Monthly Archives: December 2013

FCC regulation doesn’t preempt action against wireless router ads

Netgear, Inc. v. ASUSTeK Computer, Inc., No. C 13-3405, 2013 WL 6512700 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 12, 2013) Netgear sued defendants, whom I’m going to call ASUS, alleging claims for false advertising/unfair competition, tortious interference, and violations of the Sherman Act.  … Continue reading


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The TPP and termination rights

The TPP’s Attack on Termination Rights?  Provocative post on EFF’s blog.  Of course we will be told that the TPP doesn’t require changes in domestic law (it just bars many improvements, something that ought to be notable given that Washington … Continue reading

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Descriptive or nominative?

I like clever ads that play both on trademark and non-trademark meaning, but I always wonder if our defenses are sufficient to accommodate them: I saw no indication on the ad that Walmart sought permission for this use of “Apples” … Continue reading

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plaintiff not enough of a competitor to win false marking claim

Sukumar v. Nautilus, Inc., No. 7:11–cv–00218, 2013 WL 6408351 (W.D. Va. Dec. 6, 2013) Previousdiscussion.  The court goes through a lot of facts and effort here to confirm that the AIA made false marking claims essentially impossible to win, and … Continue reading

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soy and almond milk couldn’t deceive reasonable consumers

Ang v. Whitewave Foods Co., No. 13-cv-1953, 2013 WL 6492353 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2013) Plaintiffs sued over defendants’ Silk and Horizon products. The Silk products are plant-based beverages, including Silk Vanilla Soymilk, Silk Almond Milk, and Silk Coconut Milk.  … Continue reading

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PTO/NTIA online transactions

Online Transactions Moderator: Ann Chaitovitz, Attorney‐Advisor for Copyright, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO Comments generally agreed that online markets should be left to private markets. What role if any for the government. Panelists: Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center … Continue reading

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PTO/NTIA access to rights information

The Government’s Role in a More Efficient Online Marketplace Panel #1: Access to Rights Information Moderator: Garrett Levin, Attorney‐Advisor for Copyright, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO Building the online marketplace is fundamentally for the private sector, and that … Continue reading

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PTO/NTIA: notice and takedown

Improving the Operation of the Notice and Takedown System Moderator: John Morris, Associate Administrator and Director of Internet Policy, NTIA Voluntary agreement among wireless companies will be announced today re: cellphone unlocking. We will not be talking about fundamental changes … Continue reading

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PTO/NTIA: Maria Pallante

Current Copyright Office Initiatives on Digital Issues Introduction: Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, USPTO Copyright Office is covering many of the key issues addressed/not addressed in the Green Paper with studies etc.  Support/provide input into … Continue reading

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PTO/NTIA: remix

Legal Framework for Remixes Moderator: Michael Shapiro, Senior Counsel for Copyright, USPTO Panelists: David Carson, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Popular image of industry that forcefully asserts rights and goes to court at drop of hat is not the … Continue reading

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