Monthly Archives: August 2014

Reading list: music copyright and similarity judgments

Carys J. Craig & Guillaume Laroche, Out of Tune: Why Copyright Law Needs Music Lessons.  Well worth reading in full.  Here’s some choice bits: [Lucy Pollard-Gott] found that, as listeners became more familiar with a given theme and listened to … Continue reading

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Coffee’s for classes: 7th Cir. reinstates class action over instant coffee

Suchanek v. Sturm Foods, Inc., No. 13-3843, 2014 WL 4116493 (7th Cir. Aug. 22, 2014) Sturm entered the market for Keurig-compatible individual coffee pods (K-Cups) once patent protection expired, but according to plaintiffs they jumped the gun. The Seventh Circuit … Continue reading

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Lexmark applied to false association claims under 43(a)(1)(A)

Lundgren v. Ameristar Credit Solutions, Inc., 2014 WL 4079962, No. 3:12–263 (W.D. Pa. Aug. 18, 2014) Ameristar is a “debt settlement and tax resolution business,” while Lundgren “was previously in the mortgage service industry and began offering tax resolution services … Continue reading

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Dastar-ing about architecture: 7th Circuit reverses dismissal of credit claim

M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. v. Strabala, No. 12-2256 (7th Cir. Aug. 21, 2014) Previous coverage, wherein I was not enthusiastic about the district court decision finding that there couldn’t be a §43(a) claim based on an allegedly … Continue reading

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Today in parody shirts

I just acquired the Black Labour, White Guilt T-shirt from the Laugh It Off case, and I’m taking the opportunity to share some other parody shirts as well. Black Labour, White Guilt From my vacation: Spider-Moose, New Hampshire Then, continuing … Continue reading

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When should TM claimants use the Madrid system?

Also via Lexology, Baker & McKenzie has an article setting out the pros and cons.  Highlights include the information that central attack leads to 2% of international registrations being withdrawn, and a handy checklist to determine whether Madrid is a … Continue reading

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News for storage jars, Thai military coup edition

Via Lexology, Rouse Legal penned The IP Upside of Thailand’s Military Coup.  Law enforcement priorities!

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