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Summary Judgment Trademarks

Good News for Game Developers: Court Extends Protections for Using Others’ Trademarks in the Advertising of Artistic Works

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a move that will likely benefit game developers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explicitly held that First Amendment protection extends to use of third-party trademarks in the commercial promotion of an...more

Supreme Court Rejects Louis Vuitton’s Request for Appeal Against Parody Tote Bag Company

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Louis Vuitton is no stranger to the court. For years, the luxury fashion label, headed by creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, has battled high-profile cases over parody bags. Those cases have involved dog toys, Super Bowl...more

Comic-Con’s Copycat Convention Suit Moves Forward

A jury will decide if the term “Comic-Con” is generic after a federal court judge in California recently denied summary judgment in favor of the trademark holders....more

Summary Judgment “Disfavored” for Resolving Fair Use Trademark Defense

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Examining the issue of trademark fair use, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court grant of summary judgment in favor of a promotional products company and remanded the case for reconsideration...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

Much Ado About Shoe Designs – Favorable Rulings for Adidas on Summary Judgment in Skechers Trademark Dispute

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On August 3, 2017, the shoe manufacturer Adidas scored important legal victories in its long-running trademark dispute with the shoemaker Skechers. Adidas America, Inc. et al. v. Skechers USA, Inc. (D. Or. 2017) involved...more

Hair Care Company Can’t Wash Away Absence of Infringement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an opinion concerning likelihood of confusion of a weak mark, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed partial summary judgment in favor of a defendant in a trademark infringement case concerning hair care...more

Google Escapes Genericide Claim in Ninth Circuit Decision

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit rejected a petition for cancellation of the GOOGLE trademark based on a “genericide” theory that claimed Google should lose its trademark protection because the word “google” has become...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms GOOGLE Is Not Generic

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the GOOGLE trademark had not become generic, providing guidance on preventing genericide. Elliott et al. v. Google, Inc., No. 15-cv-15809, 2017 US...more

Googling Google

by Weintraub Tobin on

“I googled it …” has become ubiquitous in every day conversation. Many of us refer to “googling” as the act of searching the internet regardless of whether we use the Google search engine to do so. But has our everyday use...more

Crabby Outcome for Seafood Restaurant in Trademark Lawsuit Against Steakhouse

by Reed Smith on

Phelan Holding, Inc. did not have its day in the sun when the Eleventh Circuit granted RARE Hospital Management, Inc.’s motion for summary judgment. Phelan and RARE are owners of casual dining restaurants, and the court found...more

Court of Appeal gets digital

by Dentons on

On March 27, 2017, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its endorsement in Boaden Catering Limited v. Real Food for Real Kids Inc., which concerns a dispute over domain name registrations. The upshot of the decision is...more

No False Advertising Where There Is No Injury or Statements Are Opinions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the standard for violating the Lanham Act’s false advertising provisions, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment for the defendant, finding that the...more

Lanham Act Cannot Be Used to Create “Species of Mutant Copyright Law”

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision granting summary judgment to a defendant that its use of digital files did not infringe plaintiff’s trademark or trade dress for its CD-Gs...more

SpongeBob Restaurant Found To Infringe Viacom’s Trademark

On January 11, 2017, the Southern District of Texas granted Viacom International Inc. summary judgment on its trademark infringement claim against IJR Capital Investments, LLC’s name for its proposed restaurant, “The Krusty...more

Sixth Circuit Drops the Beat: Social Media Relevant in Determining Likelihood of Confusion

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment, holding that the plaintiff provided insufficient evidence to find that relevant consumers were likely to confuse the sources of his and the...more

It’s in the Bag: True Parody Cannot Dilute Famous Mark

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a grant of summary judgment that a canvas tote bag with a drawing of an iconic handbag printed on its side did not infringe or dilute the trademark of the iconic high-end...more

Second Circuit Upholds Parody Defense, Tosses Louis Vuitton’s Trademark Suit

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In late December, the Second Circuit issued a ruling in Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A., v. My Other Bag, Inc., affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment for claims of trademark infringement and dilution of a...more

Another IP Lesson from Bikini Bottom: What “The Krusty Krab” Teaches Us About Trademark Protection for Fictional Places

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a previous post we discussed what SpongeBob SquarePants can teach us about trademark licensing. Now, more IP lessons are bubbling up from the fathoms below thanks to our absorbent, yellow and porous friend. ...more

Louis Vuitton Left Holding the Bag

In Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. My Other Bag, Inc., [16-241-cv] (December 22, 2016), the Second Circuit affirmed summary judgment for My Other Bag that its parody bag did not infringe or dilute Louis Vuitton’s trademark...more

Litigation Alert: In Louis Vuitton Trademark Suit, Second Circuit Says Parody Prevails Even if Brand Owner Doesn’t “Get” the Joke

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the Southern District of New York’s order on summary judgment that My Other Bag’s canvas tote bags do not dilute or infringe Louis Vuitton’s trademarks for...more

AGG Litigation Insights Newsletter - Fall 2016

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Social media is everywhere, and while it gives businesses an unprecedented opportunity to reach a record number of consumers at a minimal cost, it can prove to be a double edged sword when disgruntled employees or customers,...more

A Day Late And A Dollar Short – Court Grants Summary Judgment On Laches Defense

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Summary Judgment On Dropbox Laches Claims, Dropbox, Inc. v. Thru Inc., Case No. 15-cv-01741-EMC (Judge Edward M. Chen) - The proverb “[e]quity aids the vigilant, not the sleeping ones” aptly describes the...more

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

by Knobbe Martens on

In February of 2013, high-end jeweler Tiffany & Co. sued Costco Wholesale Corp. in the federal court for the Southern District of New York for using the designation “Tiffany setting” since 2007 in the sale of two styles of...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: Who’s on First?, Virtual Lockers and Lanham Act Fee-Shifting

by WilmerHale on

Copyright Opinions - Second Circuit Permits Distribution of Cloud-Based Samples, But Declines to Consider “Novel” Cloud Storage Infringement Issue: Smith v. Barnesandnoble.com, LLC, No. 15-3508 (2d Cir. October 6,...more

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