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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

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018

FDA Announces Intent Not to Enforce Portions of FSMA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will not enforce certain provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because the agency needs...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Airbnb avoids liability for lease violations; Short-lived successes at Room Key; Hopper makes...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The first installment of our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2018 is below. A mix of stories in this week’s Update....more

Top 10 Highlights of Canadian IP Law and Practice in 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

2017 was a year of significant developments to Canadian IP law and practice, with important court decisions and numerous legislative amendments. We have taken the opportunity to review the top 10 highlights from the past...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

Heavy jail sentence handed down on illegal set-top boxes sellers in Hong Kong

by Hogan Lovells on

On 28 December 2017, the District Court of Hong Kong handed down sentences varying from 21 to 27 months’ imprisonment against 3 individuals who took part in a scheme that enabled users of the “Maige Set Top Box” (the “Maige...more

Unclaimed Features Doom Patent Claims Under Section 101 Eligibility Analysis — Lessons from Two-Way Media

When claims are subject to the subject matter eligibility inquiry under 35 USC 101, details matter. In previous posts, the Patent 213 blog has stressed the need to provide details of the invention not only in the...more

Anonymous Internet Users Beware: New Presumption in Favor of Unmasking the Losing Anonymous Defendant

Following a recent decision from the Sixth Circuit, anonymous bloggers and other Internet users who post third-party copyrighted material without authorization have cause for concern. They may be unable to preserve their...more

2018: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

Happy 2018 to our readers! It has become a Socially Aware tradition to start the New Year with some predictions from our editors and contributors. With smart contracts on the horizon, the Internet of Things and...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

DSM Watch: Leaked JRC Study calls into question neighbouring right for press publishers

by Hogan Lovells on

The evolution of a new neighbouring right for press publishers is currently the subject of wide and heated debate. The European Commission proposed such a right in Article 11 of its proposal for a new directive on copyright...more

.NL leads the way in the fight against malicious online activity

by Hogan Lovells on

Malicious activities are an ongoing problem across the Internet and growth is increasing as a result of ever more sophisticated phishing attacks.  One ccTLD Registry that has demonstrated it is taking these issues very...more

What’s up with WHOIS? The GDPR May Limit or Prevent Access to Domain Name Registration Information

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Domain name registrars and registries might soon be changing their mantra from, “I think ICANN,” to, “Maybe ICANN’T,” when it comes to providing publicly available WHOIS information for domain name registrants. New potential...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

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

Trademark Priority: Risks of Too Much Secrecy and "Use in Commerce"

by Revision Legal on

Trademark protection in the United States is based on “use in commerce.” Sometimes, competing businesses arrive at the same branding concept at about the same time, raising questions of trademark priority. With respect to...more

‘Secret’ keys to effective legal demands and responses

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Internet disputes are often resolved through correspondence. But effective dispute-resolving correspondence often differs from what most people think of as “cease-and-desist letters,” “lawyer letters” or...more

Trademark Practice Update: Scandalous? Immoral? It's all Good

On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Lanham Act’s prohibitions on registering scandalous and immoral marks discriminated based on content, and violated the First Amendment (In...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

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

Ultra Violet is the New Black

The color purple has long been associated with royalty, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 --the year of the next royal wedding-- is PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based...more

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

by Hogan Lovells on

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual...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

DMCA Safe Harbors Will Discontinue for Websites and Internet Service Providers that Fail to Electronically Register their...

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Proprietors of websites that host user generated content and online search engines and directories have long benefitted from the safe harbors available to them under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). These safe...more

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