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Another court is allergic to In re GNC’s flawed reasoning on falsity

Hobbs v. Gerber Prods. Co., 2018 WL 3861571, No. 17 CV 3534 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 14, 2018) Say what you will about Seventh Circuit substance (and I have), I like the crisp Seventh Circuit style, which seems to influence the … Continue reading

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Court considers fake reviews not deceptive if they’re just puffery

Jive Commerce, LLC  v. Wine Racks America, Inc., 2018 WL 3873675, No. 1:18-CV-49 TS-BCW (D. Utah Aug. 15, 2018) The parties compete in the wine rack and wine cellar industry. Jive’s principal Jason Miller was formerly employed by WRA. Miller … Continue reading

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DC Circuit dodges incontestability, finds little-noticed statements immaterial in dueling desserts case

Paleteria La Michoacana, Inc. v. Productos Lacteos Tocumbo S.A. de C.V., 2018 WL 3894587, No. 17-7075 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 10, 2018) The facts are a mess, but basically PLM and Prolacto both make paletas, Mexican frozen desserts, using nearly the … Continue reading

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IPSC plenary

Tonya Evans, CryptoKitties, Cryptography, and Copyright Nonfungible digital creativity, enabled by the ERC 721 standard on the Ethereum blockchain: verifiable, indestructible digital scarcity.  NFTs overcome failures of existing digital structure for creators by providing for ownership, provenance, chain of title.  … Continue reading

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IPSC session 6

Session 6: Tort-Tinged IP Ben Depoorter (and Robert Walker), So Sue Me … Please! Reverse Nuisance in Intellectual Property Law Goldieblox case: filed declaratory judgment against Beastie Boys. Getting sued can sometimes be a boon and can bring a lot … Continue reading

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Preserve challenged ads/social media posts after receiving a C&D or risk sanctions

Nutrition Distribution LLC v. Pep Research, LLC, No. 16CV2328-WQH(BLM), 2018 WL 3769162  (S.D. Cal. Aug. 9, 2018) (magistrate judge) A spoliation/false advertising issue.  “While Defendants produced some social media documents, the production did not include Facebook or Twitter posts relating … Continue reading

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IPSC session 5

Session 5: Copyright Michael Carroll, The Law of Musical Borrowing: A concept of © distinctiveness is implicit in how we talk about substantial similarity.  Who decides this? It’s supposed to be the consumer: ordinary observer/intended audience. Both TM and © … Continue reading

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