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As a little background, on June 19, the Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated decision regarding disparaging trademarks in the Matal v. Tam case. 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3872 (U.S. June 19, 2017).  As previously discussed in this space, the case revolved around the synth...

In the realm of copyright, recorded music is especially unique. Unlike other creative works, there are two copyrights in every piece of recorded music: one is in the underlying composition and the other is in the recording of the composition itself. The former copyrigh...

On May 30, the Supreme Court issued its landmark opinion in the Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. case by holding that a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights in that item, regardless of any restrictions the pate...

Every week, a precursory glance through the USPTO’s trademark database reveals a number of new noteworthy trademarks. Last week was no exception, so we will use this space to highlight either recent filings or registrations at the USPTO.

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Unlike other forms of IP such as patents or trademarks, trade secrets have been protected solely under state laws.  As a bit of background:  A trade secret is information, including formulas, programs, methods, or processes, that is not generally known to the public an...

Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the Southern District of New York’s finding in Louis Vuitton v. My Other Bag, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 23014, 2016 WL 7436489 (2d Cir. N.Y. Dec. 22, 2016).  The case was brought by Louis Vuitton (...

On Wednesday of last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) refusal to register as disparaging the trademark THE SLANTS, claiming that the mark represents an ethnic slur under section 2(a) of the...

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