Monthly Archives: April 2016

Copyright Registration Practice with Robert Kasunic

Copyright Registration and the Compendium Robert Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice, U.S. Copyright Office   25th anniversary of Feist.  Cornerstone of his approach to copyrightability.  Feist isn’t a telephone book case; it’s the … Continue reading

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Organization for Transformative Works fundraising drive

Organization for Transformative Works membership drive: of possible interest to law-types in particular, we submitted over 100,000 words on 3 continents in 2015 in support of transformative noncommercial use.  (Wow.)  Please support the OTW with a donation! from Blogger http://ift.tt/1qvKCwS

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Go to the mattresses: Tempurpedic wins TRO against Goldilocks claim

Tempur Seal Int’l, Inc. v. Wondergel, LLC, 2016 WL 1305155, No. 5:16-cv-83 (E.D. Ky. Apr. 1, 2016)   The parties compete to sell mattresses.  Wondergel created a comparative ad featuring a Tempurpedic mattress, though not identifying it by name.  During … Continue reading

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No mark, no false designation of origin is still the rule in NY

Innovation Ventures, LLC v. Ultimate One Distributing Corp., 2016 WL 1317524, No. 12-CV-5354 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016)   The Fourth Circuit’s Belmora decision did more than create protection for foreign marks in the US; it created a conflict with a … Continue reading

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Something smells: new product makes competitor’s claims instantly literally false

Playtex Prods., LLC v. Munchkin, Inc., 2016 WL 1276450, No. 14-cv-1308 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2016)   Playtex makes a diaper pail, the Diaper Genie, with three current varieties: Diaper Genie Elite, Diaper Genie Essentials, and Diaper Genie Mini. Soiled diapers … Continue reading

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idea/expression distinction saves Toyota ad from infringement claim

Croak v. Saatchi & Saatchi, North America, Inc., No. 15 Civ. 7201 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016)   James Croak created a sculpture, “Pegasus, Some Loves Hurt More Than Others,” a mixed-media, life- sized work that was first exhibited in 1983. … Continue reading

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Copyright Registration Practice with Rob Kasunic

Copyright Registration Practice with Robert Kasunic Wednesday, April 06, 20162:00 PM – 5:30 PMAmerican University Washington College of Law4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DCCeremonial Courtroom NT01 Where I’ll be tomorrow, probably talking about jigsaw puzzles: Robert Kasunic, the Associate Register … Continue reading

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Trademark issues seen in NYC

Toy Store: Might Pixar have anything to say? Banned books matchbooks: Slaughterhouse-Five and Fahrenheit 451   from Blogger http://ift.tt/1UPFK2x

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comments on 512 from the Organization for Transformative Works

Available here.  I look forward to participating in the Copyright Office’s roundtable as well.  from Blogger http://ift.tt/25AEJig

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User-generated discontent: patents, gender, and innovation

The NYT has a fascinating story about innovation, menstruation, and the challenges of seeking backing for a project that combines the two. from Blogger http://ift.tt/25AEJ1E

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