Intellectual Property Law

1968 ABA Journal Intellectual Property Law articles.

Florida lawyer who uses ‘Ever Argued With a Woman?’ slogan sues law firm for alleged infringement

Bartow, Florida, lawyer Melissa Wilson uses the slogan “Ever Argued With a Woman?” and she is not afraid to argue about it.

In a federal suit filed Tuesday, Wilson…

Physician calling himself ‘the real Dr. Joshi’ sues indicted doctor with the same name

A Chicago-area pain management physician, dubbed “the real Dr. Joshi,” has filed suit against a physician with the same name who pleaded guilty in July to illegally distributing opioid medications.

ABA amicus brief urges Supreme Court to use stricter standard on copyright registration
The American Bar Association has filed an amicus brief arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court should find copyrights are established at the earliest opportunity.
9th Circuit rules that sharing IP address is insufficient for copyright infringement

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a bare internet protocol address is not enough to bring a copyright infringement claim, affirming the…

In-N-Out Burger sends pun-filled letter to beer maker to address ‘brewing’ trademark issue

In-N-Out Burger has advised the makers of In-N-Stout beer that it wants to “hop to action” to resolve a “brewing” trademark issue “in good spirits.”

In-N-Out sent its pun-filled cease-and-desist…

SpongeBob and the ‘oh, please!’ standard of trademark foolishness
The moments are rare, but they exist—moments when a plaintiff’s screams for justice are (almost) drowned out by the cries of laughter from a courthouse. Today, we bring you an interesting new case of epic proportions: the trademark dispute of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Venable’s acquisition of IP firm boosts headcount by 104 lawyers

Venable is acquiring the intellectual property firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.

The combination will add 104 Fitzpatrick lawyers to Venable, expanding its IP practice to about 175 lawyers and…

Pre-1972 recordings are governed by older copyright law even if remastered, 9th Circuit says

Copyrights of older songs cannot be extended by digital remastering, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The Hollywood Reporter and the National Law…

Suspended Prenda lawyer pleads guilty in scheme to sue porn downloaders

A former lawyer for Prenda Law has pleaded guilty in a scheme to upload pornography to file sharing websites and then threaten to sue people who downloaded the material for…

Prince’s estate files lawsuit over cybersquatting of prince.com

The estate of the late recording artist and actor Prince is suing an Englewood, New Jersey-based domain broker for cybersquatting the prince.com website.

Filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District…

Public domain advocate gets appellate win in bid to publish copyrighted standards referenced in laws

A federal appeals court on Tuesday told a federal judge to reconsider whether the fair use doctrine allows a nonprofit to post technical standards created by private industry groups that…

BigLaw firm takes on porn infringement, says Prenda Law was a different, ‘malicious’ animal

Fox Rothschild has taken on copyright infringement suits, filing 870 such suits for porn studio Strike 3 Holdings in the first six months of this year.

Strike 3 and another…

Apple and Samsung settle patent litigation case—finally
After seven years of litigation over smartphone design and utility patents, Apple and Samsung settled their Northern District of California infringement lawsuit Wednesday, the Mercury News reports.
Law firm that used job candidate’s statements in lawsuit won’t be sanctioned

A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to sanction a law firm accused of secretly recording a job interview with a former employee of a litigation opponent and then…

Lawyers for Velcro use music video to offer thanks for angry feedback on trademark plea

Those aren’t lawyers on Velcro Companies’ new music video thanking the public for its angry feedback. They are actors playing lawyers.

But…

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