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Likelihood of Confusion

Likelihood of Confusion

Covers developments in trademark, copyright, new media and free speech. By Ron Coleman.

http://www.likelihoodofconfusion.com
  • Mar 6

    Best of 2011: I feel like a table-tennis ball!

    Best of 2011: I feel like a table-tennis ball!
    First published March 3, 2011.   When I saw Sergiy Sivochek’s post about the PING PONG trademark, I thought it sounded familiar — and it is!  Pamela Chestek and I swatted it back and forth down in the comments of…
  • Mar 4

    More of the same, but with sanction

    More of the same, but with sanction
    This morning something — call it intuition; call it server logs — made me go back and look at what was going in with a case I blogged about in December of 2014,  Philippe Charriol Ltd. v. A’lor Int’l Ltd.  At…
  • Feb 27

    Best of 2005: Power Line: Mary Mapes is a Year Late, and Way Short on Logic

    Best of 2005: Power Line: Mary Mapes is a Year Late, and Way Short on Logic
    First posted on September 30, 2005. The Powerline blog, appropriately, undertakes the definitive (if only preliminary) deconstruction and rebuttal of journalistic fraud Mary Mapes’s new revisionist history on the topic of last…
Rank this Week: 130

IPKat

IPKat

Covers copyright, patent, trade mark and privacy/confidentiality issues from a UK and European perspective.

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    Can a decision on the VAT Directive mean that there is no general digital exhaustion under EU copyright?

    Can a decision on the VAT Directive mean that there is no general digital exhaustion under EU copyright?
    Yesterday was a big IP day at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), with both the judgment in Copydan (private copying levies) [here] and the Opinion of Advocate General Jääskinen…
  • Mar 6

    Cindy Crawford: the picture that was, or wasn't ...

    Cindy Crawford: the picture that was, or wasn't ...
    This Kat is usually about as far away from the world of fashion as can be. Indeed, he barely recognized the name of Cindy Crawford when a picture of the 49-year supermodel went viral last month. What grabbed everyone's attention was…
  • Mar 6

    Friday fantasie

    Friday fantasie
    Forthcoming events. There's always plenty going on, so why not check, out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page and see if there's anything you fancy?  Not all the events cater for main-line IP interests: plenty of esoteric topics are…
Rank this Week: 87

Trending Trademarks

Trending Trademarks

Covers trademark issues affecting the fashion, high-tech, multimedia and consumer products industries. By Sullivan & Worcester.

http://www.trendingtrademarks.com/
  • Mar 6

    Trademarks and Taylor Swift: Will She License Merchandise or Just Keep Others at Bay?

    Trademarks and Taylor Swift: Will She License Merchandise or Just Keep Others at Bay?
    Does Taylor Swift plan to become the Martha Stewart of the music world? It’s a question asked half in jest, but something to consider given Swift’s recent applications to apply trademarks of her song lyrics to a variety of…
  • Feb 11

    Strong Like Bull(y): Is Red Bull Overreaching, Or Just Trying To Protect Its Mark?

    Strong Like Bull(y): Is Red Bull Overreaching, Or Just Trying To Protect Its Mark?
    Recently, the maker of Red Bull energy drinks filed a notice of opposition against Old Ox Brewery’s trademark registration application, arguing that registration should be denied due to likelihood of confusion.  The opposition…
  • Feb 4

    Fabric So Rich Even Xerox® Can’t Copy It

    Fabric So Rich Even Xerox® Can’t Copy It
    Knock-off designs remain the bane of the designer’s existence and U.S. law still provides little in the way of intellectual property protection.  While many fabric designs meet the threshold of creativity necessary for protection,…
Rank this Week: 2866

43(B)log

43(B)log

Covers false advertising and intellectual property issues. By Professor Rebecca Tushnet.

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    PTO descriptiveness finding inadmissible where court ruled mark suggestive

    PTO descriptiveness finding inadmissible where court ruled mark suggestive
    Innovation Ventures, LLC v. NVE, Inc., 2015 WL 871137, No. 08–11867 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 27, 2015) Various evidentiary rulings in the latest round of this trademark/false advertising case over energy shots, the first of which presages…
  • Mar 5

    Irreparable harm webinar tomorrow

    Irreparable harm webinar tomorrow
    Please click on the link below to register for a timely lunchtime teleseminar where our panel of experts will address the status of “irreparable harm” in Lanham Act false advertising cases. Recent cases have suggested that…
  • Mar 4

    UK ad regulator finds Israel falsely advertised

    UK ad regulator finds Israel falsely advertised
    By implying that the Old City of Jerusalem was recognized as being in Israel, rather than in occupied Palestinian territories.  File under: having the First Amendment makes the US very…
Rank this Week: 48

Written Description

Written Description

Reviews recent scholarship in patent law, intellectual property theory, and innovation. By Christopher Suarez, Sarah Tran, and Tan Mau Wu.

http://writtendescription.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    Making Sense of Aesthetic Functionality

    Making Sense of Aesthetic Functionality
    One of my seminar students once wrote a paper on aesthetic functionality in trademark law, which limits product or packaging design in some (non-utilitarian) cases. She struggled mightily. Every time she came to me with a draft, I pointed to…
  • Mar 5

    More on Valuing the Public Domain

    More on Valuing the Public Domain
    Michael Risch previously posted on the study by Paul Heald, Kris Erickson, and Martin Kretschmer on the value of public domain photographs on Wikipedia. Those authors, along with Fabian Homberg and Dinusha Mendis, have posted a new paper,…
  • Mar 2

    Is Patent Discovery Different?

    Is Patent Discovery Different?
    Greg Reilly (Cal. Western School of Law) has posted Linking Patent Reform and Civil Litigation Reform.The article considers whether discovery reform in patent cases should be viewed in a vacuum. The abstract:Patent reform increasingly focuses…
Rank this Week: 4234

Technology & Marketing Law…

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Covers Internet, technology and online marketing legal issues. Published by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Eric Goldman.

http://blog.ericgoldman.org/
  • Mar 6

    Two Recent Spam Cases Look at Falsification of Origin and Subject Line Claim

    Two Recent Spam Cases Look at Falsification of Origin and Subject Line Claim
    Wagner v. Spire Vision: This is a spam lawsuit alleging receipt of emails in violation of California’s spam statute. There are 25 emails at issue. Header information claims: The California statute prohibits “falsified,…
  • Mar 4

    Adware Advertiser Sidesteps Liability

    Adware Advertiser Sidesteps Liability
    This case involves a browser plug-in from IMS, whose affiliates allegedly surreptitiously installed the plug-in on users’ computers. The plug-in allegedly caused pop-up ads to appear when users visited designated websites. Reed Elsevier…
  • Feb 25

    Which Was Dumber–Trash-Talking Tweeting, Or The Decision To Prosecute For It?

    Which Was Dumber–Trash-Talking Tweeting, Or The Decision To Prosecute For It?
    Robert Metzinger made the following four tweets during the 2013 World Series in St. Louis: Going to be tailgating with a #PressureCooker during games 3-4-5 in #STL during #WorldSeries. #STLStrong #GoCards #postseason from Springfield, MO.…
Rank this Week: 848

IPBiz

IPBiz

Intellectual property news affecting business and everyday life. From patent lawyer Lawrence B. Ebert.

http://ipbiz.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    Apple to go on Dow Jone

    Apple to go on Dow Jone
    Apple will replace AT&T on Dow Jones on a March 19, 2015.AT&T had been on the list since 1916.Meanwhile ,  Apple has a patent application for hydrophobic coatings of devices, likely including phones,
  • Mar 6

    Knepper / Lieb on 35 USC 101 issue

    Knepper / Lieb on 35 USC 101 issue
    From their post:--Since Jan. 1, 2015, and as of the writing of this article, there have been at least 13 decisions from federal district courts on motions challenging subject matter eligibility of the various asserted patents. Of these 13…
  • Mar 6

    Guillenwater at RollCall criticizes Goodlatte Innovation Act

    Guillenwater at RollCall criticizes Goodlatte Innovation Act
    From RollCall:--One of the most troubling provisions in the Innovation Act creates mandatory stays of discovery in patent infringement cases. Such mandatory stays would prolong litigation, increasing costs, while placing a company’s…
Rank this Week: 78

Statute of RyAnne

Statute of RyAnne

An entertainment and intellectual property blog.

http://www.statuteofryanne.com
  • Mar 6

    Copyright Law in the Classroom – Part 1

    Copyright Law in the Classroom – Part 1
    It is so interesting to see how copyright law now touches some aspect in many careers. Recently, my longtime friend, college roommate and now turned art teacher reached out to me with questions about copyright law. She wanted to educate her…
  • Feb 27

    Mrs. Saucier Goes to Washington

    Mrs. Saucier Goes to Washington
    Some nights you drift off to sleep knowing you fully lived into your purpose. This past week was such a week and has been information overload. I feel smarter than I did this time last week, which is always a really good thing. Still,…
  • Feb 20

    The “Worst Dressed” on Copyright’s Red Carpet

    The “Worst Dressed” on Copyright’s Red Carpet
    I LOVE the Academy Awards®. I might be sitting at home, but I am there. ALL there, at least you would think so by my failed attempts at Joan Rivers, may she rest in peace, type commentary of the clothing shown on the E! Red Carpet. Just…
Rank this Week: 3151

Patent Law Practice Center

Patent Law Practice Center

Features news, analysis and resources on patent law. From the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).

http://patentlawcenter.pli.edu
  • Mar 6

    Fee-Shifting Provisions Front and Center in Innovation Act

    Fee-Shifting Provisions Front and Center in Innovation Act
    In April 2014, the United States Supreme Court addressed the issue of awarding attorney’s fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 to successful litigants in a patent infringement proceeding. The decision in Octane Fitness,…
  • Mar 4

    What every startup needs to hear about patent

    What every startup needs to hear about patent
    Fatih Ozluturk is a prolific inventor, with 186 issued patents and 181 pending patent applications. His inventions have been licensed to every major cellular company, and have generated over $1 billion in licensing revenue. Today,…
  • Mar 2

    On the record with former WIPO Deputy Director Jim Pooley

    On the record with former WIPO Deputy Director Jim Pooley
    James Pooley is a U.S. patent attorney with over 35 years’ experience as a successful Silicon Valley trial lawyer. Most recently, however, Pooley spent 5 years in Geneva, Switzerland as a diplomat and manager of the international patent…
Rank this Week: 1108

Eastern District of Texas Federal…

Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice

Devoted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with special emphasis on patent litigation. By Michael C. Smith.

http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/
  • Mar 6

    Habeas Relief

    Habeas Relief
    Smith v. United States, E.D.Tex., March 02, 2015 (NO. 4:08CR107(7), 4:11CV745) Judge: Don Bush Holding: Petition for Habeas Corpus Relief Denied This opinion by Judge Bush in Plano provides a good overview of the contours of habeas petitions,…
  • Mar 3

    Tyler patent verdict - Smartflash v. Apple

    Tyler patent verdict - Smartflash v. Apple
    I am a little behind on this post since much of last week was either weather days or seminar, but I wanted to note that last Tuesday a Tyler jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff Smartflash against defendant...
  • Feb 24

    About that Verdict...

    About that Verdict...
    USEI v. TI, 6:11cv491 (2/19/15) Judge: Michael Schneider Holding: Motion for Application of Collateral Estoppel Granted Sometimes a verdict doesn't even get to the appellate stage before it is reversed. In 2009, the plaintiff in this case…
Rank this Week: 394

Docket Report Patent Infringement…

Docket Report Patent Infringement Blog

Detailing substantive events regarding patent cases in the district courts.

http://docketreport.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    No Institution of IPR for Indefinite Means-Plus-Function Claim

    No Institution of IPR for Indefinite Means-Plus-Function Claim
    The Board denied the petitioner's request for institution of an inter partes review of a patent related to landing and recovering a reusable launch vehicle at sea, as the challenged means-plus-function claims were not amenable to…
  • Mar 5

    Customized Proposal Preparation Patent Invalid Under Alice

    Customized Proposal Preparation Patent Invalid Under Alice
    The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's claims for infringement of its proposal preparation patents because the asserted patents lacked patentable subject matter. "[T]he asserted claims are directed to the abstract idea of…
  • Mar 4

    Assertion of Patent Claims After Unfavorable Claim Construction of Related Patents Warrants § 285 Attorney Fee Award

    Assertion of Patent Claims After Unfavorable Claim Construction of Related Patents Warrants § 285 Attorney Fee Award
    The court granted defendants' motion for attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 following summary judgment of noninfringement because plaintiff should have known its claims were meritless. "The infringement claims against [defendants]…
Rank this Week: 647

The TTABlog

The TTABlog

Covers the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. By John L. Welch.

http://thettablog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 423

IPWatchdog

IPWatchdog

Offers insights on current developments in the intellectual property space, and discusses patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright information and news.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/
  • Mar 6

    Are PTAB Proceedings Fundamentally Unfair to Patent Owners?

    Are PTAB Proceedings Fundamentally Unfair to Patent Owners?
    The issue of proper due process is critical, according to Johnson, because “the PTAB is now both deciding on the institution of and the conduct of these IPRs and PGRs, and of course, they’re issuing the final decisions.”…
  • Mar 6

    Shell Oil provides surprising developments in renewable energy along with oil and gas tech

    Shell Oil provides surprising developments in renewable energy along with oil and gas tech
    Shell maintains a significant investment into research and development within its own corporation. The company’s 2014 fourth quarter earnings report showed that Shell invested $428 million into R&D during that quarter, increasing…
  • Mar 5

    Carly Fiorina says Innovation Act only benefits large corporations, not innovator

    Carly Fiorina says Innovation Act only benefits large corporations, not innovator
    Carly Fiorina: '[W]atch carefully who is supporting that [the Innovation Act]. It’s not the small it’s the big. It’s the big companies whose ongoing economic benefit depends upon their ability to acquire innovations and…
Rank this Week: 4246

IPWatchdog.com | Patent Copyright…

IPWatchdog.com | Patent Copyright Trademark

Covers patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and Internet issues. By Gene Quinn.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com
  • Mar 6

    Are PTAB Proceedings Fundamentally Unfair to Patent Owners?

    Are PTAB Proceedings Fundamentally Unfair to Patent Owners?
    The issue of proper due process is critical, according to Johnson, because “the PTAB is now both deciding on the institution of and the conduct of these IPRs and PGRs, and of course, they’re issuing the final decisions.”…
  • Mar 6

    Shell Oil provides surprising developments in renewable energy along with oil and gas tech

    Shell Oil provides surprising developments in renewable energy along with oil and gas tech
    Shell maintains a significant investment into research and development within its own corporation. The company’s 2014 fourth quarter earnings report showed that Shell invested $428 million into R&D during that quarter, increasing…
  • Mar 5

    Carly Fiorina says Innovation Act only benefits large corporations, not innovator

    Carly Fiorina says Innovation Act only benefits large corporations, not innovator
    Carly Fiorina: '[W]atch carefully who is supporting that [the Innovation Act]. It’s not the small it’s the big. It’s the big companies whose ongoing economic benefit depends upon their ability to acquire innovations and…
Rank this Week: 201

Hollywood, Esq.

Hollywood, Esq.

Focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. From The Hollywood Reporter.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/thr-esq
Rank this Week: 284

IP in Brief

IP in Brief

Comments on developments in copyright and trademark law. By Andrew Berger.

http://www.ipinbrief.com
  • Mar 6

    Proving Damages at Trial in Copyright Litigation

    Proving Damages at Trial in Copyright Litigation
    David Leichtman from Robins Kaplan in NY gave us an excellent presentation on proving damages at trial in copyright litigation at the Intellectual Property Institue's Ocean Reef winter conference. Here is my summary of his talk along with…
  • Mar 1

    Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Trial in the Age of Social Media

    Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Trial in the Age of Social Media
    Andrew Berger is moderating a panel discussion at the Litigation Counsel of America‘s 2015 Spring Conference. The title of the program is Avoiding the Googling Mistrial: Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Trial in the Age…
  • Mar 1

    Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Trial in the Age of Social Media

    Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Trial in the Age of Social Media
    Andrew Berger is moderating a panel discussion at the Litigation Counsel of America‘s 2015 Spring Conference. The title of the program is Avoiding the Googling Mistrial: Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Trial in the Age of Social…
Rank this Week: 273

The 1709 Blog

The 1709 Blog

Covers all things copyright, warts and all.

http://the1709blog.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Mar 6

    Copydan and fair compensation for multifunctional media: CJEU rule

    Copydan and fair compensation for multifunctional media: CJEU rule
    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) yesterday ruled in Case C‑463/12 Copydan Båndkopi v Nokia Danmark A/S in the latest in a series of responses to requests for preliminary rulings conernning private copying levies. …
  • Mar 5

    Dentist Claiming to Own Copyright in Patient’s Negative Comments about Her Misused Copyright Law

    Dentist Claiming to Own Copyright in Patient’s Negative Comments about Her Misused Copyright Law
    Ben mentioned yesterday in his post this case about a dentist using copyright to suppress speech. Going to the dentist is not particularly pleasant, but, at least, one does not usually expect to have to consult a copyright attorney before…
  • Mar 4

    THE COPYCAT - takedowns, takeaways and turnaround

    THE COPYCAT - takedowns, takeaways and turnaround
    Is Aereo on the way back? Eight months after losing its legal battle with television networks, the failed watch-TV-on-the-Internet startup held an auction for its assets - and interestingly its trademarks and customer list, which went to TiVo…
Rank this Week: 3455

Afro-IP

Afro-IP

Covers African intellectual property news and views.

http://afro-ip.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    Seychelles' Industrial Property Act is now in force (wef 1 March 2015)

    Seychelles' Industrial Property Act is now in force (wef 1 March 2015)
    Seychelles' new Industrial Property Act which Aurelia blogged about here came into force on 1 March 2015 in accordance with the  Industrial Property Act (Commencement) Notice, 2014 (available here via the Seychelles Legal…
  • Mar 5

    ARIPO launches online search system

    ARIPO launches online search system
    After 18 months of dedicated assistancefrom Korea International Cooperation Agency, ARIPO has developed a fully searchable online IP tool. ARIPO has been a destination of choice for many patent holders to cover a large African region cost…
  • Mar 5

    IP policies in Africa no.53: Zambia

    IP policies in Africa no.53: Zambia
    Zambia adopted a national IP policy in 2010, which, surprisingly, is not publicly available either on WIPOLex or Zambian government websites. However, it should be possible to obtain the policy from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and…
Rank this Week: 2693

Duets Blog

Duets Blog

Collaborative blog on advertising, intellectual property, and marketing.

http://www.duetsblog.com/
  • Mar 6

    Don’t Forget About Domain Name

    Don’t Forget About Domain Name
    One aspect of intellectual property law that doesn’t get as much attention as it maybe should is domain names.  For those of you internet-savvy readers out there (who I assume is most of you), you already know that domain names…
  • Mar 5

    Single-Letter Trademark Battles: Who Gets the W for “W”?

    Single-Letter Trademark Battles: Who Gets the W for “W”?
    How much trouble can a double-U make?  If you’ve been following this blog over the years, you know the answer: quite a lot. This blog has written extensively on the trials and tribulations that may accompany single-letter trademark…
  • Mar 4

    Deck Stacked Against HOUSE OF CARDS

    Deck Stacked Against HOUSE OF CARDS
    No spoilers here, I promise.  Like many Americans since it was released on Friday, I’ve been binge-watching Season 3 of House of Cards.  If you haven’t watched the program, available only on Netflix, it’s a…
Rank this Week: 77

Copyhype

Copyhype

Discusses copyright law for those in the content industries and the general public. By Terry Hart.

http://www.copyhype.com/
  • Mar 6

    Friday’s Endnotes – 03/06/15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 03/06/15
    Viacom Sues Operators of Online Channel Playing “Classic” Nickelodeon — The site “offers free 24/7 streaming plus a premium on-demand service with a tab of $35.99 for a year” of numerous Nickelodeon shows,…
  • Feb 27

    Friday’s Endnotes – 2/27/15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 2/27/15
    Contrary to the impression that some—many, in fact—information technocrats would like to convey, the new world of information technology is simply not one of bits, bytes, and pixels that have somehow been born in some new,…
  • Feb 26

    The Future of the US Copyright Office

    The Future of the US Copyright Office
    Two hearings today will look at the current state of the US Copyright Office—one in front of the House Judiciary Committee on the Office’s functions and resources, and a budget hearing by the House Appropriations Legislative…
Rank this Week: 1073

Azrights

Azrights

Covers trade marks, copyright, internet marketing, social networking, search engine optimization, protection of reputations and brands on the internet.

http://www.azrights.com/blog/
  • Mar 6

    Japan and the United States Join the Hague System for Design Registration

    Japan and the United States Join the Hague System for Design Registration
    Japan and the United States both filed their official instruments at the WIPO headquarters in February 2015 in order to join the Hague System. This increases the number of Hague signatories to 64 nations. The Hague System allows for multiple…
  • Mar 5

    Copyright In A Logo, Innocent Smoothies, And Informal Contracts.

    Copyright In A Logo, Innocent Smoothies, And Informal Contracts.
    The trouble with disregarding formalities, like legal agreements, is that even minor disagreements have the propensity to escalate into disputes. An imperfect recollection of the terms of a contract is unlikely to escalate if the contentious…
  • Feb 27

    Patent Troll Problems – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    Patent Troll Problems – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
    A recent case, Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc, which Apple described as a prime example of why the US patent system is flawed, saw the company ordered to pay over $500 million in damages. Smartflash LLC, a Texas-based entity, sued Apple in May…
Rank this Week: 2228

Seattle Copyright Watch

Seattle Copyright Watch

Covers copyright and other intellectual property topics. By Tonya Gisselberg.

http://www.seattlecopyrightwatch.com/
  • Mar 6

    Media Outlet Use of Photo Not a Slam Dunk Fair Use

    Media Outlet Use of Photo Not a Slam Dunk Fair Use
    North Jersey Media Group (NJMG) owes the copyright to the seminal photograph of three firefighters raising the American flag in the rubble of the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001 (the Work).  On September 11, 2013, Fox News…
  • Feb 20

    Ghost Writer Heir Haunts Jersey Boys Collaborator

    Ghost Writer Heir Haunts Jersey Boys Collaborator
    Lawyer, journalist and “Four Seasons” fan Rex Woodard and Thomas DeVito, an original band member, entered into a written agreement for Woodard to ghostwrite DeVito’s autobiography (the Work).  Woodard and DeVito agreed…
  • Feb 12

    Copyright Office Aspires to Bring Major Changes to the Music Marketplace

    Copyright Office Aspires to Bring Major Changes to the Music Marketplace
    Earlier this month, the U.S Copyright Office issued Copyright and The Music Marketplace, a Report of the Register of Copyrights.  The report is 245 pages.  It is based the Copyright Office’s yearlong study of the existing…
Rank this Week: 4788

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Mar 6

    In Praise of Accountability

    In Praise of Accountability
    Jeremy Waldron, Accountability: Fundamental to Democracy (April 2014), available at SSRN.Edward RubinAccountability is a term that gets bandied about a great deal these days, sometimes as a criticism of regulatory government (agencies…
  • Mar 5

    Not Business as Usual for In-House Counsel

    Not Business as Usual for In-House Counsel
    Anton R. Valukas, for Jenner & Block, Report to Board of Directors of General Motors Company Regarding Ignition Switch Recalls (2014).W. Bradley WendelOne of the most interesting things written about professional responsibility in 2014 is…
  • Mar 4

    Big Data and Deterrence

    Big Data and Deterrence
    Zenon Zabinski and Bernard Black, The Deterrent Effect of Tort Law: Evidence from Medical Malpractice Reform, available at SSRN.Nora EngstromIn a provocative new piece, Zenon Zabinski and Bernard Black address one of the most stubborn…
Rank this Week: 287

Steiger Legal

Steiger Legal

Swiss Blawg – mostly in German – on current legal topics, in particular related to IP/IT.

http://www.steigerlegal.ch/
  • Mar 6

    Mahnbescheid nach deutscher Abmahnung: Was tun?

    Mahnbescheid nach deutscher Abmahnung: Was tun?
    Wer auf urheberrechtliche Abmahnungen aus Deutschland gar nicht reagiert oder die geforderten Geldbeträge nicht bezahlt, muss damit rechnen, einen so genannten Mahnbescheid zu erhalten. Ein Mahnbescheid wird von deutschen Amtsgerichten…
  • Mar 2

    Digitale Gesellschaft: Lawful Interception Report 2015

    Digitale Gesellschaft: Lawful Interception Report 2015
    Die Digitale Gesellschaft hat ihren diesjährigen Swiss Lawful Interception Report veröffentlicht (PDF). Der Bericht visualisiert den schweizerischen Überwachungsstaat, soweit dazu Zahlen vom Dienst Überwachung Post- und…
  • Mar 1

    Google: Rückzieher bei nicht jugendfreien Blog-Inhalten

    Google: Rückzieher bei nicht jugendfreien Blog-Inhalten
    Nicht jugendfreie Inhalte bleiben bei Blogger, der Blog-Hosting-Plattform von Google, – anders als vor einigen Tagen angekündigt –, erlaubt. Nach «großem Grummeln im Netz» erklärte Jessica Pelegio von…
Rank this Week: 3520

CommLawBlog

CommLawBlog

Covers developments in the entire range of issues addressed by the Federal Communications Commission in its regulation of spectrum-related activities, as well as copyright, trademark, First Amendment and Internet issues. By Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

http://www.commlawblog.com/
  • Mar 6

    Update: Comment Deadlines Set in 76-81 GHz Proceeding

    Update: Comment Deadlines Set in 76-81 GHz Proceeding
    Last month we reported on a batch of FCC proposals aimed at liberalizing the rules governing operation in the 76-81 GHz band. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has now been published in the Federal Register, so we now know what the deadlines…
  • Mar 4

    Rural Call Completion Update: Final Rules Now in Effect

    Rural Call Completion Update: Final Rules Now in Effect
    As we reported late last year, a few of the FCC’s revisions to its rules concerning rural call completion had to be run past the Office of Management and Budget before they could take effect. According to a notice in the Federal…
  • Mar 4

    Update: Most, But Not All, New E911 Rules Set to Take Effect in April

    Update: Most, But Not All, New E911 Rules Set to Take Effect in April
    As we reported last month, the Commission has adopted a new set of E911 standards designed to improve E911 location capability. The FCC’s Fourth Report and Order setting forth those standards has now been published in the Federal…
Rank this Week: 2803

Patent Docs

Patent Docs

Covers biotech and pharma patent law and news. By McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.

http://www.patentdocs.org/
  • Mar 5

    USPTO Launches Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative

    USPTO Launches Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative
    By Donald Zuhn-- In a notice published in the Federal Register last month (80 Fed. Reg. 6475), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it is launching a comprehensive and enhanced patent quality initiative. As part of this…
  • Mar 4

    STRONG Patents Act of 2015 -- An Alternative Patent Reform Bill

    STRONG Patents Act of 2015 -- An Alternative Patent Reform Bill
    By Andrew Williams -- Yesterday, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the "Support Technology and Research for Our Nation's Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015." What is unique…
  • Mar 3

    Guest Post: $2.6 Billion Per Drug: Is Your Patent Portfolio Strong Enough to Protect Your Investment?

    Guest Post: $2.6 Billion Per Drug: Is Your Patent Portfolio Strong Enough to Protect Your Investment?
    By Cambria Alpha-Cobb* and Anthony D. Sabatelli** -- Late last year, the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) released a number that would cause jaws to drop all around the healthcare world. The estimated cost for developing…
Rank this Week: 327

Le blog du droit europeen des…

Le blog du droit europeen des brevets

Covers European patent law (in French).

http://europeanpatentcaselaw.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 5

    Silence vaut rejet ?

    Silence vaut rejet ?
    L'ASPI a récemment publié un communiqué sur les décrets du 23 octobre 2014 relatifs à des exceptions au principe "silence vaut acceptation". Ce principe est posé par l'article 21 de la loi 2000-321,…
  • Mar 3

    Modifications du règlement d'exécution de la CBE

    Modifications du règlement d'exécution de la CBE
    Le 1er avril prochain entreront en vigueur un certain nombre de modifications du règlement d'exécution, ainsi qu'il a été décidé par le Conseil d'Administration (décision du 15.10.2014). Les…
  • Mar 1

    T236/12 : De nouvelles anciennes figure

    T236/12 : De nouvelles anciennes figure
    Au début de la procédure orale devant la Chambre de recours, la Titulaire a requis le maintien du brevet en revenant aux figures 1 à 8 de la demande telle que déposée (à gauche ci-dessous), en…
Rank this Week: 431

Trademarkology

Trademarkology

Provides insight and guidance on selecting a brand name or logo and protecting it with a federally registered trademark. By Stites & Harbison, PLLC.

http://www.trademarkologist.com/
  • Mar 5

    Some Pig

    Some Pig
    Wilbur is not the only one with a claim to fame in the world of pork. The entire industry benefits from a mark found to be famous, a status accorded to only a very select few marks. In 1985, Congress passed an act that created the National…
  • Mar 4

    Trois Petits Cochon Huffs and Puffs at Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi

    Trois Petits Cochon Huffs and Puffs at Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi
    Since my colleague Jack Wheat has designated the entire week as “pork week,” I have been asked to write on a pig-related theme.  Writing on this theme is not new to me – I previously wrote about how a hog call could…
  • Mar 3

    Trademark Territoriality – Where You Use Your Mark Still Matter

    Trademark Territoriality – Where You Use Your Mark Still Matter
    How do you know where to register your trademark? Trademark rights have been traditionally tied to geography. In the U.S. and in many other countries, a trademark owner only has rights in a mark to the extent she has used the mark in the…
Rank this Week: 951

Law & Disorder

Law & Disorder

The Art of Technology

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/
Rank this Week: 85

Las Vegas Trademark Attorney

Las Vegas Trademark Attorney

Covering the latest news and legal developments in trademark law. By Ryan Gile.

http://www.vegastrademarkattorney.com/
Rank this Week: 824

Patently-O

Patently-O

Covers patents, claim drafting tips, patent cases, patent legislation and patent prosecution. By Dennis Crouch.

http://patentlyo.com/patent
Rank this Week: 241

North Carolina Journal of Law &…

North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology

Features legal scholarship in law and technology topics, including intellectual property law, cyberspace law, environmental law, criminal law, health law, and privacy law.

http://ncjolt.org/
  • Mar 5

    Soft(knit)ware: Wearing Your Social Media

    Soft(knit)ware: Wearing Your Social Media
    The MIT Media Lab has just developed a new way to exhibit social media to the outside world. The lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group has created a “Social Textiles” T-shirt that alerts the wearer with a vibration in the collar when…
  • Mar 3

    California’s Strawberry War Comes to an End

    California’s Strawberry War Comes to an End
    With an optimistic eye towards the coming spring, I thought it relevant to discuss one of springtime’s sweetest fruits: strawberries. Most Americans can enjoy the sweet, red berries year-round thanks to the advent of greenhouses.…
  • Mar 3

    Google Fights Back Against Broader Hacking Powers for FBI

    Google Fights Back Against Broader Hacking Powers for FBI
    Google is using its weight as a technology giant to make it difficult for the Department of Justice to quietly amend the rules involving search warrants for electronically stored media. The company characterizes this amendment as allowing the…
Rank this Week: 5046

Deeplinks Blog

Deeplinks Blog

Covers bloggers' rights, DMCA, DRM, intellectual property, privacy and security issues. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks
  • Mar 5

    Government "Clarifies" Its Stance on NSL Gag Order

    Government "Clarifies" Its Stance on NSL Gag Order
    It seems the government doesn't know where it stands when it comes to national security letters (NSLs). National security letters are the investigative tool that the FBI uses to obtain information from companies as part of national…
  • Mar 5

    A New Bill in Paraguay Would Destroy Online Privacy

    A New Bill in Paraguay Would Destroy Online Privacy
    Today, the Paraguayan House of Representatives postponed for eight days a mandatory data retention proposal. The bill, if passed, will require Paraguayan telecom providers to store highly personal information about their customers Internet…
  • Mar 4

    EFF Joins Civil Society and Computer Security Experts to Call for Rejection of Flawed Cybersecurity Legislation

    EFF Joins Civil Society and Computer Security Experts to Call for Rejection of Flawed Cybersecurity Legislation
    EFF has joined 26 civil society organizations and 22 computer security experts in a letter that calls on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to reject the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). CISA, currently only…
Rank this Week: 1682

The Dotted Line Reporter

The Dotted Line Reporter

Entertainment Law Blog & Community. By Christoffer Gaddini.

http://dlreporter.com/
Rank this Week: 2112

MBBP's Good Company

MBBP's Good Company

Covers news, events and developments in business, intellectual property, employment law. By Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton.

http://blogmbbp.wordpress.com
  • Mar 5

    An Overview of Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plan

    An Overview of Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plan
    By: Joe Marrow   Officers, directors and other insiders (“Company Insiders”) of publicly-traded companies use Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans (a “10b5-1 Plan”) to buy and sell company stock at predetermined times so…
  • Mar 5

    Upcoming Boston IE Club Panel at Venture Cafe

    Upcoming Boston IE Club Panel at Venture Cafe
    On Wednesday March 11, 2015, Innovation & Enterprise Business Club (The IE Club) will host an event entitled “Successful Partnerships Between Large And Small Companies Building Great Success With… Very Different…
  • Mar 4

    Insights on Corporate Venture Capital

    Insights on Corporate Venture Capital
    Last week, MBBP’s Scott Bleier attended a panel discussion hosted by the Johnson & Johnson Boston Innovation Center, which featured three corporate venture capitalists from Sanofi-Genzyme Bioventures, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture…
Rank this Week: 785

Software Intellectual Property…

Software Intellectual Property Report

Covers the places where software intersects the law of intellectual property. By Charles A. Bieneman.

http://swipreport.com/
Rank this Week: 4445

Jackson White Intellectual…

Jackson White Intellectual Property Blog

Covers patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

http://www.jacksonwhitelaw.com/az-ip-attorney/blog/
  • Mar 5

    YouTube Paid $1 Billion to Copyright Holder

    YouTube Paid $1 Billion to Copyright Holder
    YouTube has reportedly paid out a whopping $1 billion to various copyright holders since 2007 as part of the Google’s Content ID program. Content ID Program According to Google, the program scans 400 years’ worth of content daily…
  • Mar 3

    UK Legislation Makes Changes to Copyright Law

    UK Legislation Makes Changes to Copyright Law
    Previously, individuals using clips of films, television shows, or songs could have been sued if they did not have consent. However, recent changes in UK legislation will change that. The new laws allow the use of the material as long The…
  • Feb 26

    Trademark Battle with Del Taco Will Decide Naugles’ Fate

    Trademark Battle with Del Taco Will Decide Naugles’ Fate
    It has been over two decades since the merger of Naugles and Del Taco. With the merge in 1988, many of the Naugles changed to Del Tacos, and eventually died out. To this day, Del Taco claims there is a The post Trademark Battle with Del Taco…
Rank this Week: 3458

Clancco: Art & Law

Clancco: Art & Law

Covers the relationship between art and law with a focus on intellectual property, nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, free speech, and contemporary art. By Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento.

http://clancco.com/wp
  • Mar 5

    Art and Law In Dire Need of Relevancy

    Art and Law In Dire Need of Relevancy
    I’ve been meaning to jot down some thoughts on last weekend’s art and law conference at Yale Law School. This morning I read Colby Chamberlain’s remarks via Artforum, and I must say he is seriously on-point. The…
  • Mar 3

    Why Art Is a Unique Asset Cla

    Why Art Is a Unique Asset Cla
    Twelve main reasons, according to Nouriel Roubini.
  • Mar 3

    Beastie Boys Get Permanent Injunction Against Monster

    Beastie Boys Get Permanent Injunction Against Monster
    Interesting outcome to a copyright/trademark case. You may remember that last year The Beastie Boys won a major copyright infringement case against Monster Energy drink. Last month, a New York district court granted The Beastie Boys’…
Rank this Week: 197

inovia's Foreign Filing Blog

inovia's Foreign Filing Blog

Covers foreign patent filing issues, ranging from the PCT process and cost-savings measures to country-specific issues related to the national stage entry.

http://info.inovia.com/
  • Mar 5

    Design Protection Goes Global: The Hague Agreement Will Change Industrial Design Strategie

    Design Protection Goes Global: The Hague Agreement Will Change Industrial Design Strategie
    Guest post by John Nemazi, Co-chair of Brooks Kushman's patent prosecution group: On February, 13, 2015, the U.S. took a major step towards implementing the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs by…
  • Feb 27

    Foreign Filing Roundup

    Foreign Filing Roundup
     Good afternoon. Here are the latest headlines in foreign patent filing news for the week of February 23rd: According to the European Patent Office medical technology topped the list of technical fields with the highest volume of…
  • Feb 24

    inovia’s Spring Event Schedule

    inovia’s Spring Event Schedule
    Good afternoon! We are attending numerous events from Stockholm to San Diego throughout the upcoming months. There's a good chance we might be in your area. So read on and get in touch with an inovia office near you to … Continue…
Rank this Week: 1063

Intellectual Property News

Intellectual Property News

By Mandour & Associates.

http://www.intellectualpropertynews.com/
  • Mar 5

    Winston Files Trademark for "Famous Jameis"

    Winston Files Trademark for "Famous Jameis"
    IPNews® - Jameis Winston, who is the likely number one NFL draft pick, is looking to trademark his nickname “Famous Jameis.” Jameis Winston was nicknamed “Famous Jameis” long before his outstanding college football…
  • Feb 24

    Katy Perry Files Trademark for "Left Shark"

    Katy Perry Files Trademark for "Left Shark"
    IPNews® - The battle over “Left Shark” is not over as Katy Perry’s lawyers have moved the scuffle into the realm of Trademarks. The battle over the Super Bowl’s “Left Shark” did not end once copyright…
  • Feb 19

    China Fines Qualcomm And Demands Patent Re-licensing

    China Fines Qualcomm And Demands Patent Re-licensing
    IPNews® - Qualcomm was recently fined $975 million for being in violation of China’s anti-monopoly law related to patent licensing. As the primary producer of smartphone chips and related technology, Qualcomm allegedly abused its…
Rank this Week: 1645

Domain Name Jurisprudence &…

Domain Name Jurisprudence & Commentaries on UDRP Cases

Review and analysis of cybersquatter cases decided under the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy. By Gerald M. Levine.

http://udrpcommentaries.wordpress.com
  • Mar 5

    Getting it Wrong: Split Decision for

    Getting it Wrong: Split Decision for
    The Easy Group Limited which owns a family of marks with the prefix “easy” has been complainant in a good number of UDRP proceedings. It mostly prevails against domain name holders who connect “easy” with qualifiers…
  • Mar 2

    Mediation, the Talking Cure

    Mediation, the Talking Cure
    This article was published March 2, 2015 by Industry Today. The origin of disputes is friction: “the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another.” Unless taken in hand there is a sure progression from…
  • Feb 15

    Garnishing Domain Names for Unpaid Debt

    Garnishing Domain Names for Unpaid Debt
    Initially, in the far distant past, in the mid-1990s, domain names were seen primarily as addresses in cyberspace — much like telephone numbers or postal addresses to which they were analogized — rather than as assets of value in…
Rank this Week: 235

TeleFrieden

TeleFrieden

Covers legal, regulatory, marketplace and cultural issues affecting the information, communications and entertainment industries. By Rob Frieden.

http://telefrieden.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 5

    Comcast Streaming of NBC Broadcast Content

    Comcast Streaming of NBC Broadcast Content
                NBC soon will join the ranks of content providers offering a streaming option to cord cutters and mobile consumers.  See, e.g.,…
  • Feb 26

    Federalism Versus Balkanization and Muni Wi-Fi

    Federalism Versus Balkanization and Muni Wi-Fi
             While most attention today focused on the FCC’s Open Internet, I was intrigued with the discussion—make that righteous indignation—presented by Commission’s Pai on the…
  • Feb 26

    A Very Preliminary and Tentative Summary of the FCC’s Open Internet Order

    A Very Preliminary and Tentative Summary of the FCC’s Open Internet Order
                I have prepared a tentative summary of the FCC’s Open Internet Order based on pre-releasedocuments as well as what transpired at the Commission meeting today (Feb. 26,…
Rank this Week: 2362

Indiana Intellectual Property…

Indiana Intellectual Property Lawyer Blog

Covers trademark, patent and copyright infringement. By Overhauser Law Offices, LLC.

http://www.iniplaw.org/
  • Mar 5

    142 Trademark Registrations Issued to Indiana Companies in February 2015

    142 Trademark Registrations Issued to Indiana Companies in February 2015
    The U.S. Trademark Office issued the following 142 trademark registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in February 2015 based on applications filed by Indiana trademark attorneys: Serial Number Reg. Number Word Mark …
  • Mar 4

    Indiana Patent Litigation: TreeStuff Sued for Patent Infringement

    Indiana Patent Litigation: TreeStuff Sued for Patent Infringement
    Indianapolis, Indiana - An Indiana patent attorney for Sherrill, Inc. of Greensboro, North Carolina ("Sherrill") filed a patent infringement complaint in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that TreeStuff, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana…
  • Feb 27

    Copyright Law: Federal Circuit Upholds $540,000 in Royalties for USPS Copyright Infringement

    Copyright Law: Federal Circuit Upholds $540,000 in Royalties for USPS Copyright Infringement
    Washington, D.C. - The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a royalty award in Gaylord v. United States for copyright infringement committed by the United States Postal Service. Frank Gaylord, a World War II…
Rank this Week: 349

Carter Law Firm Blog

Carter Law Firm Blog

Covers intellectual property and social media. By Ruth Carter.

http://carterlawaz.com/blog/
  • Mar 5

    The Undeniable Tour Update – First Sponsors Announced

    The Undeniable Tour Update – First Sponsors Announced
    I have been working on The Undeniable Tour since July 2014, shortly after I finished reading Jason Zook’s book Creativity for Sale. It’s hard to believe that it’s happening in only a few weeks! I’m happy to announce…
  • Mar 2

    Google Reverses Ban on Porn on Blogger Site

    Google Reverses Ban on Porn on Blogger Site
    Last month Google announced an upcoming change in its terms of service that would ban all pornography from Blogger sites. (Blogger is Google’s blogging platform.) This change would have been retroactive and impacted some users who have…
  • Feb 25

    The Undeniable Tour Update – Everything’s Coming Together

    The Undeniable Tour Update – Everything’s Coming Together
    It’s hard to believe that The Undeniable Tour is less than a month away. At this point I feel like all the pieces are starting to lock into place. I booked my flights and most of my lodging. I’m going to be staying in hostels and…
Rank this Week: 870

PharmaPatents

PharmaPatents

Covers intellectual property in the chemical, biotech, and pharmaceutical fields. By Foley & Lardner LLP.

http://www.pharmapatentsblog.com
  • Mar 4

    STRONG Patents Act Would Fix Micro Entity Gap

    STRONG Patents Act Would Fix Micro Entity Gap
    Senator Coons (D-Del) has introduced patent reform legislation that is similar to but different from the Goodlatte Innovation Act pending in the House. One section of S. 632 that does not have a parallel in H.R. 9 relates to micro entity…
  • Mar 1

    Federal Circuit Upholds Patent Term Adjustment Deduction For IDS Filed After Restriction Requirement

    Federal Circuit Upholds Patent Term Adjustment Deduction For IDS Filed After Restriction Requirement
    In Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO’s interpretation of the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) statute as permitting the USPTO to charge “Applicant Delay” when an Information Disclosure Statement…
  • Feb 25

    A Second Look At The Innovation Act Obviousness Type Double Patenting Statute

    A Second Look At The Innovation Act Obviousness Type Double Patenting Statute
    When the Innovation Act first was introduced, I was skeptical of the proposed obviousness-type double patenting statute. I did not understand why some thought that patents that fall under the First-Inventor-To-File provisions of the American…
Rank this Week: 2260