Copyright Trademarks

  • Don't take THIS name in vain

    It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But vanity flatters no one. Certainly that's so in an interesting trademark spat that pitted music-loving fans on one hand and a maker of intimate and bedroom apparel on the other.

  • Marion v. Blue Devils

    The estate of John Wayne wants to use the name Duke to sell liquor, but Duke University contends that this would confuse the public.

  • Roundup: Intellectual Property

    In recent IP news, there has been trouble for singer Katy Perry as well as the NFL’s Washington Redskins. While Perry is being sued for copyright infringement, the Redskins’s trademark has been cancelled. Meanwhile, a new bill in the House of Representatives is trying to limit the amount of abusive...

  • ABA adds its voice to concerns over online piracy, counterfeiting

    The American Bar Association has called for “widespread adoption and expansion of voluntary measures” among businesses using the Internet, to “discourage or eliminate online piracy and counterfeiting.”

  • Five comic book copyright concerns

    The super hero genre, in particular, has been a thorny landscape for IP, and that is most evident in the saga of one particular hero – or at least a series of heroes with the same name: Captain Marvel.

  • Strategic budgeting for anti-counterfeiting programs

    A thoughtful, proactive spend on these four areas could form the backbone of a strong anti-counterfeiting program before your problems reach critical levels.

  • Copyright fireworks for Katy Perry

    The musicians allege that Perry’s 2013 song “Dark Horse” ripped off the 2008 gospel tune “Joyful Noise.”

  • Hard reality for ice cream purveyors following litigation threat by food giant

    Mom and Pop ice cream truck “Texas Blizzard” that has gained fame and a Texas-size following in the Houston area now sees itself up against ice cream giant Dairy Queen in a trademark war.

  • 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.

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