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Guess Again

In the midst of New York Fashion Week, Judge Shira Sheindlein delivered a stylish valentine to the fashion law community in the case of Gucci v. Guess?, Inc. , 2012 US.Dist.LEXIS 18497 (February 14, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], in which Gucci has asserted trademark...

Private Equity in Blue: Hoeksema v. Asprey International Ltd. and Rigas.

On March 13, Vernon Bruce Hoeksema ("Hoeksema") commenced an action in the Southern District of New York (12 CIV 1841) against Asprey International Ltd. ('Asprey")and John P. Rigas ("Rigas") asserting claims of breach of contract, common law fraud, fraud in the inducement...

Can Content Owners Pin Infringement on Pinterest?

"Pinterest is a $7.7 Billion Company." (quoted from Debra Borchardt, "Pinterest Is a $7.7 Billion Company," Forbes , April 16, 2012, accessed April 17, 2012, http://onforb.es/IQd1UO ). Thus spake Forbes , based on Pinterest's large and growing usage numbers . Forbes went...

Parody Paradox

On May 14, in a non-precedential opinion , the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") in the matter of PRL U.S.A. Holdings, Inc. v. Thread Pit, Inc . cancelled Thread Pit's registration of the mark: Thread Pit's mark for "t-shirts and collared polo shirts" was...

Parody Paradox

On May 14, in a non-precedential opinion , the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") in the matter of PRL U.S.A. Holdings, Inc. v. Thread Pit, Inc . cancelled Thread Pit's registration of the mark: Thread Pit's mark for "t-shirts and collared polo shirts" was...