Story at Wall Street Journal.
Video at Colbert Nation Its true, the Olympics have something of a super-trademark law status. This includes uses outside of athletic events as well. In addition to any rights given under trademark law, the Amateur Sports Act reserves the use of the word “Olympics”, “Olympiad”, “Citius Altius Fortius” as well as anything resembling the ringsRead more about The Olympics. . . will sue you![…]
A post on Duets Blog got me thinking about parodies and trademarks. What is interesting about this area of law is that parodies of brands are commonplace, but on they are given only narrow exemptions within the law. Take for example the number of gripe websites. This guy rips on Wal-Mart with his “Wal-ocaust” andRead more about Trademark Parodies[…]
The movie Blade Runner is based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? written by Philip K. Dick. The androids or replicants in question were Nexus-6 series. I am still confused how a phone, however awesome, is going to evolve into a sophisticated killing machine in only five more revisions. In all seriousness,Read more about Philip K. Dick’s estate threatens Google over Nexus One[…]
From the William Mitchell alumni website: David Kappos, undersecretary of commerce and director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is coming to William Mitchell College of Law to discuss his vision for the USPTO. Save the date.Tuesday, April 6, 20104:30 pmWilliam Mitchell’s Auditorium The event is free and open to the public. Seating isRead more about USPTO Director coming to William Mitchell College of Law[…]
Great post by John Ottavianni on Eric Goldman’s Technology and Marketing Blog recaps some of the more consequential developments in cyberlaw this past year.
Google, Yahoo! and others offer advertising services that can pluck words from a web page to create customized advertisements. Contextual Advertising as its called, is a really cool feature but there are some potential problems that companies considering online advertising campaigns should consider. 1. They can make you look bad. See this Business Insider storyRead more about Probelms with Contextual Advertising[…]
It is true that you can legally protect a trademark the moment you start using it. So why go for the extra effort to get a federal registration? Here are a few reasons: 1. Increased Certainty. Once registered, you can be relatively certain that you actually have a trademark. If you are relying on commonRead more about Why You Should Register Your Trademarks[…]
This is an interesting story especially because the amount of damages awarded are so high. The ISP was a host to a number of sites that were selling counterfeit fashion goods like Louis Vuitton handbags. The ISP had claimed an exemption under the DMCA, however the court correctly concluded that that only applied to copyrightRead more about ISP ordered to pay $32 million for contributing to trademark infringement[…]
See this story from the SeattlePI.com. This is a little bit of old news by now, but apparently Starbucks has been “localizing” its stores by minimizing the Starbucks branding an giving them an independent coffee shop look and feel. I have heard some people say that this is proof that Starbuck’s brand is toast, butRead more about Local branding or borrowing trade dress?[…]