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Eyelash wars: court tosses counterfeiting claim, allows (c) claim to continue

Boost Beauty, LLC v. Woo Signatures, LLC, 2019 WL 560277, No. 2:18-cv-02960-CAS(Ex) (C.D. Cal. Feb. 11, 2019) Mark Lemley says that many businesses think the term “unfair competition” is redundant; many trademark plaintiffs likewise think that “infringement” means “counterfeiting.” Here, … Continue reading

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TM Reading list: Legal Realism: Unfinished Business by Ramsi A. Woodcock

Short and punchy: For the realist, legal reasoning lacks the determinacy of mathematics because, looked at from the right angle, anything can be analogized to anything else. Trademarks are like easements in that they are both contingent on ownership of … Continue reading

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Influencer’s laundry list complaint against PopSugar survives motion to dismiss

Batra v. Popsugar, Inc., 2019 WL 482492, No. 18-cv-03752-HSG (N.D. Cal. Feb. 7, 2018) Batra sued Popsugar for removing the CMI of her photograph, infringing her copyright, violating her right of publicity, intentionally interfering with her contracts, engaging in false … Continue reading

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Amicus brief in Mongols TM forfeiture case

Stacey Dogan, Mark Lemley, Jessica Litman, Mark McKenna, Jennifer Rothman, Jessica Silbey, and I filed an amicus in the Mongols trademark forfeiture case.  We argue that, while trademark forfeiture is generally possible, any successful transfer would have to include goodwill. … Continue reading

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better bank battle: false use of (R) can’t support false advertising claim

San Diego County Credit Union v. Citizens Equity First Credit Union, No. 18cv967-GPC(RBB), 2019 WL 446475 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 5, 2019) SDCCU sued CEFCU, its competitor in the credit union market, seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity of … Continue reading

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WIPIP 2019, Trademark panel

On Gripe Sites and Trademark Rights: Taking Stock of Cooperstock, Carys Craig United Airlines v. Cooperstock, Untied.com: United complaint site with an altered/sadface logo and a popup disclaimer. Sued for © and TM infringement, and initially held liable for infringement … Continue reading

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claim to bring original formula of another’s brand back wasn’t nominative fair use

GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Laclede, Inc., 2019 WL 293329, No. 18-CV-4945 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 23, 2019) Judge Furman gets another TM case; in his close adherence to precedent he demonstrates some of the current weak points in TM doctrine, here the … Continue reading

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