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|Keep a Close Eye on Your Competition|
Richard S. Dellinger, Jason S. Miller; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
May 2, 2012, previously published on May 1, 2012Do you know of a competitor trying to imitate your product? Rip-It Sporting Goods developed an in-fielder's mask for baseball and softball. The mask, which is marketed at trade shows, on the internet and nationally through distributors, was allegedly copied by competitor Champro Sports who...
|4th Circuit Upholds Convictions of Trademark Infringers for Combining Two Separate “Burberry” Marks on Bogus Luxury Goods|
John Staige Davis; Williams Mullen;
April 24, 2012, previously published on April 20, 2012Can a would-be trademark-infringer evade the trademark laws by superimposing facsimiles of two different trademarks of the same company into a single combined image, and maintaining that the combined image is legally distinguishable from the true ones? The answer, thankfully, is no.
|The National Football League Decides to "Just Do It"|
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
April 12, 2012, previously published on April 9, 2012Though the news of Nike's exclusive deal with the NFL broke some time ago, the agreement will officially go into full effect this month and the look of Monday Night Football is about to change. Replacing adidas, this will be the first time that Nike, who was a NFL supplier in the mid-nineties and...
|Louis Vuitton Achieves Genuine Victory over Flea Market's Phony Sales|
Tyler E. Baker; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 28, 2012, previously published on March 26, 2012Luxury brand titan Louis Vuitton recently achieved a significant victory over counterfeiting of its designer products. In an action brought in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Louis Vuitton sued the Eisenhauer Road Flea Market, its owner, Bruce L. Gore, and its manager,...
|Louboutin's Challenge: Can One Fashion Designer ‘Sole-Ly’ Trademark A Color For Well-Heeled Shoes?|
Vanessa A. Ignacio, Lawrence A. Weinstein; Lowenstein Sandler LLP;
March 23, 2012, previously published on March 2012The exclusive claim of a single color as a trademark is one of the more controversial areas of trademark law. The debate surrounding when it is appropriate to allow one entity exclusive rights to a single color in connection with a particular product or service is not entirely new. In 1995, the...
|ALJ Bullock Issues Public Version Of Initial Determination Finding Violation Of Section 337 In Certain Handbags And Luggage (337-TA-754)|
Alexander E. Gasser; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
March 22, 2012, previously published on March 20, 2012On March 13, 2012, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued the public version of Order No. 16 (dated March 5, 2012) in Certain Handbags, Luggage, Accessories and Packaging Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-754). In the Order, ALJ Bullock granted a motion for summary determination filed by Complainants Louis...
|IFRA Regulations Bring About a Change of Scent|
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
March 21, 2012, previously published on March 20, 2012We all remember the sweet scent of our first perfume and only need a simple whiff to propel us back to our youth. Studies show that scent memory is the longest lasting of all of our five senses, meaning you will always be able to instantly recognize the scent your grandmother wore when you were a...
|Merchants Beware: Heed This Warning Before Printing Your Next Customer Receipt|
Seth L. Laver, Thomas J. O'Grady; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
March 1, 2012, previously published on February 24, 2012In a decision impacting all merchants and retailers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that printing any portion of the expiration date of a customer’s credit or debit card on an electronically printed customer receipt constituted a violation of the Fair and...
|Fashion Designers: Legally Naked?|
Tyler E. Baker, Christine Steiner; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 14, 2012, previously published on February 10, 2012With New York's Fashion Week upon us, the time is appropriate to examine the intellectual property protections available to some of the most prominent artists in popular culture: fashion designers. No one would seriously question the great artistic talents of many designers. Their imaginative,...
|Naked Licensing: Not As Rare As One May Think|
IP Business Law Inc.;
January 31, 2012, previously published by Los Angeles Daily JournalWhen there is a license without quality control in terms and conduct, it is a naked license. The licensor can lose its trademark rights if it has granted a naked license. Naked licenses are not as rare as they seem. For example, the parties may lose sight of quality control in complex and...