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Don’t send a TM to do a (c)’s job: 7th Circuit rules in Slep-Tone case

Mark McKenna organized an amicus brief in this case, which was not cited by the court but advocated a position similar to that adopted by the panel. Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC v. Rumsey, No. 15-2844 (7th Cir. July 21, 2016) … Continue reading

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There’s no cushioning this blow: Comparative advertising is copyright fair use

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. American Signature, Inc., 2014 WL 11320708, No. 11–cv–427 (S.D. Ohio June 25, 2014)   This 2014 case just showed up in my Westclip search and is worth noting for adding to the small but consistent … Continue reading

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I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine: copyright preempts Dirty Dancing trademark claim

I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine: copyright preempts Dirty Dancing trademark claim   Lions Gate Ent. Inc. v. TD Ameritrade Servs. Co., No. cv 15-05024  (C.D. Cal. Mar. 14, 2016)   Lions Gate sued TD for … Continue reading

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Court mashes up Dastar and commercial speech doctrine to protect book from Lanham Act

Keel v. Axelrod, No. 15-1507, 2015 WL 7733973 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 1, 2015)   Political operative David Axelrod wrote a book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Frank Keel, a political and media consultant, sued under state and federal law … Continue reading

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Dastar bars website trade dress claim that just repeats copyright allegations

Touchpoint Communications, LLC v. DentalFone, LLC, No. 15-cv-05240 (W.D. Wash. Oct. 9, 2015)   Touchpoint and DentalFone are Internet dental marketing companies.  Touchpoint filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a judgment of noninfringement of DentalFone’s copyrights and trade dress/lack of … Continue reading

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Copyright infringement is channeled into (c), not state or Lanham Act claims

Quadratec, Inc. v. Turn 5, Inc., 2015 WL 4876314, No. 13–6384 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 13, 2015)   The parties compete to sell removable soft tops and other aftermarket parts and accessories for Jeep vehicles. Quadratec alleged that it invests substantial … Continue reading

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Another circuit agrees that Dastar-barred claims can’t be repled as false advertising

Kehoe Component Sales Inc. v. Best Lighting Products, Inc., — F.3d —-, No. 14–3347, 2015 WL 4635824 (6th Cir. Aug. 5, 2015)   Best asked Kehoe (“Pace”) to make specialized lighting products for Best.  After Pace made enough units to … Continue reading

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