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Streamlined Canadian trademark litigation — Court of Appeal opens door to full compensation

by Smart & Biggar on

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal sheds light on a streamlined litigation procedure that brand owners may find attractive. In Group III International Ltd v Travelway Group International Ltd, 2017 FCA 215...more

Business Litigation Report - November 2017

The Un-Crisis Crisis Law and Strategy Group - No Two Situations Are Alike—That’s the Challenge “How fast can you get to…” “Let’s see. I just got back from London. We’ll be there tomorrow.” As our founder John Quinn...more

November 2017: Seven Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

Justice Neil Gorsuch began his first full Term on the Supreme Court this October, with court-watchers eagerly anticipating which cases the Supreme Court will take and waiting to see how Justice Gorsuch will affect the...more

Jay-Z Pleads Court to Remove Him from the Spotlight

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Jay-Z does not want to be in the spotlight- at least not the spotlight of a New York federal judge. This past April, the hip-hop tycoon and Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company, were sued by Iconix Brand Group, Inc....more

Unlicensed Use of a Festival Name May Result in a Not-So-Festive Trademark Lawsuit

by Knobbe Martens on

Music festivals, film festivals, food festivals….festivals are popular venues for entertainment and each festival strives to offer the consumer a unique experience. Of course, at most festivals, clothes must be (or should be)...more

Google Gets Their Attorneys’ Fees Back for Having to Fight Off a Weak Patent Infringement Suit

by Knobbe Martens on

Judgments and Awards - On September 25, 2017, a federal court in San Jose, CA awarded the Defendants Google, YouTube, and On2 Technologies $820,321.41 in attorney’s fees. The Court previously held the Plaintiff Max Sound...more

Defendant TM Brands Receives $1.5 Million for Trademark Infringement of their TechnoMarine® Watch Trademarks

by Knobbe Martens on

Judgments and Awards - On October 3, 2017, a federal court in Miami, FL awarded TM Brands $1,500,000 pursuant to a stipulated agreement reached during trial. In 2015, Casa Dimitri sued TM Brands for trademark infringement...more

Controversial “Gripe Site” Protected (Again) by the Communications Decency Act and Defeats Novel Copyright Attack with Website...

The controversial consumer gripe site, RipoffReport.com, is at it again. The First Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that RipoffReport.com was entitled to immunity under Section 230 of the Communications...more

No Fairytale Ending for Unauthorized Movie Streaming

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction against an online video streaming service, finding that the movie studio plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits for violations under the...more

Cloud Computing: A New Target for Uniloc

As Cloud IPQ will continue to demonstrate, a growing but often overlooked trend of NPE patent litigations against cloud computing providers and users has emerged in recent years. While many NPEs target big technology...more

No Free Ride for Copycat Perfume Company – Fair Use Rejected, False Advertising Found, Accounting of Profits Awarded

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Well-known perfume marketer Coty Inc. had a big win in New York federal district court, obtaining injunctive relief and $6.5 million dollars in an accounting of profits from copycat perfume seller Excell Brands, LLC. In an...more

9th Circuit’s VidAngel decision vindicates lawful video filtering service

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, decided August 24 by the 9th Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy”; the movie studios’ collective effort to kill filtering. This is far from the truth....more

Red Wings vs Right Wings: Copyright Tarnishment and Other Lessons

by Revision Legal on

We wrote recently about our outrage at white nationalists modifying and using the Detroit Red Wing’s famous “winged wheel” logo. Our outrage continues and we take a closer look at the potential lawsuit that might be in order....more

Ninth Circuit Construes Family Movie Act and Affirms Injunction Against Streaming Service

by Snell & Wilmer on

In December 2016, a California federal court issued a preliminary injunction against VidAngel, Inc.’s custom-filtered video streaming service. Thursday, in Hollywood Studios v. VidAngel, Inc., a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed...more

A Bold Victory for Copyright Fair Use

Get your webcams ready: the reaction video genre got a huge shot in the arm from the Southern District of New York this week. h3h3 Productions, a popular YouTube channel with well over four million subscribers, has been...more

Ending Data Scraping Dispute, Craigslist Reaches $31M Settlement with Instamotor

Craigslist has used a variety of technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to, or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes. For...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant (Updated)

by Knobbe Martens on

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has awarded Tiffany & Co. $11.1 million in treble profits and $8.25 million in punitive damages. Judge Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Costco’s management “displayed...more

Gotta Wanna Needa Getta Hava Injunction

Bojangles International, LLC — originator of the Cajun Filet Biscuit that it promotes with the jingle “GottaWannaNeedaGettaHava” — has sued Hardees for selling a Cajun Chicken Biscuit and using the phrase...more

Global injunctions available against search engines, rules Supreme Court of Canada

by DLA Piper on

The Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision on June 28, 2017 in which a broad worldwide injunction was upheld restraining Google from including certain websites in its search results anywhere in the world....more

Procure and Enforce—Canada's Highest Court Hands IP Owners Two Wins in Three Days

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued two IP decisions in the span of three days—both of which spell victory for IP rights-holders. One case confirms the availability of a novel form of worldwide injunction where a non-party...more

Can’t Say “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” for Copying Me

by Knobbe Martens on

On June 1, 2017, noted music and fashion photographer Danny Clinch filed suit in the Southern District of New York in connection with the use of two photographs of famed rapper Tupac Shukar (“Tupac”) on t-shirts. The...more

Supreme Court of Canada states “The Internet has no borders” in upholding global injunction in search results case

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The Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Google v. Equustek, 2017 SCC 34, today, upholding an injunction requiring a non-party to an infringement action, Google, to remove links to infringing websites from its...more

Court holds that displaying photos requires more than making them available

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

While a donut with no hole may be a Danish, a photograph is not publicly displayed if the public never sees it. And in photography copyright cases, these near metaphysical questions matter....more

Captain Morgan makes Admiral Nelson’s walk the plank

by Smart & Biggar on

Smart & Biggar prevails at trial on behalf of Diageo in trade dress case. On June 12, 2017, the Federal Court issued its 99-page decision in Diageo Canada Inc v Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc et al, 2017 FC 571. The Court...more

Matal v. Tam: Trademark Disparagement Clause Held Unconstitutional

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held in an 8–0 decision that the disparagement clause in the Trademark statute—which prohibits the registration of trademarks that may “disparage . . . or bring . . . into contemp[t] or disrepute”...more

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