Monthly Archives: February 2016

Another court finds keyword buys don’t cause likely confusion

USA Nutraceuticals Group, Inc. v. BPI Sports, LLC, 2016 WL 695596, No. 15-CIV-80352 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 22, 2016)   Plaintiff, here “Beast,” sells sports nutrition supplements using trademarks such as “Beast,” “Beast Sports,” “Beast Mode,” and “Train Like a Beast.” … Continue reading

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Second Circuit upholds law against “credit surcharges” that allows “cash discounts”

Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, 803 F. 3d 94 (2d Cir. 2015)   Somehow I missed this when it came out last September! New York General Business Law § 518 provides that “[n]o seller in any sales transaction may impose … Continue reading

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WIPIP Session 7: International issues

Session 7 Room 145: International IP   Sean Flynn, Mike Palmedo, & Walter Park, Creating a Database of Changes to Copyright User Rights in 40 Nations   Fair dealing is flexible (uses a balancing test) but not open (limited classes … Continue reading

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WIPIP session 6: IP Theory

Session 6 IP Theory 3   BJ Ard, More Property-Like than Property: The Asymmetry of Remedies in Tangible and Intellectual Property   Real property remedies are less “property-like” than IP remedies.  Property v. liability rules. Real property often much more … Continue reading

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WIPIP Session 5: Copyright 2

Session 5 Copyright 2   Zahr Said, A Transactional Approach to the Lay Observer in Copyright Law   Internal contradictions in uses of the observer.  Humanities perspective: copyright doesn’t have a theory of reading/interpretation/engaging with works.  Reader response theory as … Continue reading

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WIPIP Session 4: Design

Session 4: IP, Design, User Experience   Sarah Burstein, Reviving Ornamentality: Fed. Cir. killed ornamentality in design; right now it means nothing other than Morton-Norwich nonfunctionality. She thinks we should bring it back.  Two aspects: (1) “matter of concern” in … Continue reading

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WIPIP Session 3: Trademark again

Session 3 Trademark 2   Irene Calboli & Dan Hunter, Trademark Proliferation: Lots of marks—Louboutin soles; motion of Lamborghini doors; etc.  Why so many?  Very broad definition of what can be protected as a mark + ill-interpreted concept of distinctiveness.  … Continue reading

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