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TM scholars’ roundtable, part 4

Research directions in Trademark Law 2017-2018 Discussants:    Bill McGeveran: History of scholarly productivity coming 1-2 years after the roundtables as seeds germinated.  Agenda-setting: boundary issues and registration.  Territorial/product dimensions; the consumers; design—picking up on something already in the air, but … 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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TM scholars’ roundtable part 2

Session 2: Proxies for Distinctiveness; Proving Distinctiveness (and Secondary meaning); Strength of a Mark Do current doctrinal tests properly assess actual consumer reaction to purported marks? What is and should be the role of consumer surveys in proving secondary meaning … Continue reading

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TM scholars’ roundtable

Ninth Trademark Scholars Roundtable: Distinctiveness, Secondary Meaning, Reputation And Fame Chicago-Kent College of Law Session 1:       Distinctiveness (including Secondary Meaning) as a Legal Concept Introduction:   Barton Beebe: different approaches. Any general claims about distinctiveness must take into account: eligibility for … Continue reading

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Iconic movie scene allows copyright but not TM claim against multimedia installation

Harold Lloyd Entertainment, Inc. v. Moment Factory One, Inc., No. LA CV15-01556, 2015 WL 12765142 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 29, 2015)| Another blast for the past—I would really like to know more about the Westclip algorithm, but I can’t complain too … Continue reading

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Marketing method and display are functional, nondistinctive trade dress

AMID, Inc. v. Medic Alert Found. U.S. Inc., No. H-16-1137 (S.D. Tex. Mar. 16, 2017) American Medical ID (AMID) sued MedicAlert Foundation United States for trade dress and copyright infringement. The parties compete in the market for medical-identification jewelry. One … Continue reading

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allegedly false generic claims not actionable, but contributory liability possible

Concordia Pharm. Inc., S.À.R.L. v. Winder Laboratories, LLC, 16-CV-00004 (N.D. Ga. Mar. 15, 2017) Concordia makes Donnatal to treat irritable bowel syndrome and acute enterocolitis.  (There’s related litigation that ended badly for the defendant there.)  Concordia’s predecessor had conditional approval … Continue reading

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