Monthly Archives: January 2019

Swinging for the fences: court finds fraud on PTO from false first use date

Anello Fence, LLC v. VCA Sons, Inc., 2019 WL 351899, No. 13-3074 (JMV) (JBC) (D.N.J. Jan. 28, 2019) “This trademark case arises out of a family dispute over the use of the last name ‘Anello’ in competing outdoor fencing businesses … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

claim to bring original formula of another’s brand back wasn’t nominative fair use

GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Laclede, Inc., 2019 WL 293329, No. 18-CV-4945 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 23, 2019) Judge Furman gets another TM case; in his close adherence to precedent he demonstrates some of the current weak points in TM doctrine, here the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

reality series “Love at First Flight” doesn’t infringe previous web series of same name

Reflex Media, Inc. v. Pilgrim Studios, Inc., No. CV 18-2260-GW(FFMx), 2018 WL 6566561 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 27, 2018) The court here dismisses trademark/unfair competition and copyright claims against a reality TV show with the same name as Reflex’s earlier YouTube … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What’s UpCounsel? LegalForce thinks it’s false advertising

LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C. v. UpCounsel, Inc., 2019 WL 160335, No. 18-cv-02573-YGR (N.D. Cal. Jan. 10, 2019) LegalForce’s litigation against various competitors in the trademark registration world continues.  UpCounsel “is an online marketplace for legal services that enables users (primarily … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

FDCA preempts arguments that structure/function claims in fact mislead about disease prevention

Dachauer v. NBTY, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2019 WL 150016, No. 17-16242 (9th Cir. Jan. 10, 2019) Defendants make vitamin E supplements that claim, on their labels, to “support cardiovascular health” and to “promote[ ] immune function,” “immune health,” “heart … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Claims in contracts aren’t “advertising or promotion”

Segerdahl Corp. v. American Litho, Inc., No. 17-cv-3015, 2019 WL 157924 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 10, 2019) This opinion deals with Lanham Act/coordinate state law counterclaims by American Litho against Segerdahl. The parties compete within the direct mail service market, a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

false advertising claim needs to talk about asterisks to plead with particularity

Anthony v. Pharmavite, 2019 WL 109446, No. 18-cv-02636-EMC (N.D. Cal. Jan. 4, 2019) Despite generally favorable substantive rulings for plaintiffs, the court dismisses the complaint for false advertising of a nutrition supplement for failure to plead with particularity under Rule … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment