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The US Department of Justice Seeks to Intervene in the Washington Redskins’ Trademark Suit to Defend the Constitutionality of the Lanham Act

Posted in Disparaging Marks, Lanham Act, Section 2(a), Trademark, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Uncategorized

Written by: Susan Neuberger Weller The Washington Redskins professional football team will soon not only be battling Native Americans over the registrability of the REDSKINS trademark, but will also have to cross swords with the US Government. Last week, the US Department of Justice filed a Notice of Intervention in the appeal of the US Trademark… Continue Reading

Copyright Ownership is not Monkey Business: Wikimedia and Slater Fight Over Selfie Photographs

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Written by: Susan Neuberger Weller A simmering dispute about ownership of a copyright in photographs has now garnered international attention. As more fully reported in an article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, British photographer David Slater has stated that he intends to bring a copyright infringement suit in the U.S. against Wikimedia, the nonprofit… Continue Reading

Lululemon and Calvin Klein Settle Yoga Pants Design Litigation

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Written by Susan Neuberger Weller As we reported  previously, Lululemon, an exercise apparel company, filed suit against Calvin Klein and its supplier G-III Apparel Group for infringement of three Lululemon design patents for yoga pants. On November 20, 2012, Lululemon filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in the Delaware proceeding based upon a settlement that… Continue Reading

BLUE IVY CARTER: What to Get a Child Who Has Everything? A Trademark Registration.

Posted in Intent-To-Use Applications, Section 2(a), Section 2(c), Section 2(d), Trademark, Trademark Prosecution, Uncategorized

Since the birth last month of their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are no doubt experiencing the typical joys of first-time parenthood.  Those first looks, smiles and coos.  But they are struggling with at least one parenting issue that most of us don’t have to worry about:  trademark protection for their baby’s name.  Beyoncé’s company, BGK… Continue Reading

UPDATE: SOPA and PIPA Legislation Stalled in Congress

Posted in Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Legislation, PIPA, SOPA, Uncategorized

Following this week’s Internet blackout by service providers and online resources opposed to the pending Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, Congressional leader have announced a postponement on future action on the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed a vote on PIPA scheduled for Tuesday.  In the House, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith responded… Continue Reading

NewtGingrich.com: A Lesson in Defensive Domain Name Registration and Maintenance

Posted in Anticybersquatting, Domain Name, Uncategorized, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy

Not only is Newt Gingrich slipping in recent polls in his efforts to become the presidential nominee for the Republic Party, but he now has a domain name problem.  As reported yesterday, the domain name <newtgingrich.com> has been registered by a pro-Democratic political action committee, American Bridge PAC.  American Bridge bought the domain and programmed it to… Continue Reading

The PROTECT IP ACT and the STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT (SOPA): New Solutions to Stop Online Infringement and Piracy

Posted in Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Legislation, Trademark, Uncategorized

Written by Joe DiCioccio I recently had the pleasure of attending a very informative presentation given by the Media Law Resource Center on two very important pieces of legislation currently working their way through Congress. These contentious bills focus on curtailing online infringement and piracy in a creative way, by disabling access to the websites… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed Over .XXX Domain Name Launch: Could More Lawsuits Follow?

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Written by Jamison Arterton In opposition to the imminent launch of the new  .XXX generic top level domain (gTLD), two adult entertainment companies have filed suit in federal district court in Los Angeles against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and ICM Registry, the sole operator of the .XXX domain name registry. (For background on the .XXX… Continue Reading