Immoral, Scandalous and Deceptive Marks Refused TM Registration

Recent refusal of the USPTO, upheld by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board “TTAB” and affirmed by Court of Appeals Federal Circuit “CAFC”, to register a mark branding a rooster lollipop suggests that an arcane bit of trademark law still holds sway. Ms. Fox sought a two word trademark consisting of the common slang term … More Immoral, Scandalous and Deceptive Marks Refused TM Registration

Prior Art Defeats Electronic Commerce Patent Claims

An interesting Electronic Commerce “EC” patent case was recently decided by the Court of Appeals Federal Circuit “CAFC” overturning a patent infringement verdict and vacating a $2.5 M damage jury award. The Plaintiff, Soverain, bought the patents and all rights to the Transact software electronic commerce platform “Transact” in a bankruptcy sale and sought to … More Prior Art Defeats Electronic Commerce Patent Claims

Supreme Court Rules For Nike in TM Dispute

Nike, Inc. sued Already LLC, a competing shoe manufacturer for trademark infringement of its Airforce 1 shoe design and Already filed a counterclaim for cancellation of Nike’s trademark. Nike subsequently executed a covenant not to sue Already, and affiliates, for its existing shoe designs and those planned for the future based upon any “colorable imitation” … More Supreme Court Rules For Nike in TM Dispute

Connecticut Email Server Confers Personal Jurisdiction on Ex-Employee

A long-standing precedent is the right not to be compelled to personally answer a lawsuit in a foreign state jurisdiction absent some minimum contacts with the foreign state. States typically enact long-arm statutes to impose personal jurisdiction in situations such as where the defendant is involved in an auto accident or has engaged in a … More Connecticut Email Server Confers Personal Jurisdiction on Ex-Employee

Who Owns Your Social Media Account?

Yes, it has come to this. Social media account disputes. Employers, employees and independent contractors rely on these accounts to establish network connections and to promote business opportunities. Guidelines, terms and conditions at sign-up aside, the turf war pits these formerly non-competing parties at the end of employment or upon termination of their business relationship. … More Who Owns Your Social Media Account?

Color as a Trademark?

In a previous blog, Beware Using Historic Symbol as Trademark, we discussed branding considerations applied to use of well-known symbols such as the Texas Star in your logo for goods and services. As the palette of colors is limited and even subjective by nature, there is even less opportunity to claim a trademark for a … More Color as a Trademark?

Copyright Protection For Employer’s Proprietary Materials

Every day workers leave their jobs, sometimes to join competitors, oftentimes to start firms in direct competition with their former employers. In the course of doing so they are routinely tempted to save proposal documents and other firm collateral for future use. Such materials often contain information of a proprietary nature offering competitive advantages to … More Copyright Protection For Employer’s Proprietary Materials