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It stinks to high heaven: knockoff fragrances infringing, diluting, falsely advertised, but not counterfeit

Coty Inc. v. Excell Brands, LLC, No. 15-CV-7029, 2017 WL 4155402 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 18, 2017) Coty and a number of other producers and distributors of well-known fragrances sued Excell, which produced cheap “versions” of Coty’s fragrances, with similar names and … Continue reading

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It stinks to high heaven: knockoff fragrances infringing, diluting, falsely advertised, but not counterfeit

Coty Inc. v. Excell Brands, LLC, No. 15-CV-7029, 2017 WL 4155402 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 18, 2017) Coty and a number of other producers and distributors of well-known fragrances sued Excell, which produced cheap “versions” of Coty’s fragrances, with similar names and … Continue reading

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TM Scholars’ roundtable part 3

Fame, Reputation and “Well-Known-ness” Mark Janis: is fame something distinguishable from distinctiveness, or is it merely the highest degree of distinctiveness?  Possible topics: dilution thresholds v. well-known marks thresholds.  Coach v. Triumph, Fed. Cir., Coach handbags and Coach tutoring services. … Continue reading

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MOB receives early Xmas present: 2d Circuit affirms LV’s loss

Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. My Other Bag, Inc., 16-241-cv (2d. Cir. Dec. 22, 2016) Contrary to my expectations for the Second Circuit, this is a quick summary affirmance—testament to Judge Furman’s careful reasoning below (which one would hope supports … Continue reading

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Amicus in LV v. My Other Bag

Chris Sprigman and I organized a law professors’ brief supporting My Other Bag in LV’s appeal from the well-reasoned district court opinion.  Open call for anyone defending against a dilution claim: it’s time for the straight-up First Amendment challenge, and … Continue reading

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IPSC breakout session 2

IPSC Breakout Session II: Trademarks, Advertising & Consumers Relying on Reputation Jim Gibson Reputation: what rational consumers would use to decide what products/services to buy. We shouldn’t expect that info to be widely available to consumers w/o some help, and … Continue reading

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Another poster child for a national anti-SLAPP law: dilution claims against a critic

Doctor’s Data, Inc. v. Barrett, 2016 WL 1086510, No. 10 C 03795 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 21, 2016)   Plaintiff DDI sued Dr. Stephen J. Barrett, M.D., the National Council Against Health Fraud, and Quackwatch for violating §43, as well as … Continue reading

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