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Supreme Court Lets Trademark Licensees Keep Their Rights When The Owner Goes Bankrupt

Josh Conley \ June 18, 2019

Last month the Supreme Court ruled on what the International Trademark Association (INTA) has referred to as “the most significant unresolved legal issue in trademark licensing.”  Prior to its decision, federal courts were split on what happens to the rights granted to a..

Call of Duty Publisher Battles Humvee Manufacturer Over Trademark Dispute

Josh Conley \ June 14, 2019

Back in November of 2017, AM General filed a trademark suit against video game publisher Activision Blizzard for their use of Humvees in “Call of Duty” video games.  Activision is now asking the court to throw the suit out because it is an “attack on the First Amendment.”

Grumpy Cat, Internet Sensation and Intellectual Property Visionary, Dead at 7

Josh Conley \ May 17, 2019

With the rain falling outside my office, it seems that the world has recognized the great loss everyone suffered today.  Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, has passed away. She passed away peacefully in the arms of her “mommy” as a result of complications resulting..

San Diego Padres’ Shout Out to Mothers Leads to Losing Their Twitter Username

Josh Conley \ May 15, 2019

This past weekend children across the country sent flowers, cards, and presents to the most important woman in their lives for Mother’s Day.  The San Diego Padres tried showing appreciation to mothers as well, but it almost backfired in a big way.

Amazon Program Allows Quick, Cheap Resolution to Patent Disputes

Josh Conley \ May 10, 2019

Amazon has been trying out a new program that lets patent owners take action against alleged infringers using the retail giant.  The program seeks to provide a quick, low cost, and confidential approach to address patent infringement allegations.

Cannabidiol Found Patent Eligible in First Cannabis Patent Case

Josh Conley \ May 06, 2019

It is hard not to see or hear something about CBD (cannabidiol).  I mean, did you hear that Kim Kardashian had a CBD-themed baby shower.  In case you are not in the know, CBD is a compound found in cannabis.

Horse Racing Legend Files Suit Against Amazon Days Before Kentucky Derby

Josh Conley \ May 03, 2019

The Kentucky Debry takes place this Friday and millions will be watching it.  Among those millions of viewers are countless people who have no idea what is going on and do not have anything horse racing related to talk about.  No worries, Dave Johnson has your back. Johnson..

Disney Flexes its IP Portfolio in Disney+

Josh Conley \ May 01, 2019

With Avengers Endgame raking in a record-breaking $1.2 billion its opening weekend it seems appropriate to touch on just how much of a powerhouse Disney really is.  Recently, Disney provided more information on its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, which is set to release..

Trademark Office Argues That “Scandalous” Brands Should Be Treated Differently From “Disparaging” Marks, What The …?

Josh Conley \ April 12, 2019

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the issues of “scandalous” trademarks.  Currently, certain trademarks cannot be registered because the government deems the mark to be offensive.  

New EU Copyright Directive Will Hold Sites Liable For User's Infringing Content

Josh Conley \ April 04, 2019

This past Tuesday, the European Union voted to approve new copyright legislation by a vote of 348 to 274.  The new laws allow for liability to be imposed against sites for content that their users upload that infringes upon another’s copyrights.  The legislation also will..