Monthly Archives: October 2020

trademark law continues as 500 pound gorilla in glue case

J-B Weld Company, LLC v. Gorilla Glue Co., — F.3d —-, 2020 WL 6144561, No. 18-14975 (11th Cir. Oct. 20, 2020) This case illustrates how much leeway trademark claims often get and how little false advertising claims do. My daughter … Continue reading

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website traffic quality assessment isn’t advertising, or defamatory as to site

Young Hollywood LLC v. White Ops, Inc., No. CV 20-03334 PA (RAOx), 2020 WL 6162795 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2020) Plaintiff is a “publisher and distributor of exclusive, premium celebrity and lifestyle content.” Its revenue comes exclusively from advertising and … Continue reading

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descriptive fair use defeats counterfeiting claim (on PI motion)

Freelancer Int’l Pty Ltd. v. Upwork Global, Inc., 2020 WL 6271030, No. 20-cv-06132-SI (N.D. Cal. Oct. 23, 2020) The parties compete in offering “software platforms matching freelancers with freelancing jobs.” Plaintiff Freelancer Tech has standard character mark registrations for FREELANCER … Continue reading

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Disparagement doesn’t cause TM confusion (and a covid-related claim)

Dupart v. Roussell, 2020 WL 6308339, No. 20-1406 (E.D. La. Oct. 28, 2020) Plaintiffs (Dupart and Harris) alleged that Roussell’s YouTube videos and Instagram posts discuss their personal lives and Dupart’s cosmetics brand, Kaleidoscope, which competes with Roussell’s Sip Cosmetics. … Continue reading

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robust TX anti-SLAPP law protects critic despite arguments that she was partly competing

ADB Interest, LLC v. Wallace, 606 S.W.3d 413 (Tex. Ct. App. 2020) This is an anti-SLAPP case about statements by a disgruntled customer/alleged competitor. Black, the managing member of ADB, invented the FasciaBlaster, which is marketed by ADB. The user … Continue reading

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lack of irreparable harm dooms injunction against false advertising of drug disposal product

In re C2R Global Manufacturing, Inc., No. 18-30182-beh, 2020 WL 5941330 (E.D. Wisc. Bkcy Oct. 6, 2020) Verde sought a preliminary injunction against C2R, its direct competitor in the drug disposal market, from engaging in false and misleading advertising in … Continue reading

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omitting “all” or “every” can avoid literal falsity of general claim

SkyHawke Technologies, LLC v. GolfzonDeca, Inc., No. SACV 19-1692-GW-PLAx, 2020 WL 6115095 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 3, 2020) A limited preliminary injunction turning on the difference between literal falsity and implicit falsity: claims that human beings walked each golf course at … Continue reading

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funny survey typo doesn’t invalidate confusion survey

Pinder v. 4716 Inc., 2020 WL 6081498, No. CV-18-02503-RCC (D. Ariz. Oct. 15, 2020) This strip club right of publicity-etc. case is mostly as plaintiff-favorable as others coming out of Arizona. The notable thing: the court says the survey here … Continue reading

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another G v. O preview, shorter

IPLAC/CBA (Chicago) panel Intro by Adam Wolek, Taft Law Chris Mohr, GC/VP for IP, Software & Information Indus. Ass’n.: Didn’t participate in this case b/c we have members on both sides. Tension b/t © protection of expression and functionality historically … Continue reading

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Google v. Oracle argument preview

Chicago-Kent College of Law 2020 Supreme Court IP Review: Google v. Oracle Copyrightability issue: Pam Samuelson: Supreme Court has 2x decided that functionality defeats ©ability for certain words/symbols when they constitute a system/method for accomplishing a useful result. Paris v. … Continue reading

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