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A Celebration of the Work of Wendy Gordon, part 2

Harmless Free Riding by Wendy Gordon, Boston University School of Law  (Additional related drafts from Wendy: Time and Intellectual Property After Coaseand Proximate Cause in the Law of Copyright: Linking Liability to Incentives) Common law imposes penalties on those who harm much more readily than … Continue reading

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Legal Applications of Marketing Theory, part 3

Lorin Hitt, Vildan Altuglu, Samid Hussain, & Matteo Li Bergolis, Wharton & Cornerstone Research, Cornerstone Research, Cornerstone Research, Valuation of Privacy: Assessing Potential Harm from Unauthorized Access and Misuse of Private Information in Consumer Class Actions: Disputes over use of … Continue reading

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Allegations of patent infringement could be defamatory but not false advertising

GeigTech East Bay LLC v. Lutron Electron. Co., 2019 WL 1768965, No. 18 Civ. 5290 (CM) (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2019) “What started as a garden-variety intellectual property dispute has morphed into something less conventional.” GeigTech initially sued Lutron, alleging that … Continue reading

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statements about patent license status can violate Lanham Act’s false advertising provisions

Au New Haven, LLC v. YKK Corp., No. 15-cv-3411-GHW-SN, 2019 WL 1437516 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2019) Au holds the patent to a water-resistant zipper, and YKK had an exclusive “field of use” license that it allegedly exceeded, resulting in this … Continue reading

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Call for Authors – Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Property Opinions

Deadline for Applying: Friday, April 26, 2019 The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project seeks contributors of rewritten judicial opinions and commentary on the rewritten opinions for an edited collection tentatively titled Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Property Opinions. This edited volume is part … Continue reading

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Bad argument of the day: potential registration should count as (R) because opposer is accused infringer

Herman Miller, Inc. v. Blumenthal Distributing, Inc., 2019 WL 1416472, No. LA CV17-04279 JAK (SPx) (C.D. Cal. Mar. 3, 2019) Lots of stuff going on here.  Herman Miller sued Blumenthal for infringing on the trade dress of one of its … Continue reading

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Lanham Act claim based on patent threats fails even with invalidation of the patent

American Fireglass v. Moderustic, Inc., — F.Supp.3d —-, 2019 WL 1227963, No. 15-CV-2866 JLS (BGS) (S.D. Cal. Mar. 15, 2019) The parties compete in the market for pieces of broken tempered glass for use in fireplaces and fire pits (Moderustic … Continue reading

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False advertising claim based on patent threats fails to overcome high hurdles for such a claim

Globe Cotyarn Pvt. Ltd. v. Next Creations Holdings LLC, 2019 WL 498303, No. 18 Civ. 04208 (ER) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 8, 2019) Globe, a fabric manufacturer, sued a fabric patent holder, AAVN, and its subsidiary, Next Creations, for falsely claiming that … Continue reading

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WIPIP 2019, Plenary (designs)

Whole Designs, Sarah Burstein What is a “design for a useful article”?  TLDR: it’s a whole article.  Egyptian Goddess said the infringement test has to be sameness of appearance. Must appear substantially the same to the ordinary observer. Worst design … Continue reading

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Y/S/H Junior Faculty Forum, June 5-6 2019 Request for Submissions (including IP)

Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum June 5-6, 2019, Yale Law School Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools announce the 20th session of the Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Yale Law School on June 5-6, 2019. The Forum’s objective is … Continue reading

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