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IP Updates – Facebook/MySpace Messages, Yahoo!’s Social Media, and Google Wi-Fi

Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge Margaret...

FREE DOWNLOAD: Complaint, Facebook v. Teachbook.com, 10-03654 (ND CA Aug 18, 2010)

Facebook has become a worldwide social, cultural and political phenomenon. With fame comes imitation. Here, Defendant Teachbook.com LLC rides on the coattails of the fame and enormous goodwill of the FACEBOOK trademark. Misappropriating the distinctive BOOK portion of Facebook's trademark, Defendant...

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz: NLRB Puts Social Media Policies Under Scrutiny

While an innovative social media campaign can be a great boon to business, corporate America is becoming increasingly aware of the inherent dangers of social media as well. In particular, employees' statements about employers on personal Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts have the...

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selzt: Follow Us (to Learn About Twitter/Facebook Changes)

Facebook Last week, Facebook published a revised version of its Promotions Guidelines . The most significant change for advertisers is that, under the new guidelines, Facebook no longer requires written approval for an advertiser to administer a promotion on Facebook through its Fan Page. As defined...

The Protectability of "Book” Marks; Facebook Re-Files Trademark Complaint against Teachbook after Jurisdictional Dismissal

Last week, the District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed Facebook's trademark complaint against Teachbook. The dismissal was based on a lack of personal jurisdiction. On May 6 th , Facebook re-filed in the Northern District of Illinois. Last Week's Dismissal ...

Copyright Trappings of New Media: Megamind Infringement Complaint References Facebook, Blogs and Filmmaker's Commentary in Alleging Accessibility and Copying

Plaintiff Rogue Satellite Comics recently sued DreamWorks Animation for copyright infringement. Rogue owns the copyright to a comic character named "Kingfish" (© 1996). In its complaint, Rogue alleges that the Kingfish character was copied by DreamWorks and used for the character "Minion"...

Patents Post-Grant: Republican Presidential Candidates Accused of Patent Infringement

Romney, Gingrich and Santorum Named as Defendants in Patent Suit This past Monday, EveryMD filed suit against the Republican presidential candidates for...well..using Facebook. The suit, captioned EveryMD v. Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich (C.D.CA) explains that U.S. Patent 7,644,122...

Patents Post-Grant: Republican Candidates Fire Back at Patent Holder

Candidates Question the Good Faith Basis for Suit Back in February, I noted the "interesting" decision of plaintiff EveryMD to file suit against the Republican presidential candidates . The suit, captioned EveryMD v. Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich (C.D.CA) explains that U...

I’d Like to Start a Hunger Games “Book” Club, but I’m Afraid Facebook Might Sue Me for Trademark Infringement

Have you read the wonderful "book" The Hunger Games ? OopsI Let me start over. I shouldn't say "book" for fear of trademark infringement. Instead, let me ask: Have you read the arrangement of pages authored by Suzanne Collins, divided into parts and chapters, and featuring...

Update: Fashion Icon vs. Facebook Page vs. 40’s Icon: Burberry and Bogart in Trademark Tussle

Update: As reported by Law360 , Burberry and Bogart, LLC have resolved their dispute over Burberry's use of Humphrey Bogart's image. According to a Burberry representative, the dispute was resolved "amicably." I'm a sucker for tying things together with quotes - especially...

1998 Web Diary Patents Asserted against Facebook and AddThis

Rembrandt Social Media has sued Facebook and bookmarking service, AddThis, accusing them of infringing patents related to the early creation of a web-based personal diary page. The first patent, filed in 1998 and issued in 2002, claimed a novel technology that gave "ordinary people" ...