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Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Summary of Costco v. Omega in MIPLA Newsletter

Summary of Costco v. Omega in MIPLA Newsletter

A short article I wrote summarizing the Costco v. Omega case was published in the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association’s New Matter™ Newsletter. The case is about the “first sale” doctrine in copyright law and specifically, whether goods manufactured and sold abroad can be imported into the United States without the permission of the copyrightRead more about Summary of Costco v. Omega in MIPLA Newsletter[…]

F-bomb Trademarks

F-bomb Trademarks

One of the several reasons your trademark might be refused registration by the USPTO is that your proposed mark is scandalous or immoral. Without too much further explanation you might guess that a certain word starting with “F” and rhyming with “duck” might be problematic as a trademark. You would be right. Trademarks can beRead more about F-bomb Trademarks[…]

But. . . they did it on TV:  What Glee teaches about copyright

But. . . they did it on TV: What Glee teaches about copyright

The fictional high school chorus at the center of Fox’s Glee has a huge problem — nearly a million dollars in potential legal liability. For a show that regularly tackles thorny issues like teen pregnancy and alcohol abuse, it’s surprising that a million dollars worth of lawbreaking would go unmentioned. But it does, and weekRead more about But. . . they did it on TV: What Glee teaches about copyright[…]