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When Can a Domain Name Be a Trademark? Supreme Court Will Decide
On Friday, November 8, 2019, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States Patent and Trademark Office et al. v. Booking.com BV, to decide whether “the addition by an online business of a generic top-level domain (“.com”) to an otherwise gene...
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I, Robot: PTO Seeks Comments on Protection for AI-Created Works
Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a groundbreaking conference on the impact of artificial intelligence on the development of intellectual property. This week, the USPTO issued a follow-up notice, requesting...
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Animated IP: A Series of Answers to Your Questions from Rose City Comic Con
In this upcoming series of posts, Animated IP, team members will answer your questions from their panel at the 2019 Rose City Comic Con. This is the first post in the series. --- Question 1: I am drawing my uncle’s memoir with the goal of getting it...
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Recreational Marijuana and Marijuana-Related Products Found Not to Be in the “Zone of Expansion” of Smokers Articles, Including Vaping Devices
A New York District Court recently denied a preliminary injunction to stop use of the mark WOODSTOCK in association with cannabis and cannabis-related products, in part because cannabis and cannabis-related products were found not to be in the “zone...
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Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Game-Changing Trademark Appeals
Continuing to feed its appetite for trademark rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court has recently granted petitions for certiorari of two Second Circuit decisions implicating trademark law. The first case could change the burden of proof for recovering an i...
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Supreme Court Finds “Scandalous” Trademark Rule Unconstitutional
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Trademark Act’s section 2(a) provision precluding registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling came in the case of Iancu v. Bru...
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