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Copyright Infringement

Graffiti Artists’ Copyright Infringement Case to Move Forward

Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli will be heading to court after a federal judge overruled its motion to dismiss a copyright infringement case against it earlier this month. (Read the full memorandum here) The clothing and accessories company was sued by three graffiti artists for alleged copyright infringement, unfair competition, and false designation of origin […]

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Grooveshark Falls to Record Label Giants in Copyright Infringement Case

Grooveshark became yet another file sharing website to face defeat against the recording industry for copyright infringement. It came shortly after Sirius XM Radio, Inc. lost to a 1960s band for its infringement of its music. (Read the full opinion here) Grooveshark (the court referred to by its parent company, Escape Media Group) is an online […]

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Pizzeria Makes its Case for Trademarking Food

A federal court in Texas ruled that flavors of a pizza chain’s food and its plating techniques lacked trademark and trade dress protection. The pizza chain, New York Pizzeria, Inc. (NYPI) alleged that Ryandir Syal, a restaurateur, along with other defendants, obtained NYPI’s trade secrets and additional information through a series of other illegal acts. […]

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Movin’ On Up: PODS Beats U-Haul in Trademark Infringement Case              

What began as a trademark infringement case, developed into a battle of possible “genericide” when two popular moving and storage companies went head-to-head in federal court. Back in 2012, PODS sued U-Haul for trademark infringement for its use of “pods” under both state and federal laws. U-Haul countered that it was not infringement, because pods has become a generic term and has lost its distinctiveness in the market.

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Warner Brothers Keeps a “Clean Slate” in Trademark Infringement Case

In a case stemming from the 2012 box office hit, The Dark Knight Rises, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit granted Warner Brothers’ motion to dismiss allegations of trademark infringement made against it for a fictional software program appearing in its film. (Read the decision here) Fortres Grand Corporation owns and sells Clean […]

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Never a Dull Moment in the Business of IP – Summer Roundup and Look Ahead

With Labor Day quickly approaching, and Back-to-Work and Back-to-School mentality haunting many of our minds, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s transpired in the IP world so far this year. From the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) revoking the Redskins’ registered trademark, to Aereo taking a hit in the U.S. Supreme Court […]

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Aereo’s Copyright Loss Leaves Much in the Clouds

The Supreme Court recently held that Aereo, Inc., infringed on copyrights belonging to cable broadcasters, producers, distributors, and marketers with its online cable streaming service. See opinion here. As part of its service, Aereo provides each subscriber with their own antenna, which captures cable broadcasted airwaves. The system works similarly to a DVR, allowing a […]

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When is it Ok to Use Another’s Artwork?

Today we take a look at the case of Seltzer v. Green Day and examine the circumstances under which one may use the creative works of another person.  The major issue in the case was fair use of copyrighted material.  The topic ties in nicely with last week’s post, which dealt with Fair Use in the trademark […]

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