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Fortress Backs Off Its Covid-19 Patent Suit

John Gilberston \ April 08, 2020

Stung by its involvement in what has been referred to as the “Lollapalooza of patent trolling,” Fortress Investment Group, LLC has announced it is offering royalty-free licenses for its patents involved in COVID-19 diagnostics research.  

North Carolina gets its Revenge

John Gilberston \ March 31, 2020

It’s official: states cannot be held liable for copyright infringement, as long as they don’t abuse the privilege. 

Judge Tells TM Litigants to "Knock It Off"

John Gilberston \ March 27, 2020

A five-year trademark dispute hit a brick wall last week, when a federal judge in New Jersey ordered two trademark litigants to just settle the thing already.  

Israel Infringes Drug Patents To Fight Covid-19

John Gilberston \ March 25, 2020

Facing a drug shortage against the novel coronavirus, Israel has begun importing generic drugs that infringe on the branded drug Kaletra, an antiviral therapy developed to treat HIV.  

Crackpots Apply for Coronavirus Trademarks

John Gilberston \ March 23, 2020

“Covfefe.”  “Philly Special.”  “Boston Strong.” “Covid Kids?”  

Letter To Our Clients RE: Coronavirus

Josh Conley \ March 17, 2020

The coronavirus is having an impact all over the world.  In order to ensure the safest conditions for our clients and our team, we have made the decision to suspend operation of our downtown Des Moines office for the time being.  

Trademark Office Clarifies U.S. Attorney Requirement

Josh Conley \ March 03, 2020

Last month the U.S. Trademark Office removed any ambiguity that may have existed with its new rule that requires foreign entities to use U.S. attorneys when working with the Trademark Office.  

Not a Good year for the Goodyear pimps

John Gilberston \ January 10, 2020

In what will surely go down as a sad day in punk rock history, the Goodyear Pimps have finally lost a nearly 20-year trademark battle with Man.  They are now, officially, just the Pimps.

7-Eleven Invokes The Simpsons in Trademark Suit

John Gilberston \ January 09, 2020

7-Eleven has filed suit against Quick E Mart, a mom-and-pop convenience shop in Oregon, alleging it is deliberately using a logo and signage designed to trade on the goodwill of the ubiquitous convenience store chain. 

Miley Cyrus Avoids The Wrecking Ball

John Gilberston \ January 07, 2020

In an unexpected development, Jamaican reggae artist Flourgon has dropped his copyright infringement suit against Miley Cyrus, in which he had claimed she ripped off his lyrics in her 2013 hit “We Can’t Stop,” which prominently featured the phrase “We run things, things don’t..