Monthly Archives: February 2017

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The trademark part of ASTM v. PublicResource.org

American Soc. for Testing & Materials v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., No. 13-cv-1215 (D.D.C. Feb. 2, 2017) The copyrightability/fair use issues are serious and arguable here, but I’m going to focus on the trademark analysis, because unlike the copyright analysis it’s incoherently … Continue reading

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GM’s defeat device is almost by definition fraudulent omission

Counts v. General Motors, LLC, No. 16-cv-12541, 2017 WL 588457 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 14, 2017) Plaintiffs sued GM for deceptive advertising, breach of contract, and fraudulent concealment claims under the laws of thirty states based on GM’s alleged installation of … Continue reading

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claims about others’ patent infringement can be factual, commercial speech subject to Lanham Act

Global Tech Led, LLC v. HiLumz International Corp., 2017 WL 588669, No. 15–cv–553 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 14, 2017) The parties, former business partners, now compete in the retrofit LED lighting industry. Global Tech sued defendants for patent infringement. HiLumz counterclaimed … Continue reading

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Doctor’s evaluation of another doctor’s treatment isn’t commercial speech

Tobinick v. Novella, No. 15-14889 (11th Cir. Feb. 15, 2017) Ultimately, despite a long battle, this is a relatively easy case about “the medical viability of a novel use for a particular drug.”  Dr. Tobinick (plaintiff, along with related entities) … Continue reading

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Use of P’s photos to advertise D’s goods must be challenged via copyright, not Lanham Act, under Dastar

Barn Light Electric Company, LLC v. Barnlight Originals, Inc., 2016 WL 7135076, No.14–cv–1955 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 28, 2016) Plaintiff BLE, owned by the Scotts, sells light fixtures to consumers over the internet. Defendant Hi–Lite, owned by the Ohais, makes light … Continue reading

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Incontestability precludes non-listed defenses, court affirms

NetJets Inc. v. IntelliJet Gp., LLC, No. 15-4230 (6th Cir. Feb. 3, 2017) NetJets is a private aviation company that specializes in “fractional ownership” of private airplanes and related endeavors. NetJets’s predecessor company developed a software program to “run [the … Continue reading

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Spyware or spam?

A new one on me: Received spammy email claiming, “Hello Rebecca, I hope you don’t mind a fellow Tushnet reaching out. I have a permit which states that WW Express did some work at [your home]. Could you tell me … Continue reading

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This is not NORML: court of appeals finds ISU violated First Amendment with TM licensing program

Gerlich v. Leath, No. 16-1518 (8th Cir. Feb. 13, 2017) Iowa State University (ISU) grants student organizations permission to use its trademarks if certain conditions are met. The ISU student chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana … Continue reading

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when is a law firm “national”? hub-and-spoke firm finds out

Cochran Firm, P.C. v. Cochran Firm Los Angeles, LLP, 2016 WL 6023822, No. CV 12-5868 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 18, 2016) Previous 9th Circuit opinion affirming earlier unclean hands ruling discussed here. This case began with a legal partnership turned sour. … Continue reading

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