarks in creative ways – approaches that leverage humor and the brands themselves in order to achieve an acceptable legal outcome...more

Oh, the Places Copyright and Trademark Law Go!

In a case described by the judge as presenting an “important question regarding the emerging ‘mash-up’ culture,” a jury will consider the copyright and trademark claims raised by a Star Trek version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the...more

The Curious Case of Comic Con; Or is it Comic-Con?

by Workman Nydegger on

On Friday, December 8, 2017, a jury in San Diego, California found that Salt Lake Comic Con infringed the trademark of San Diego Comic-Con. The jury found, however, that the infringement was not willful and therefore awarded...more

#SBLII: #HereWeGo?

We’ve come a long way from April 1, 2017, until now, with the steady drumbeat — and ads galore — in preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl LII in downtown Minneapolis...more

Intellectual Property Basics

by Jackson Walker on

This handout provides an entry level discussion of intellectual property and sets out IP action steps. TABLE OF CONTENTS - Introduction - Trademarks - Copyrights - Patents - Trade Secrets - Keep Attorneys From...more

Empire Strikes Back: First Amendment Protects TV Series Title

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of trademark infringement specific to the title of an expressive work, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s conclusion that Twentieth Century Fox’s use of the name...more

Ruling In Lawsuit Over Fox’s Use Of “Empire” Extends Permitted Use Of Third-Party Trademarks

by Weintraub Tobin on

Did you ever wonder why some movies use fictional names for companies or sports teams? TV and movie producers intentionally avoid using brand or company names in order to avoid any potential of an entanglement with a...more

Dr. Dre Wins Partial Summary Judgment in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Andre Romelle Young, a.k.a Dr. Dre, was awarded partial summary judgement after a Kentucky federal judge found the hip-hop mogul and NWA member not liable for copyright infringement of plaintiff’s sound recording. ...more

Text, blood and rock 'n' roll

by DLA Piper on

A recent case involving the legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is noteworthy not only for the fame of its parties, but also for its important and expansive outcome regarding an important eDiscovery issue. In Ronnie Van Zant,...more

Three Point Shot - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Showdown over Mayweather – McGregor Streaming Glitches Knocked out of District Court - All boxing fan Victor Mallh ("Mallh" or "Plaintiff") wanted for the holidays this year was a chance to stand toe-to-toe with...more

No Liability for Self-Publishing Platforms over Author’s Use of Unauthorized Cover Photo

In a brief, unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of right of publicity and privacy claims against a host of self-publishing platforms and service providers for distributing an erotic (and purported...more

A Christmastime Copyright Tale Featuring A (Very) Grown Up Cindy-Lou Who

Are you sick and tired of the Christmas spirit? Apparently, you are not alone. Meet Matthew Lombardo, the author of a comedic play called Who’s Holiday! Billed as “the show Dr. Seuss doesn’t want you to see,” Who’s...more

Dr. Seuss is Drooling Over Court’s Pre-Holiday Ruling

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You know of this lawsuit, we’ve blogged on it twice, It’s time for a check-in, to see who’s naughty and nice. The Plaintiff as you know is the heir of Dr. Seuss, And fussing and fuming about an alleged unfair use....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As widely expected, the Fed affirmed the general strength of the US economy today by raising the benchmark interest rate again today—the 5th raise since the financial crisis....more

Copyright Claim from Out of the Blue

Leslie Weller has sued Gillian Flynn, author of the book Gone Girl and a host of others, for infringing Wellers’s copyright in a novel titled Out of the Blue. What is interesting about this case (aside from the fact that...more

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