Winston & Strawn Expands London Office IP Practice With Richard Price, Gareth Morgan

LONDON - Winston & Strawn LLP has announced that it has significantly expanded its intellectual property, and in particular its patent and trademark litigation capabilities globally, as well as in Europe, with the addition of Richard Price and Gareth Morgan, who have joined the London office as partners...

Attack Of The 300-Foot Tower: University of Texas Files Trademark Suit To Protect Campus Landmark

Many universities can boast of a famous landmark -- Notre Dame has the Grotto, Duke has its University Chapel, UC San Diego has the Geisel Library, the University of Wisconsin has the Red Gym. Of the more famous, the University of Texas has the UT Tower, a 307-foot clock tower with an observation deck...

Lawsuit Filed Against Distributor Of Video Of Elvis Presley TV Special - FREE DOWNLOAD, Complaint

Some brands you just don't copy - not ever. Elvis Presley "the Brand" is one of those. Ubiquitous, well-known, and very valuable, the unlicensed copying of Elvis is like robbing Fort Knox - it's very bold. Recently, Elvis Presley Enterprises filed a copyright/trademark action...

New Jersey Hot Dog Mecca Sues Deli Over Name

CLIFTON, N.J. - (AP) One of New Jersey's hot dog institutions isn't sparing the sauerkraut when it comes to a competitor five miles away. Rutt's Hut in Clifton has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owners of Mutt's Hut. Rutt's, which is known for "ripper dogs"...

Charlie Sheen, Tigers Blood And Trademark Infringement

According to Gawker.com , Charlie Sheen is attempting to copyright his various catchphrases, including the phrase "Tiger Blood." However, Sheen's a little late to the game as evidenced by a recent filing from Zing Brothers, LLC, owner of the mark "TIGERS BLOOD," which is used...

Lacoste Granted Limited Discovery In Lawsuit Over Sales In 'Big Box' Stores

Lacoste Alligator, S.A., which sells tennis shirts and other apparel with the distinctive green crocodile logo in high-end stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, will get a chance to find out, through discovery in a lawsuit, which of its distributors (if any) have been selling its products to Costco...

Charlie Sheen May Have Missed his Chance to Own "Tiger Blood"

As Charlie Sheen travels the country with his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour, he may have plans for some legal action, but not as a defendant. Gawker.com reports that Sheen will try to trademark 22 of his famous phrases, including: Tiger Blood Rock Star From Mars I'm Not Bi...

Greenberg & Lieberman LLC Announces Philip Corwin Joining As Of Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The law firm of Greenberg & Lieberman LLC (GL) has announced that Philip S. Corwin, founding principal of Virtualaw LLC , has joined the firm in an of counsel capacity. G&L Member Stevan Lieberman stated, "We are delighted that Phil has chosen to forge a relationship...

Yves Saint-Laurent Sued For Trademark Infringement Of Distinctive Red Soles

A new line of women's footwear now being sold by Yves Saint-Laurent has high-end French shoe designer Christian Louboutin seeing red. Louboutin's companies, asserting that a new line of red Yves Saint-Laurent shoes violates their U.S. trademark , recently filed a trademark infringement suit in...

Miami Heat's Bosh Sues Ex-Girlfriend Over Reality Show

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Miami Heat star Chris Bosh is suing the mother of his child for appearing on a reality TV show called "Basketball Wives," which he said intrudes on his private life. Bosh claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court that Allison Mathis and Shed Media are...

Winston & Strawn Expands IP Litigation Practice By Adding David Enzminger To Los Angeles Office

LOS ANGELES - Winston & Strawn LLP has announced that David Enzminger joined its intellectual property litigation practice in Los Angeles as a partner. Enzminger brings more than 20 years of experience in IP and technology litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent, trade secret, trademark...

Ninth Circuit Provides Important Guidance for Analyzing Internet Keyword Trademark Infringement

By Jeffrey A. Simmons ( jsimmons@foley.com ) In March 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an important decision addressing the circumstances in which the use of keywords for Internet searches can constitute trademark infringement. The court's opinion in Network Automation...

ICANN Makes Hundreds of New gTLDs Available as of 2012

By AMY G. MARINO & ROBERT C. VAN ARNAM ICANN OPENS UP HUNDREDS OF INTERNET DOMAIN NAME ENDINGS WHICH WILL GREATLY EXPAND WEBSITE POSSIBILITIES FOR BOTH BRAND OWNERS AND POTENTIAL INFRINGERS. The Board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just approved a plan to significantly...

Pharmaceutical Litigation Partner James Stronski Joins Crowell & Moring

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crowell & Moring LLP has announced the addition of partner James K. Stronski to the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Based in the New York office, Stronski is an intellectual property litigator with extensive experience handling cases involving the so-called "Hatch...

Protect Your Trademark from .xxx

Trademark owners must act to avoid adult brands creating .xxx domains and can take advantage of the sunrise phase from September 7 through October 28, 2011. I welcome you to read the Gardere Intellectual Property Alert entitled " Prevent the XXX Industry from Using Your Trademark "...

Descriptive Trademarks Can Be Difficult to Enforce, Discovers Timelines, Inc.

Timelines, Inc., a small Chicago-based Internet company, has lost the first round of its legal efforts to obtain a court finding that Facebook infringed on its "Timelines" trademark when it announced its much-ballyhooed new feature, " Timeline ." On Sept. 22, 2011, Facebook...

4th Circuit Finds Possible Trademark Infringement In Google's AdWords Program

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 9 found sufficient evidence to create an issue of fact as to whether Google Inc. had committed direct infringement by allowing the use of third-party trademarks by participants in its AdWords program, reversing in part...

Eric E. Bensen on the Seventh Circuit's Holding that a Nondebtor Trademark Licensee can Retain its License After Rejection of the License Agreement in Bankruptcy

Sunbeam Products Inc. v. Chicago American Mfg. ("Sunbeam") upends a long-held, although occasionally challenged, understanding that unlike other nondebtor intellectual property licensees, which receive express safeguards against termination of their licenses in bankruptcy under 35 U.S.C. §...

Troutman Sanders: Court Awards Attorneys' Fees for Willful Trademark Infringement

By Dabney Carr After a bench trial, Judge Gibney of the Eastern District of Virginia found in favor of Lorillard Tobacco on its claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution and awarded attorneys' fees to Lorillard based on an exceptional case finding under 15 U.S...

Controversy Requirement Debated Before Supreme Court In Trademark Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals properly found standing lacking in a trademark infringement case by virtue of a covenant not to sue, an attorney for Nike Inc. told the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 7 ( Already LLC d/b/a YUMS v. Nike Inc. , No. 11-982, U.S. Sup.)....

Supreme Court Affirms: Trademark Case Mooted By Covenant Not To Sue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals properly rejected trademark counterclaims levied against Nike Inc. where a covenant not to sue entered into by the counterclaimant extinguished any justiciable controversy between the two, the U.S. Supreme Court held Jan. 9 (...

Who Owns #Hashtags?

Proliferation of social media continues to stretch the boundaries of the law and its definitions. It prompts us to apply the proven legal concepts to new technological and social phenomena with no clear and well-defined answers. A good example is a question of whether Twitter hashtags are anybody's...

It's a Bird, It's a Plane: Superman Claims Victory in the Federal Court of Australia

by Melinda Upton and Danielle Selig On 22 May 2013, Justice Bennett refused an application in the Federal Court of Australia, by Cheqout Pty Ltd (Cheqout), to register the trade mark 'superman workout'. Adopting the test relied upon by Justice Dodds-Streeton in Fry Consulting v Sports...

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In Dispute Over Lanham Act Standing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The question of which analytic framework applies when assessing prudential standing in Lanham Act false advertising cases will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted certiorari June 3 in a longstanding dispute over toner cartridges ( Lexmark International...

California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement

The California Supreme Court has issued its decision in the closely watched case of Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc. , S207172. I reported on the Court of Appeals decision last year on this blog in the post "California Supreme Court to Decide Scope of Implied Disparagement;...