PICK AND CHOOSE: NOT EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN CAN BE TRADEMARKED

While most business and individuals understand the value of trademark protection, there are many who assume that trademark protection is automatically universal. Instinctively, many believe that trademark protection of their catchy slogan or one of a kind logo extends across all goods and services...

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TATTOO LICENSING COMPANY FILES SUIT IN FEDERAL COURT FOR ALLEGED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IN NBA2K16 VIDEO GAME

A tattoo licensing company Solid Oak Sketches LLC (“SOS LLC”) has filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York Federal Court against Visual Concepts LLC (“VC LLC”), 2K Games Inc. (“2KG Inc.”) and Take-two Interactive Software Inc. (“TIS Inc.”) (collectively hereinafter “Defendants”) for..

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Gotham Garage Seeks Dawn of Justice in Supreme Court for Copyright Infringement Over Batmobile

A furious dispute set out when California native and owner of Gotham Garage, Mark Towle was sued by DC Comics’ parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. The District Court granted summary judgment against Towle for making replicas of Batmobile, a regularly featured character in DC Comic..

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Spotify Spotted for Alleged Copyright Infringement with a $150M Lawsuit

Spotify is a digital music service that provides users access to millions of songs via its expansive music streaming service. Recently, Spotify was sued by an independent rock musician David Lowery, a lead singer for Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. The Complaint is lobbed by a $150M putative..

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No Love for Louis in Trademark Parody

Louis Vuitton Malletier SA, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or LV is a renowned fashion powerhouse. It is in the business of selling extravagant leather products, including expensive handbags. Louis Vuitton sued Designer Tara Martin for her designer line, “My Other Bag,” which comprise of..

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Monumental Appellate Court Decision on Disparaging Trademarks: Refusing them is Unconstitutional

The Federal Government bans trademarks that contain disparaging or offensive language. However, and astonishingly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that the Federal Government’s ban on offensive or disparaging trademark registrations is indeed a violation of the First..

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Supreme Court Justices advocated to give District Court Judges Authority to Increase Patent Awards

In the opening briefs filed last week, Petitioners Halo Electronics Inc. and Striker Corp. plead Supreme Court Justices to authorize District Court judges to have a broader discretion to award enhanced damages in patent cases. The argument behind the pleading is that the Federal Circuit has not..

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Another Trademark Registered for our client PWRStation

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PETA PLEADS CALIFORNIA COURT TO STOP MONKEYING AROUND

An entertaining case emerged at the United States Copyright Office back in September in regards to a "selfie" taken by a male crested black macaque named Naruto in Indonesia in 2011. Naruto took “selfies” spontaneously without any human assistance. Consequently, a suit was filed arguing that..

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Trademark Oppositions and How Big Corporations Can Use Opposition Tactics to Flex their Muscle on Smaller Business Owners

Major corporations employ vigorous defense by devoting millions of dollars to trademark policing. As a primarily results-driven group, these corporations flex their monetary muscle via bullying tactics in hopes that the economically unsustainable small business owners simply roll over into..

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