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Passing Off and Taking Credit for Architectural Plans
September 22, 2014

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued a decision in Gensler v. Strabala, overturning a district court’s ruling dismissing a complaint for trademark infringement under §43(a) of the Lanham Act. Strabala, a former Design Director and architect for the architectural firm Gensler & Associates, formed his own design firm, 2Define Architecture. The 2Define Architecture web....... Read More


    USPTO Cancels Washington, D.C. NFL Franchise's Trademark Registrations
    June 19, 2014

      The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a decision yesterday cancelling six federal trademark registrations owned by the Washington, D.C. National Football League franchise. The cancellation proceeding was brought by five Native American petitioners on the basis that the marks disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). The Trademark Trial and....... Read More


      2014 Supreme Court Cases Relating to Intellectual Property
      January 16, 2014

        On January 10, 2014 the Supreme Court agreed to review a variety of intellectual property cases in the upcoming session, including two patent cases, a copyright case, and a trademark case (including Lanham Act claim). A brief overview of these cases is provided and more detail will be available once decisions are entered by the Court. Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. (U.S., No. 12-786.) Ques....... Read More


        Flawed Evidence Undercuts "Charbucks" Trademark Suit
        November 27, 2013

          In Starbucks Corp. v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision denying injunctive relief in Starbucks’ trademark case against Black Bear Micro Roastery over Black Bear’s use of “Charbucks” for coffee. Starbucks sued Black Bear in 2001, alleging, among other things, trademark dilution in violation of 1....... Read More


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          February 21, 2013

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            Supreme Court: NFL collective licensing of trademarks not immune from Section 1 antitrust scrutiny
            May 26, 2010

              Monday the Supreme Court unanimously held the NFL's practice of collectively licensing the trademarks of all 32 individual teams is not immune from antitrust scrutiny under Section 1 of the Sherman Act. The NFL argued that because the marks are all licensed through a single entity, NFL Properties, there was no "contract, combination, . . . or conspiracy" under § 1, and therefore there could ....... Read More


              Leo Stoller v. Google: the final chapter?
              March 21, 2007

                Over at the TTABlog, John Welch has a report about what appears to be the final chapter in notorious "intellectual property entrepreneur" Leo Stoller's fight with Google over the rights to the Google trademark. Mr. Stoller, through his various entities, had both opposed Google's application to register the Google mark and also filed for registration on the Google mark for exercise balls and other sports equipment....... Read More


                Seventh Circuit issues a stinker of an opinion in copyright case
                March 20, 2007

                  The Seventh Circuit succinctly sums up the field of commerce of its decision today in JCW Investments, Inc. v. Novelty, Inc.: Somewhat to our surprise, it turns out that there is a niche market for farting dolls, and it is quite lucrative. The case presents some interesting issues, such as whether the copyright in such a doll is valid and infringed, whether greater attorney fees may be awarded under the copy....... Read More


                  USPTO to cease emailing full trademark office actions (updated 4/27)
                  March 19, 2007

                    In an effort to simplify transmittal of trademark office actions, the USPTO today announced that it will soon stop emailing trademark office actions to applicants. Instead, emails will be sent containing a link to the office action in the TDR (Trademark Document Retrieval) system. This will avoid the problems of large attachments requiring multiple emails to send the complete office action, as is sometimes neces....... Read More


                    Where is the real "Icebox of the Nation"?
                    February 20, 2007

                      In what can only be described as a chilling trademark dispute, the cities of International Falls, Minnesota and Fraser, Colorado are battling over the right to call their respective cities the "Icebox of the Nation." At issue is International Falls' trademark registration, number 1599660, for "COLD WEATHER TESTED CITY OF INTERNATIONAL FALLS IN THE ICEBOX OF THE NATION." The cities were in....... Read More


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