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Archive for the 'trademark' Category

American Needle is out

Monday, May 24th, 2010

American Needle v. NFL is out ….

Sotomayor, Al Franken, the First Amendment, and information law

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Some interesting commentary on Sotomayor and the First Amendment from Paul Levinson: * http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/search/label/Sonia%20Sotomayor * http://paullev.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=497539 * http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/search/label/Sonia%20Sotomayor I haven’t had time yet to dig into Sotomayor on intellectual property, telecomm, and other information law issues, but this is discouraging. Franken of course I have hopes for: After Fox News sued him for trademark infringement […]

i heart new york

Monday, May 12th, 2008

New York’s state tourism board is seeking to reclaim their “I heart NY” slogan. (link from michele) According to the article, the slogan was developed for them pro bono by graphic designer Milton Glaser in the early 1970s. It was used prolifically as a mark; then they let their registration lapse and stopped policing it; […]

the unimaginative world of whorecraft(TM)

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

A few days ago, the Village Voice wrote an article about a series of World of Warcraft-inspired porn; their article was duly picked up by BoingBoing. Strangely, BoingBoing missed the IP angle — that “Whorelore”‘s original name was “Whorecraft” but they ran into an “IP” issue, presumably trademark. You can still see “Whorecraft” on some […]

agh – LA Times on “piracy”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

This LA Times article reports on consumer attitudes in LA about “piracy” of goods. Of course, the author (Richard Verrier) seems mortally confused about the differences between trademark and copyright. Although previous studies have documented piracy’s toll on the Los Angeles economy, the U.S. Chamber report is the first to focus on the attitudes and […]

Johnson & Johnson sues the Red Cross

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

give it up already. we all know that the red cross means the Red Cross. It’ll be interesting to see a major company actually litigate such a completely jury-unfriendly case. It will also be interesting to see if how licenses for intellectual “property” survive when the property — in this case, consumer identification of a […]

McDonald’s “coke spoon” C&D

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

One might think it would sometimes be in the best interests of a corporation to take the high road, but McDonald’s has chosen to go for the glory. McD’s slapped a cease and desist letter on an art gallery selling “Cokespoon #2″ — a gold-plated versions of a 1980s vintage McD’s coffee stirrer that was […]

Nintendo Threatens Cancer Researchers

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

aka “Pokémon Producers Pissed” Pier Paolo Pandolfi of Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has apparently received a trademark cease & desist from the Pokémon company (Nintendo) after cancer-related research on the Pokemon gene — which Pandolfi’s lab named four years ago, in 2001 — received headlines like “Pokemon Causes Cancer”. Sloan-Kettering has knuckled under, now calling the […]

check out the Starbucks Delocator

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

support your local coffeeshops with the starbucks delocator. [citing trail from wendy seltzer legal tags to Boing Boing to stay free!] and hey — a word to the San Francisco Art Institute: using a trademark to describe, criticize, or compare to the referenced entity is trademark fair use. look it up.

Governator vs. Bobble-Head

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

The governator has gone ahead & filed the suit against Ohio Discount Merchandise for making bobble-head dolls, claiming his right of publicity was violated. See the NYT article.


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