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Bridging the Gap Between the Federal Courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law Symposium Sorry, guys, I did not follow the patent panels. Panel III: Trademarks Rebecca Tushnet, Fixing Incontestability: The Next Frontier Incontestability is a nearly unique feature of American trademark law, with a … Continue reading

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Blast from the past: pleading falsity based on scientific claims

Biolase, Inc. v. Fotona Proizvodnja Optoelektronskih Naprav D. D., No. CV 14-0248, 2014 WL 12579802 (C.D. Cal. Jun. 4, 2014) A rare case applying the Second Circuit’s ONY case and perhaps suggesting why that case wasn’t a blockbuster.  Biolase and Fotona … Continue reading

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Craigslist credit scam by affiliate leads to FTC action

Federal Trade Commission v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC, 2017 WL 680344, No. 17 C 194 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 21, 2017) I think Eric Goldman will see a §230 issue here. The FTC sued CBC, Michael Brown, Danny Pierce, and Andrew … Continue reading

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Re:Create features fan vidders for fair use week

See (and watch!) here.  Lim’s Marvels is my favorite of her work, but her editing is generally flawless.  I find it a particularly good example for fair use week because of the way it shamelessly panders to the female gaze, … Continue reading

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Court won’t hear false advertising and contributory liability claims based on tinnitus credentialing

Academy of Doctors of Audiology v. International Hearing Society, 2017 WL 679354, No. 16-13839 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 21, 2017) IHS held a training program on tinnitus care in Orlando, Florida, stating that it would provide a “Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate” … Continue reading

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Reading list: aesthetic nondiscrimination and fair use

 Brian L. Frye, Aesthetic Nondiscrimination & FairUse,  3 Belmont L. Rev. 29 (2016) ABSTRACT While courts do not consider the aesthetic value of an element of a work in determining whether it is protected by copyright, they do consider the … Continue reading

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State law can’t protect uncopyrightable design for useful article

Ultraflo Corp. v. Pelican Tank Parts, Inc., No. 15-20084 (5th Cir. Jan. 11, 2017) A nice citation for the proposition that §301 preemption covers both copyrightable and uncopyrightable matter. Ultraflo argued that Pelican engaged in unfair competition by misappropriation claim … Continue reading

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