//
archives

Uncategorized

This category contains 6 posts

REDSKINS EYES SUPREME COURT TO OVERTURN TRADEMARK DISPARAGEMENT RULING

To update my earlier blog [Blog] concerning whether Section 2 (a) of the Lanham Act, 1946, which restricts federal registration of trademarks  found to be scandalous or disparaging, will withstand challenges to its constitutionality, the Redskins football team has raised the ante by its unusual petition to the Supreme Court. In the petition, the Redskins suggests … Continue reading

The IP Issues Faced by Fonts/Typefaces

Source: The IP Issues Faced by Fonts/Typefaces This is a most informative article about a subject that few focus on, yet has big ramifications.  Who really does think about the font style that they use on their website and other media?  Well as Evan makes clear, you need to!! Barbara Berschler

TRADEMARK RIGHTS GIVE WAY TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

First Amendment rights can trump trademark rights when using likeness of famous person in an expressive work provided the inclusion is relevant to the work. Continue reading

PRIVACY, CHILDREN AND MOBILE APPS

On December 10, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its “Second Kids’ App Report” about privacy protections in apps designed for children.  The FTC’s findings were not pretty.   http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/12/kidsapp.shtm   The report found that many of the apps sold and marketed to children transmitted data about phone numbers, precise location and the unique serial code … Continue reading

Apple’s Woes in China Provide Lessons for All Trademark Owners

Who would think that Apple does not own the trademark rights in “iPad”?  Few would dream of manufacturing a computer tablet and calling it an iPad.  Well, it appears that Shenzhen Proview Technology (“Proview”), a Chinese company, won a Chinese court decision that, in fact, it and not Apple owns the mark in China.  This … Continue reading

INSURANCE AND PROTECTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

              In some of my previous blogs and articles I have urged business owners with intellectual property (“IP”) rights to take precautions to avoid being engulfed in costly infringement disputes.  The first line of defense to such threats is to use best practices with the handling of your IP, i.e., to know its provenance.  However, … Continue reading