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Amicus brief in rehearing petition for Warhol v. Goldsmith

 With Christine Farley and Pam Samuelson: our brief addresses the effect of Google v. Oracle, which the Second Circuit has explicitly asked for more briefing about. I would expect other amicus interest, including on Goldsmith’s side, given the stakes of … Continue reading

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Nominative fair use (maybe) and Amazon

 I’ve recently seen two examples of the following phenomenon: off of Amazon, an advertiser uses images of its product with another well-known product, and they do go together, but on Amazon, the advertising is different. Anyone know if there’s an … Continue reading

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DoorDash invites users to get their grub on

Screenshot of mobile search results for “Grubhub.” Note also “Great Grubs” in the DoorDash blurb. I don’t think it’s unlawful, but it’s kind of tacky: from Blogger https://ift.tt/3sIZJCM

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2020-2021 Georgetown Law Technology Review Student Writing Competition

 From the site: 2020-2021 TOPIC Students are invited to submit papers addressing a legal or public policy question relating to emerging and sustained challenges to legal and political structures created by online platforms, digital services, and other emerging technologies.  Example … Continue reading

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The 4th Circuit makes trademark use more contextual

Combe Inc. v. Dr. August Wolff Gmbh & Co. Kg Arzneimittel, No. 19-1674 (4th Cir. Apr. 13, 2021) Not only is this case a good demonstration that courts are willing to give broad rights to marks based on similarities in … Continue reading

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ICANN working group report on TM rights protection mechanisms in all gTLDs now open for comment

Link to report and comment mechanisms. The Working Group did not recommend expanding trademark claimants’ preemptive/pre-registration notice rights to include broad matching or algorithmically generated close variants (misses a match by one letter, for example), but I expect that’s still … Continue reading

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Michael Jordan’s ROP claims against ads in the SI special issue on him

 I just heard this discussed on a GALA (Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, recommended for international updates) event, and fortuitously I’d decided to get my hands on a copy of the actual special issue. One thing I hadn’t realized from the … Continue reading

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Substantiation issues?

 This poster in a local dry cleaner’s, produced by a larger association, gave me pause: I believe that dry cleaning likely destroys most viruses present … but how many viruses are likely to be present? Does the claim of “effective, … Continue reading

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Recent reading: on brands and sumptuary codes

Inspired by Kali Murray’s great comments at this past week’s Race and IP conference, some notes from recent reading: Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America Relevant to TM and sumptuary laws (addressed in Barton Beebe’s … Continue reading

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Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment law seeking submissions

 The Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law (JSEL) is accepting submissions for Volume 13, set to publish during AY21-22. Submissions for Issue 1 will be reviewed and accepted through August 2021. JSEL is looking for articles on topics related to sports … Continue reading

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