Monthly Archives: December 2020

100% good news: 7th Cir. reverses “100% grated parmesan cheese” dismissal

Bell v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 2020 WL 7137786, — F.3d –, Nos. 19-2581, 19-2741 (7th Cir. Dec. 7, 2020) Note: Then-Circuit Judge Barrett was a member of the panel when this case was submitted but did not participate in … Continue reading

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Penn. dilution is broader than federal dilution; former licensee might not own marks despite its registrations

I.M. Wilson, Inc. v. Otvetstvennostyou “Grichko,” No. 18-5194, 2020 WL 6731109 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 13, 2020) The OG parties are Russian and Czech entities that manufacture and sell ballet and pointe shoes under the name GRISHKO. In the early 1990s, … Continue reading

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intentional misleadingness obviates need for deception evidence

Aoki v. Gilbert, 2020 WL 6741693, No. 11-cv-02797-TLN-CKD (E.D. Cal. Nov. 17, 2020) The court explains: “Put most succinctly, at trial Plaintiffs contended Defendants infringed Dr. Aoki’s patents for his pulsed insulin diabetes treatment method; infringed Dr. Aoki’s copyrighted slides; … Continue reading

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Copyright year in review

I had a great time presenting this to the Copyright Society of Los Angeles. My slides. This is going to be an opinionated overview; I know you’re an expert audience and I’m going to try to highlight developments you may … Continue reading

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Pirate donut’s TM claim against Dunkin X’ed out

Grazette v. Bitcoin of America, LLC, 2020 WL 6789352, No. 19-CV-4837 (MKB) (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2020) Despite the main name here, the question presented is whether the design on a gift card sold by Dunkin’ Donuts “counterfeit[s]” the trademarked logo … Continue reading

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advertising injury insurance covers false advertising/patent case despite exclusions

In re Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. SharkNinja Operating LLC, No. N20C-02-014 PRW CCLD (Del. Super. Ct. Nov. 19, 2020) Indian Harbor provided SharkNinja with personal and advertising injury insurance; it was sued for false advertising and patent infringement by … Continue reading

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it’s not misleading to advertise the same thing with two names and two prices

 Lokey v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., 2020 WL 6822890, No. 20-cv-04782-LB (N.D. Cal. Nov. 20, 2020) Lokey alleged that CVS violated the FAL/UCL/CLRA by marketing its CVS-branded infant pain-and-fever medicine at a higher price (up to two and a half times … Continue reading

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MGM ekes out motion to dismiss TM claim against movie content

Deus ex Machina Motorcycles Pty. Ltd. v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., No. CV 20-4822-PLA, 2020 WL 6875178 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 23, 2020) The Honey Badger case continues to screw up 9th Circuit law, here making a movie’s protection against allegations of trademark … Continue reading

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When is “verified by [platform]” an actionable misrepresentation about authenticity?

Choon’s Design, LLC v. Contextlogic Inc., 2020 WL 6891824, No. 19-cv-05300-HSG (N.D. Cal. Nov. 24, 2020) Defendant Contextlogic runs Wish, which is allegedly a “bargain hunting retail website and smartphone shopping application,” with 94 percent of its merchants based in … Continue reading

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Georgia “data breach as unfair trade practice” claim fails

Collins v. Athens Orthopedic Clinic, 849 S.E.2d 213, A18A0296 (Ga. Ct. App. 2020) Former and current patients filed a putative class action against the Athens Orthopedic Clinic for negligence, breach of implied contract, unjust enrichment, attorney fees, injunctive relief under … Continue reading

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