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Amicus brief in Booking.com

Joined by a number of able trademark scholars, I filed this amicus brief in Booking.com in support of neither party, arguing that (1) genericness standards need to take into account the risks of overassertion/overprotection, and (2) unfair competition doctrine provides … Continue reading

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calling business duration into question could actionably disparage its honesty

Giannone v. Giannone, 2019 WL 6910151, No. 16-cv-911 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 18, 2019) “A lamentable father-son conflict over a family plumbing business provides the backdrop for this Lanham Act case.” Joseph Giannone, Senior, failed to get summary judgment on his … Continue reading

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Court fixes mistake: Rogers applies to nonfiction titles

IOW, LLC v. Breus, 2019 WL 6603948, No. CV18-1649-PHX-DGC (D. Ariz. Dec. 2, 2019) The court quite properly grants a motion for reconsideration of part of its earlier opinion, correctly applying Rogers v. Grimaldi/Empire to protect the title of a … Continue reading

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Design Law Scholars Roundtable part 3

Session 3: Shaping an Overall Approach to Protection Introductions: Jerry Reichman and Estelle Derclaye  In what ways should different forms of protection be tailored to various types of subject matter (construed legally as forms of intellectual property, but also subject … Continue reading

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Design Law Scholars Roundtable part 2

Session 2: Legal Protection for Design Introduction: Chris Sprigman: what kinds of protection should be available depends on what the justifications for protection are. Incentives: requires us to ask about motivations of designers, the companies that employ them. Design of … Continue reading

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Design Law Scholars Roundtable (Notre Dame) part 1

I have just now gotten around to my notes from this excellent roundtable. Introduction: Mark McKenna & Graeme Dinwoodie Why do a roundtable like this? Putting together scholarly discussion for long-term outputs rather than particular works in the short term. … Continue reading

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Trademark overprotection panel, Suffolk

Second Annual Intellectual Property & Innovation Conference Suffolk University Law School NCSG The State of Trademark “Overprotection” by Courts and the PTO. What Happens When Institutions Overprotect Trademark Rights? Moderator: Leah Chan Grinvald, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor … Continue reading

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