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Nike Prevails On Bag Check Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent court decision credited Nike’s time and motion study showing employees spent mere seconds of time in off-the-clock bag checks, finding the checks to be too trivial and difficult to capture to...more

Recent Design Decisions Provide Insight for Design Patent Prosecution

Three recent decisions relating to design patents provide useful insights into design patent prosecution. First, the PTAB recently instituted two IPR petitions directed to design patents, bringing the total number of...more

Joust Do It? A New Form of Nike Battle Cry?

By now, you’re familiar with my enjoyment in capturing and sharing new billboard signage that hits the streets of the Twin Cities. Question, what tagline might have inspired this one?...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

IVIKE, Can We Have Just a Little More Space?

Hat tip to Sri for capturing this image of a passing by backpack, illustrating how much a little spacing can end up making all the difference in the world, when it comes to brand identity...more

Air Jordan Logo Too Similar To Rob Gronkowski Logo, Says Nike

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Nike continues to flex its ever-growing muscles in protecting its lucrative Jumpman brand, blocking the NFL’s Rob Gronkowski’s registration of a silhouette of his signature touchdown spike earlier this week. In a Notice of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A banner round of stress-testing for the US’s biggest banks (all passed for the first time in the test’s 7-year history) is seen as paving the way for banks to pay out their largest dividends in nearly a decade....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #3

Stop Pulling My Leg: Pully Block Systems Not “Made in USA” - A distributor of pulley block systems agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission said were false, misleading and unsupported claims that its...more

Can Skechers Get a Second Bite at the IPR Apple?

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 5, 2017, Skechers U.S.A., Inc. filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to institute an Inter Partes Review (IPR2017-00607) (“current IPR petition”) of two design patents owned by Nike, Inc.:...more

JORDAN v. QIAODAN: The Lessons of Trademark Enforcement in China

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Whether or not you agree Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time, he is certainly well-known. And after an over four-year battle, China’s trademark courts have agreed....more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - More electric cars, more solar power expected as state struggles to reach tough new climate standards - San Jose Mercury News - Aug 28 - Under a landmark bill sent to Governor...more

The Olympic Branding Blackout

Has there been a more constant presence at the Rio Olympics than #brands? I saw it everywhere, from the Polo-branded opening ceremony garb (met with the requisite outrage) to Michael Phelps’ “MP” branded swimwear (of...more

Three Point Shot - Summer 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

800-Meter Champion Berian Eventually Outpaces Nike Endorsement Suit... Or Did He? World 800-meter champion Boris Berian is seemingly capable of out-running just about anything these days. Berian is just a year removed...more

Nike Voluntarily Dismisses Closely Watched Lawsuit Against Olympic Hopeful

by Miller Canfield on

Nike has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit it had filed against middle-distance runner and Olympic hopeful Boris Berian. At issue was whether Berian breached an endorsement agreement with Nike when—after the agreement’s...more

Benesch’s 2nd Annual 3D Printing Seminar (A Summary Repeat)

by Benesch on

Several hundred business leaders, engineers, attorneys and academics gathered last week for an annual symposium on 3D Printing hosted by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. The ability to form physical objects from...more

Federal Circuit Remands PTAB’s Denial of Motion to Amend in IPR - Nike, Inc. v. Adidas AG

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denying a motion to amend claims under inter partes review (IPR), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit remanded the matter to the Board for...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.17.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As expected, the Fed kept interest rates at current levels and “once again pared its plans for raising interest rates, citing the weakness of the global economy as a reason for greater caution about the prospects for domestic...more

Three Point Shot - February 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Copyright Suit Alleges Huckabee Campaign Lacks "Eye of the Tiger" - Mike Huckabee's poor performance in the Iowa caucuses – leading to his subsequent withdrawal from the race – isn't his only concern lately....more

Battle Between Sneaker Makers Nike and Adidas Will Go Another Round

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided an appeal earlier this month in a long-running battle between footwear manufacturers Nike and Adidas that gives Patent Owner Nike a partial (and perhaps fleeting) victory....more

Athletic Shoe Lawsuits are Off and Running

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Sneakers have been around for a very long time – at least since the late 1800’s. The first patent for a rubber heel for shoes was granted in 1899, and the first patent for “athletic shoes” issued in 1921, although it related...more

Federal Circuit Provides Guidance on Motions to Amend in IPR

In Nike v. Adidas, the Federal Circuit today gave patent owners in IPR the beginnings of a roadmap for how to successfully amend claims in an IPR. Readers of this blog will know by now that the PTAB rarely grants motions to...more

Substituting Claims During IPRs: Nike v. Adidas May Give Patent Owners Renewed Hope

by Locke Lord LLP on

Patent owners continue to express frustration at the inability to amend claims during inter partes review proceedings (IPRs). IPRs are patent validity challenges conducted at the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeals...more

CAFC Partially Relaxes IdleFree Requirements for Amendments During IPR

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On February 11, 2016, in Nike v. Adidas (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit partially relaxed the hurdle for a patent owner to amend claims during an IPR or other AIA proceeding. This follows the PTAB’s own earlier partial...more

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Ads

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Where are we going? The future. Well, 1985’s future, as predicted in 1989. And technically, it’s not the future anymore; it’s the present (and soon, the past). You see, in the movie series Back to the Future, today, October...more

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