Monthly Archives: May 2019

CopyrightX summit: Keynote by Maria Strong

CopyrightX summit Keynote: Maria Strong, Director of Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office Update on elements of protection, exceptions/permissible uses.  Biggest news in 20 years: Music Moernization Act, including many recommendations from the CO.  Blanket license for digital music … Continue reading

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She don’t lie, but the pharmaco might: cocaine false advertising case continues

Genus Lifesciences Inc. v. Lannett Company, Inc., 2019 WL 1981186, No. 18-cv-07603-WHO (N.D. Cal. May 3, 2019) Genus competes with Lannett in the market for cocaine hydrochloride nasal spray. It sued Lannett for false advertising and maintaining a monopoly related … Continue reading

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Patent grants and gender bias

Spotted via Colleen Chien, on patents and gender bias: The researchers found that women inventors with common names had an 8.2% lower chance of getting their patents approved. But the difference in probability of approval fell to 2.8% for those … Continue reading

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Journal article merited better disclosure of affiliation w/competing group, not a lawsuit

Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. v. American Bar Ass’n, — F.3d —-, 2019 WL 1930310, No. 18-2653 (7th Cir. May 1, 2019) The Board of Forensic Document Examiners is a non-profit organization that certifies forensic document examiners (currently about … Continue reading

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Copying before-and-after surgical photos can be false advertising despite Dastar

Aesthetic Associates, Inc. v. Key West Institute for Plastic Surgery, Inc., No. 18-10059-CIV-MARTINEZ-OTAZO-REYES, 2019 WL 1922854 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 5, 2019) Plaintiff, whose principal is Dr. Portuese, sued defendants for copyright infringement, removal of CMI and false advertising in passing … Continue reading

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court rejects contributory false advertising under Lanham Act

Telebrands Corp. v. My Pillow, Inc., 2019 WL 1923410, No. 18-CV-06318 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 30, 2019) Telebrands sued My Pillow (maker of a “patented pillow product,” which I’m so tempted to call PPP) for breach of contract, breach of implied … Continue reading

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Legal Applications of Marketing Theory, part 5 (me on puffery)

Rebecca Tushnet, Harvard Law School, On Puffery Puffery is a concept that purports to be about things consumers ignore and don’t rely on. It is in fact a concept about things courts ignore and won’t rule on.  At the moment, … Continue reading

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Legal Applications of Marketing Theory, part 4

Legal Applications of Marketing Theory, part 4 Steve Ansolbahahere & Jacob Gersen, Harvard University, Dept of Government & Harvard Law School, Consumer Confusion in the Law of Food (Are People Misled?) Pom Wonderful case: Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry 100% juice; … Continue reading

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Legal Applications of Marketing Theory, part 3

Lorin Hitt, Vildan Altuglu, Samid Hussain, & Matteo Li Bergolis, Wharton & Cornerstone Research, Cornerstone Research, Cornerstone Research, Valuation of Privacy: Assessing Potential Harm from Unauthorized Access and Misuse of Private Information in Consumer Class Actions: Disputes over use of … Continue reading

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Student writing competition on tech law

Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy and The Georgetown Law Technology Review are pleased to announce a new student writing competition to encourage original writing in the field of tech law and policy. 2018-2019 TOPIC Entrants are invited … Continue reading

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