• Trademark trends

    I recently sat down with Michael Allan, partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, to discuss trends in trademark law.

  • It's a wonderful (new) life

    Companies should not only look to comply with FDA labeling regulations but should also be aware of the broader requirements under the Lanham Act: that is, to not “misrepresent the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin” of their products or services.

  • The copyright violation axis of evil?

    The U.S. government has called out four countries as hotbeds of digital piracy: China, Russia, India and Switzerland

  • Digital revolution in copyright law

    If you were the Walt Disney Co., and you saw thousands upon thousands of fan-created videos that featured your intellectual property cropping up on YouTube, would you crack down on those violations or would you “Let It Go?”

  • IP protection: What are trademarks, service marks and logos?

    A trademark can be a word, a graphic design, a picture, a color, a sound, a character, even a smell. Or a combination of any of them. It’s just like your own name. That’s how other people identify you.

  • Will the Supreme Court krackle for Kirby?

    When Kirby co-created these characters with the likes of Joe Simon and Stan Lee, he was toiling for Marvel (formerly Timely) Comics in a work-for-hire situation. This distinction is at the crux of the legal matter here.

  • Washington Redskins trademark registration canceled

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, a decision following years of complaints that the name is offensive to Native Americans

  • Sherlock in the public domain? Elementary… or not…

    The estate of the late author contends that, since the later stories do a great deal to flesh out the Holmes character, the copyright protection should extend until the last Holmes story enters the public domain (sometime in 2022). This would have essentially extended copyright protection over the character to...

  • Washington Redskins won’t be shut out by trademark decision

    This should bring some confidence to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, because this whole case almost seems like a highlight reel from a previous season.

  • Hershey lawsuit blindsides Colorado marijuana edibles company

    usinesses, particularly as various states have approved different levels of usage of the drug, but the substance itself remains federally illegal. But newer concerns in the trademark sector for those in the legal marijuana trade have recently cropped up with the news that Hershey Co is suing a Colorado maker...

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