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Washington Supreme Court Holds That YouTuber Is Not a Member of the “News Media”
On May 27, 2021, the Washington Supreme Court held that an individual, Brian Green, and his YouTube channel, Libertys Champion, do not meet the definition of “news media” for purposes of the state’s Public Records Act (PRA) and were therefore not ent...
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SCOTUS Issues Long-Awaited TCPA Ruling Narrowing The Definition Of An Autodialer
On April 1, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, which limited what qualifies as an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The Court unanimously h...
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Supreme Court Denies Cert in Jack Daniel’s Dog Toy Case
The United States Supreme Court has denied Jack Daniel’s distillery’s petition for a writ of certiorari from a Ninth Circuit decision holding that a dog toy seller’s use of the Jack Daniel’s trademarks and label design is expression protected by the...
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Can Patent Assignors Challenge Patent Validity? U.S. Supreme Court to Decide
On Friday, January 8, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari filed by Minerva Surgical Inc. in a dispute with Hologic Inc. The question presented by Minerva is “whether a defendant in a patent infringement action who assigned the p...
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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues New Examination Guidelines in view of Booking.com
In the recent Booking.com case (see the IP Law Trends article here discussing that case), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a trademark consisting of the combination of a generic term and a generic top-level domain, like “.com,” is not automatically g...
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Supreme Court Expands Rights to Register Domain Names as Trademarks
The United States Supreme Court issued a decision on June 30, 2020, holding that “Booking.com” can be registered as a trademark. The decision, United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al, vs. Booking.com B. V., reverses longstanding Trademark Of...
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