Monthly Archives: December 2013

Taking on notorious criminal’s persona is protected by First Amendment

Ross v. Roberts, No. B242531, 2013 WL 6780578 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 23, 2013) Ricky Ross, aka Rick Ross and “Freeway” Ricky Ross, “is a former criminal who achieved some sort of celebrity status due, in part, to the enormous … Continue reading

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Irrationally sexist advertising

PETA notoriously has a lot of ad campaigns focusing on women’s bodies and sexuality.  Two recent studies suggest that this backfires: dehumanizing women reduces intentions to support the organization.  It’s a mantra that half of all advertising dollars are wasted–but … Continue reading

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House brands in Australia

The IP Whiteboard has an interesting series of posts on house brands imitating national brand trade dress in Australia, including pictures.  I also didn’t know about JP Morgan’s “Bitcoin-like” patent application.

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Firm that refers instead of represents might be falsely advertising

Larry Pitt & Associates v. Lundy Law, LLP, No. 13–2398, 2013 WL 6536739 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 13, 2013) The parties compete to represent clients in the greater Philadelphia area, primarily in the fields of “small personal injury, social security disability, … Continue reading

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Leading survey questions

A recent Australian case, Adidas v. Pacific Brands Footwear, included some comments on a standard TM survey question. I find the judge’s point quite provocative; I wonder whether American judges might agree: [R]elated to my first reason for giving the survey … Continue reading

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Genderswapping Bilbo Baggins

Slate carries an article on reading the Hobbit with Bilbo as a female character.  Derivative work?  (Of course, fandom’s been doing this for a long time.  See Genderswap.)

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fleeting uses in documentaries are fair, 4th Circuit says

Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens Limited Partnership, No. 12-2543 (4th Cir. Dec. 17, 2013) Bouchat has been litigating against the Ravens and others for a long time based on the Ravens’ infringement (established after a jury trial) of his design for … Continue reading

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Domain names in the news: political scandal edition

Christie Official At Center Of Probe Bought Domain Names Of Governor’s Political Opponents, via Firedoglake.  ACPA problem?

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The ASA and ads for offensive products

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority would seem to have a particular remit: advertising.  A recent adjudication, however, suggests that the ASA will go beyond that, at least online.  Zazzle Inc, No. A13-247896, involved a complaint that Zazzle’s offering of a … Continue reading

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"Natural" plus green imagery not puffery for diapers and wipes

Jou v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., No. C-13-03075, 2013 WL 6491158 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2013) (magistrate judge) Plaintiffs brought the usual California claims and claims under Wisconsin law based on the “green” marketing of Huggies “pure & natural” diapers and “Natural … Continue reading

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