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|Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Legislation to Create Sports Development Program|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 20, 2014Orlando, Fla. - Today, June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he has signed House Bill 7095, which creates the Sports Development Program, establishing a process for distributing state tax revenue for the construction or improvement of professional sports franchise facilities
|U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Orders Cancellation of "REDSKINS" Trademark Registrations|
Andrew Baum, Katherine P. Califa, Jeanne M. Gills, Norman J. Rich; Foley & Lardner LLP;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014On June 18, 2014, a divided panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) ordered cancellation of six of the Washington Redskins’ trademark registrations holding that “Redskins” was a disparaging term when those registrations...
|US PTO Orders Cancellation of “Redskins” Trademark Registrations|
Gary D. Krugman; Sughrue Mion, PLLC;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014On June 18, 2014, The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Administrative Court of the US PTO for trademark cases, granted a petition to cancel six trademark registrations which consist of, in whole or in part, the term REDSKINS for professional football related services. The petition was brought...
|Redskins Trademarks Cancelled in Landmark Disparagement Case|
Melody B. Lynch; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014Today after a ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the marks were disparaging to Native Americans, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) canceled six trademark registrations associated with the National Football League’s Washington Redskins. Each of the affected...
|The Washington Redskins Lose Again, and Not on the Field|
Joel Ross Feldman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014Since 1992 - the year quarterback Robert Griffin III turned two - the Washington Redskins football team has been litigating its right to own service mark registrations for the Washington Redskins team name. Today, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), an independent administrative tribunal...
|California Appellate Court Holds That General Ideas Are Protectable Trade Secrets|
Jonathan A. Loeb, Christopher A. Raftery; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
June 4, 2014, previously published on May 22, 2014A recent California Court of Appeal decision broadly interprets trade secret protections to encompass general concepts and ideas. In Altavion, Inc. v. Konica Minolta Systems Laboratory Inc., Case Nos. A134343, A135831, 2014 WL 1846104 (Cal. Ct. App. May 8, 2014) (“Altavion”), the Court...
|Obama Tackles Concussions in Sports|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 2, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014This week, President Obama convened a group of medical experts, top sports officials, parents, and young athletes at the White House for the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit - the first event of its kind. He used the event to emphasize the importance of sports for young people as well...
|Fourth Circuit Offers Detailed Guidance on Use of Experts to Establish Copyright Damages on Summary Judgment for GT Client Floyd Mayweather, Jr.|
Bethany Rabe, Mark G. Tratos; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
May 27, 2014, previously published on May 13, 2014On September 26, 2013, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the decision of a federal district court in the District of South Carolina granting summary judgment to the defendants in a copyright case. In the 68-page opinion, the Fourth Circuit took special care to lay...
|The FTC Continues Its Focus on the Mobile Arena|
Gregory P. Barbee; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
May 23, 2014, previously published on May 13, 2014The Federal Trade Commission has recently focused its consumer protection efforts on the mobile arena, and particularly video game companies operating in that arena.
|Legal Update re Pokerstars 'Zoom Poker' 573 Application|
Dentons Canada LLP;
May 22, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014In a surprising turn of events, after multiple decisive rejections, Pokerstars' "Zoom Poker" patent application (11/316,573, published as US 2007/0155460A1) has been allowed as amended by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"). A patent entitled "Computer...