Monthly Archives: April 2019

Cable service provider engaged in reverse passing off of DirecTV signal (and other bad acts)

Northeast Cable Televis., LLC v. DirecTV, LLC, 2019 WL 1767066, No. 18CV2559 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 22, 2019) DirecTV’s satellite television service provides hundreds of channels. For certain kinds of multiple-unit properties (usually a hotel or motel, hospital, college dormitory, or … Continue reading

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Allegations of patent infringement could be defamatory but not false advertising

GeigTech East Bay LLC v. Lutron Electron. Co., 2019 WL 1768965, No. 18 Civ. 5290 (CM) (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2019) “What started as a garden-variety intellectual property dispute has morphed into something less conventional.” GeigTech initially sued Lutron, alleging that … Continue reading

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advertisers’ claim against Google for insufficient credits for bad clicks continues

Adtrader, Inc. v. Google LLC, 2019 WL 1767206, No. 17-cv-07082-BLF (N.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2019) Advertisers buy ad space on Google’s AdX, while website publishers (or network partner managers (NPMs) who act for them) use AdX to sell ad space … Continue reading

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Shades of the Boston Marathon cases

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Copyright Office event on copyright & sports

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TMSR, part 3

Session 3: Defining Marks in Trademark Law vs. Defining Subject Matter in Adjacent Areas of IP In formulating rules about defining marks in trademark law, what (if anything) can be learned from the longstanding debate about defining pictorial, graphic, and … Continue reading

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TMSR, part 2

Session 2:  Defining Markets: Doctrinal Settings for Market Analysis in Trademark Law Trademark law clearly already undertakes market definition in the analysis of genericism and also for functionality. Are current approaches adequate? Are markets defined the same way, through the … Continue reading

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