Tag Archives: trademark

impersonating company to solicit intimate images for private use isn’t TM infringement/false advertising

AdoreMe, Inc. v. Watson, 2020 WL 5769083, No. CV 19-8830 FMO (AGRx) (C.D. Cal. Jul. 14, 2020) A fundamentally commercial cause of action can be a bad tool to address even bad noncommercial behavior. AdoreMe sued Watson for trademark infringement … Continue reading

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court refuses to dismiss TM claims against NRA’s former PR agency

National Rifle Ass’n v. Ackerman McQueen, Inc., 2020 WL 5526548, No. 19-CV-2074-G (N.D. Tex. Sept. 14, 2020) The NRA sued AMc, an advertising and PR agency, for various claims arising from the parties’ now-terminated relationship and Ackerman’s statements about the … Continue reading

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sunglasses reseller liable for (c) infringement, maybe TM/false advertising/tortious interference

Maui Jim, Inc. v. SmartBuy Guru Enters., No. 1:16 CV 9788, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2020 WL 4435320 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 24, 2020) Maui Jim alleged that the defendants sold non-genuine Maui-Jim-branded sunglasses while using its copyrighted photographs to falsely advertise … Continue reading

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social media posts using models’ images could be false advertising etc.

Two cases in this burgeoning genre, with different results on conversion claims but otherwise similarly highly favorable for the plaintiffs, including on statute of limitations/single publication rulings. Moreland v. Beso Lounge & Restaurant LLC, 2020 WL 5302312, No. 19-cv-00958 (VLB) … Continue reading

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T-shirts as noncommercial speech (and an issue-spotter fact pattern)

Cornette v. Graver, 2020 WL 4059589, No. 19-cv-219 (W.D. Pa. Jul. 20, 2020) Cornette is a professional wrestling commentator and “personality” who sued defendants for infringing his trademark rights and right of publicity by selling disparaging t-shirts bearing his name … Continue reading

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IPSC Panel 15 – Trademark Law II

Trademark Fame and Corpus Linguistics, Jake Linford, FSU College of Law and Kyra Nelson, Independent Dilution protects famous marks as if they were monosemous: having same source meaning no matter what goods/services applied to. Proposal: use data about TM use … Continue reading

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using picture of competitor’s product as reverse passing off

John Bean Tech. Corp. v. B GSE Gp., LLC, 2020 WL 4698984, No. 1:17-cv-142-RJS-DAO (D. Utah Aug. 13, 2020) Plaintiff JBT “is a major player in the aviation industry for ground support equipment,” used to maintain aircraft, including preconditioned air … Continue reading

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“all IP” puts C&D recipient on notice of TM (R), and a bit on the meaning of blue check marks

Commodores Entertainment Corp. v. McClary, Nos. 19-10791, 19-12819, — Fed.Appx. —-, 2020 WL 4218236 (11th Cir. Jul. 23, 2020) As quickly summarized by the court: The prolonged dispute concerns the ownership of the mark “The Commodores,” the name of a … Continue reading

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IPSC, Trademark

IPSC – Trademark Law I Moderator: Mark McKenna  Trademark Depletion in a Global, Multilingual Economy: Evidence from the European Union (abstract) Jeanne Fromer and Barton Beebe, NYU School of Law  Notes on the EU system: runs in parallel with national … Continue reading

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The McCarthy Series: U.S.P.T.O. v. Booking.com: What the Recent SCOTUS Ruling Means for Trademark Law

My notes are messed up because I had technical difficulties! But the McCarthy Institute will apparently publish video on its YouTube channel. David Bernstein, Debevoise & Plimpton: intro to case/overview.  Hal Poret: Used a Teflon survey to educate consumers about … Continue reading

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