Monthly Archives: March 2016

One Haas impersonating another is TM infringement, false advertising

Haas Door Co. v. Haas Garage Door Co., No. 3:13 CV 2507, 2016 WL 1047242 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 16, 2016)   A family-owned business split, and split a trademark, and then things went bad.   Founded in 1953, Haas Door … Continue reading

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Porn site’s use of TMs in metatags not confusing

Multifab, Inc. v. ArlanaGreen.com, 122 F. Supp. 3d 1055 (E.D. Wash. 2015)   Plaintiff made commercial industrial components and equipment, and used the name “Multifab” for at least 25 years.  It has the multifabinc.com domain name. ArlanaGreen.com features pornographic images … Continue reading

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A generic post about trademark overclaiming

Miller’s Ale House, Inc. v. DCCM Restaurant Group, LLC, 2016 WL 1040005, No: 6:15-cv-1109-Orl-22TBS (M.D. Fla. Mar. 16, 2016)   Miller sued DCCM for false designation of origin/unfair competition under state and federal law. Miller’s operates approximately seventy sports bar … Continue reading

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Checkered result for Uber: some false advertising claims survive

Checker CAB Philadelphia, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 2016 WL 950934, NO. 14-7265 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 7, 2016)   Checker sued Uber and Google for Lanham Act and RICO violations.  Unsurprisingly, this opinion kicks out Google and RICO, leaving Uber … Continue reading

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I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine: copyright preempts Dirty Dancing trademark claim

I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine: copyright preempts Dirty Dancing trademark claim   Lions Gate Ent. Inc. v. TD Ameritrade Servs. Co., No. cv 15-05024  (C.D. Cal. Mar. 14, 2016)   Lions Gate sued TD for … Continue reading

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Reading list: dilution fails an empirical test

Christo Boshoff , The lady doth protest too much: a neurophysiological perspective on brand tarnishment, 25 J. Product & Brand Management (2016):   [C]onsumers’ emotional responses to a series of brand tarnishment advertisements are investigated in this study. The purpose … Continue reading

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Private Law & IP, Remedies and Prizes

Session 7: Remedies and Prizes Moderator: Chief Judge Patti B. Saris (D. Mass.): 50% of all claim constructions are reversed, and 80% of all damages.  So judges are interested in improvements.   John M. Golden, “Reasonable Certainty in Contract and … Continue reading

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