Intellectual Property

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Is Old Navy Actively Pursuing Trademark Infringement? Skateboard/Snowboard Clothier Believes So
Posted on 19 Apr 2012 by Travis Burchart

Active Sports Lifestyle USA, a manufacturer of active wear for extreme athletes/riders, recently filed a trademark infringement action against Old Navy. Old Navy is accused of infringing the "Active" trademark, which includes Active's... Read More

Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent - No End to Their Trademark Battle Over the Color Red?
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 by Travis Burchart

Red M&Ms, red Crayolas red Porsches - let's hope they never end. But what about the famous red shoe battle between designers Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent? You thought there was an end to that red dispute, right? You might be... Read More

Fashion Giant American Eagle Seeks to Reign in Cab Company’s Use of Eagle Mark
Posted on 6 Feb 2013 by Travis Burchart

Under federal law , a person can't own an eagle. In fact, a person can't even own the feather from an eagle. Federal law notwithstanding, nothing prevents a person from owning the representation of an eagle, which is what American Eagle, the... Read More

Louis Vuitton and The Hangover II: A Trademark Battle between Beauty and the Beast
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Travis Burchart

How come The Hangover II can't keep its grubby mitts out of IP law. Last year, the movie did a bit of copyright battle with Mike Tyson's tattoo artist . That makes a little sense; boxing, tattoos and hangovers might fit into some sort of loose... Read More

Did Your Prom Have a Copyright Theme? Probably Not, but a Recent New York Copyright Case Has a Prom Theme
Posted on 12 Jul 2011 by Travis Burchart

In determining the copyrightability of prom dress designs, the Southern District of New York recently noted that: The exception for separable elements of useful articles has proven difficult to apply, and courts "have twisted themselves into knots... Read More