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Amicus brief in video game/trademark case

With the help of Phil Malone and Alyssa Picard at Stanford’s IP clinic, I and others submitted a law professors’ brief in this case involving Activision’s use of Humvees in depictions of military operations in the Call of Duty games.  AMG … Continue reading

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Mock magazine cover doesn’t infringe, dilute, advertise falsely even if targeted at competitor

Ebony Media Operations, LLC v. Univision Communications Inc., No. 18-cv-11434-AKH (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 3, 2019) Judge Hellerstein called the question presented “interesting,” but an even better adjective would be “easy”: “whether, in the case of a famous magazine trademark, a competitor-magazine … Continue reading

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Mock magazine cover doesn’t infringe, dilute, advertise falsely even if targeted at competitor

Ebony Media Operations, LLC v. Univision Communications Inc., No. 18-cv-11434-AKH (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 3, 2019) Judge Hellerstein called the question presented “interesting,” but an even better adjective would be “easy”: “whether, in the case of a famous magazine trademark, a competitor-magazine … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line Between “News” and Commercial Speech

Panel 3 at the Abrams Institute conference Moderator:  Terri Seligman – Partner and Co-Chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz: newsworthiness/editorial value when there’s a commercial component. As an advertising lawyer, thinks of … Continue reading

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The Consumer “Right To Know” Versus the First Amendment

Panel II at the Abrams Institute’s conference Moderator: Jonah Knobler, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler: recent attempts to do things like require disclosure of child labor in manufacturing process, and related consumer protection cases arguing that failure to disclose … Continue reading

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Commercial Speech & the First Amendment

From Yale Law School’s Abrams Institute for Freedom of Speech: Commercial Speech and the First Amendment Floyd Abrams: does commercial speech protection affect non-commercial speech law, for example by decreasing protection for political speech?  We’ve found that political speech proponents … Continue reading

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major beer battle turns on Mead (Johnson)

Long post, lots of stuff to cover in this opinion. MillerCoors, LLC v. Anheuser-Busch Cos., No. 19-cv-218-wmc (W.D. Wisc. May 24, 2019) There’s an apocryphal ad story about a cannery stuck with unmarketable pale salmon that turned its disadvantage around … Continue reading

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