Monthly Archives: June 2015

Trademark scholars roundtable: establishing the features of the consumer

Session 2: Establishing the Features of the Consumer   The UK courts have in recent years been quite explicit that the consumer is a normative construct, a fiction, and a benchmark. What does this mean? Does the modifier “average” or … Continue reading

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Trademark scholars roundtable: roles for the consumer in TM

Seventh Trademark Scholars Roundtable: The Construction of the Consumer in Trade Mark Law   Session 1: Roles for the Consumer in Trade Mark Law What role does the “consumer” (whether “average” or “reasonable” or otherwise) play in trade mark law? … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit rejects class certification because ads differed

Cabral v. Supple LLC, — Fed.Appx. —-, 2015 WL 3855142, No. 13–55943 (9th Cir. June 23, 2015)   The court of appeals vacated the certification of a class of purchasers of a dietary supplement. The certified class was “[a]ll persons … Continue reading

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claim of “improved” version of competitor’s product not likely to confuse

Arborjet, Inc. v. Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements, Inc., 63 F.Supp.3d 149 (D. Mass. 2014)   Arborjet sued Rainbow over an alleged breach of a sales agency agreement and won a preliminary injunction.  Arborjet makes insect and pest control products for … Continue reading

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False patent marking isn’t material to business customers

Pactiv, LLC v. Multisorb Technologies, Inc., 63 F.Supp.3d 832 (N.D. Ill. 2014)   Pactiv and Multisorb compete to sell oxygen absorbers—“packets of chemicals that react with moisture to absorb oxygen when placed inside food containers,” keeping food fresher longer. The … Continue reading

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Trademark scholars roundtable: roles for the consumer in TM

Seventh Trademark Scholars Roundtable: The Construction of the Consumer in Trade Mark Law   Session 1: Roles for the Consumer in Trade Mark Law What role does the “consumer” (whether “average” or “reasonable” or otherwise) play in trade mark law? … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit rejects class certification because ads differed

Cabral v. Supple LLC, — Fed.Appx. —-, 2015 WL 3855142, No. 13–55943 (9th Cir. June 23, 2015)   The court of appeals vacated the certification of a class of purchasers of a dietary supplement. The certified class was “[a]ll persons … Continue reading

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