Monthly Archives: January 2015

Trademark overreach of the day: ICE says "Yankees Suck" infringes

Your tax dollars at work, protecting America from infringing merchandise: I don’t have much brief for protecting counterfeits, but I find it hard to believe this is the best use of public resources: “Gross misspellings of superstars’ names are one … Continue reading

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Dastar-barred claim survives both as false advertising and false designation

Advanced Fluid Systems, Inc. v. Huber, 28 F. Supp. 3d 306 (M.D. Pa. 2014)   AFS sued Huber for violations of the Lanham Act, the CFAA, the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and various common law claims.  AFS designs and … Continue reading

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DC rejects POM’s FTC challenge

Via the Consumer Law & Policy Blog.  I must digest both lunch and this ruling, but I will definitely have more to say soon. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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false advertising claim based on "innovative/unique" survives

Ferris Mfg. Corp. v. Carr, No. 14 C 04663, 2015 WL 279355 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 21, 2015)   Ferris sued Roy Carr and Curaline. Ferris makes various wound care products, allegedly award-winning and covered by several patents.  Carr was formerly … Continue reading

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consumer survey on patent value admissible despite serious flaws

Sentius Int’l, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., No. 5:13-cv-00825, 2015 WL 331939 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 23, 2015) (magistrate judge)   A little different today: this is a survey in a patent case trying to determine the value of a patented feature … Continue reading

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False PAC advertising?

This detailed Politico story suggests that there’s a fraudulent misrepresentation problem, but that the FEC can’t do much about it. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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Distributor’s TM registration blocks manufacturer’s claim

Mighty Enterprises, Inc. v. She Hong Indus. Co. Ltd., 2015 WL 276771, No. 2:14–cv–06516 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 22, 2015)   Mighty distributes and services heavy machinery. She Hong makes heavy machinery under the name “Hartford.” Mighty sued She Hong for … Continue reading

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