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TM infringement and false advertising claims related to putative open source software “fork” succeed

Neo4j, Inc. v. PureThink, LLC, 2021 WL 2483778, No. 5:18-cv-07182-EJD (N.D. Cal. May 18, 2021) Neo4j specializes in graph database management systems. “Neo4j USA’s platform helps organizations make sense of their data by revealing how people, processes and digital systems … Continue reading

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student social media use of school colors/logo not plausibly confusing

Arizona Board of Regents v. Doe, 2021 WL 3684116, No. CV-20-01638-PHX-DWL (D. Ariz. Aug. 18, 2021) Doe, a real asshole (“deeply unsympathetic,” to use the court’s terms), advertised “ASU Covid Parties” on a similarly-named Instagram account and spewed a lot … Continue reading

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Reading list: The Confusion Test in European Trade Mark Law

Ilanah Fhima & Dev S. Gangjee, The Confusion Test in European Trade Mark Law (2019) A very helpful overview. From a US perspective, offers real insights into how a system of registration primacy differs from a system of use primacy. … Continue reading

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IIC decision also says some things about false advertising: materiality may not be presumed from literal falsity

Select Comfort Corp. v. Baxter; 996 F.3d 925 (8th Cir. 2021) You probably know that the court of appeals sent this case back for retrial on an initial interest confusion theory. I won’t say much about that, though I do … Continue reading

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organic protein is generic, but trade dress comes to the rescue

Orgain, Inc. v. Northern Innovations Holding Corp., 2021 WL 1321653, No. 8:18-cv-01253-JLS-ADS (C.D. Cal. Mar. 22, 2021) The parties compete in the market for nutritional supplements. Orgain alleged that defendants infringed its trade dress in selling a competing plant-based nutritional … Continue reading

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lawyer doesn’t make use in commerce by negotiating for client

Big Ligas, LLC v. Yu, 2021 WL 1518993, No. 20-23719-Civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. Apr. 16, 2021) Big Ligas is owned by three members equally: Daniel Echavarria, also known as Ovy; Christian Andres Salazar; and Paulo Londra. Ovy and Salazar are the … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as “leasing real estate in violation of the Lanham Act”

Wakefern Food Corp. v. Marchese, 2021 WL 3783259, No. 2:20-cv-15949-WJM-MF (D.N.J. Aug. 26, 2021) Always something new in trademark! Wakefern, the largest retailer-owned supermarket coop in the US, sued Marchese for attempting “to lease commercial real estate in violation of … Continue reading

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Amazon pulls further ahead of possible competitors in TM secondary liability wars

Ohio State Univ. v. Redbubble, Inc., No. 19-3388 (6th Cir. Feb. 25, 2021) “Because Amazon’s marketplace operates as a neutral intermediary between consumers and third-party vendors, courts have typically not found it liable for trademark-infringing goods sold through its platform.” … Continue reading

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Rogers test protects name of online news publication

Punchbowl, Inc. v. AJ Press LLC, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2021 WL 3356848, No. 21-cv-03010-SVW-MAR (C.D. Cal. Jul. 16, 2021) This Rogers case about the name of an online publication involves a motion to dismiss that was converted to a motion … Continue reading

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Robinhood’s newsletter isn’t commercial advertising

Jackson v. Robinhood Markets, Inc., 2021 WL 2435307, No. 21-cv-02304-LB (N.D. Cal. Jun. 15, 2021) Jackson, known professionally as Ice Cube, sued after Robinhood used his image and a paraphrase of a line from his song “Check Yo Self” to … Continue reading

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