Intellectual Property Law

2071 ABA Journal Intellectual Property Law articles.

Generic word with ‘.com’ at end can be trademarked, SCOTUS rules
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Tuesday that a generic word with “.com” at the end is eligible for trademark protection if consumers don’t perceive it as a generic name.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge won’t block book by Trump’s niece; ex-BigLaw lawyer wants harassment lawsuit tossed

Judge tosses bid to block Mary Trump’s book

A New York judge has ruled that he doesn’t have the authority to block publication of a book by Mary Trump, the…

Former BigLaw partner agrees to suspension after insider trading conviction
A former partner at two large law firms has agreed to a three-year suspension after his conviction for insider trading.
Netflix obtains foreign trademark rights to ‘Space Force’ before US government
Netflix has secured some foreign trademark rights to the phrase “Space Force”—which is also the name of its new comedy series starring Steve Carell—ahead of the U.S. government.
Afternoon Briefs: New charges filed in George Floyd case; state chief justice decries court system bias

Officer faces increased charge in George Floyd case; others also charged

Prosecutors have added an upgraded charge against the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd by pressing…

Judge awards the zoo in Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ to Joe Exotic’s rival
A federal judge in Oklahoma awarded Monday the zoo made famous in Netflix’s Tiger King to the Big Cat Rescue Corp., founded by Joe Exotic’s rival, Carole Baskin.
Firm will focus on high-end IP and commercial litigation after departures cut revenue
Irell & Manella is changing focus after a string of departures cut gross revenue by 39% over a five-year period.
Malpractice suit against Boies Schiller alleges overly aggressive litigation tactics
A malpractice lawsuit filed against Boies Schiller Flexner alleges that the law firm gave bad advice and used overly aggressive litigation tactics that cost its former clients extra money in intellectual property litigation.
Afternoon Briefs: Sen. Ted Cruz supports salon owner released from jail; LegalMatch defeats TRO bid

Salon owner wins release after she is jailed for defying TRO

A Dallas salon owner jailed for contempt after she ignored a temporary restraining owner to close her business was…

Afternoon Briefs: Group wants bar passage standard delayed; Justice Ginsburg leaves hospital

Group asks for suspension of two-year bar passage standard for ABA-accredited law schools

Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the Society of American Law Teachers has asked to suspend an ABA accreditation…

Afternoon Briefs: Justice Thomas speaks in SCOTUS teleconference arguments; courts want rule ideas

Few glitches and 1 surprise in SCOTUS teleconference arguments

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked questions during the high court’s first teleconference arguments Monday, something he rarely does.…

Afternoon Briefs: Employer COVID-19 tests OK, EEOC says; Pitbull trademarks signature shout

EEOC: Employers can test for COVID-19 without violating ADA

Employers can require COVID-19 tests before allowing workers to enter the workplace, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The tests…

In unusual lineup, SCOTUS rules annotations in Georgia state code can’t be copyrighted
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that the annotations in Georgia’s official annotated code are not eligible for copyright protection.
Supreme Court rules willful infringement isn’t required to award profits in trademark cases
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a trademark infringement plaintiff doesn’t have to show willful infringement by the defendant to obtain an award of profits.
Federal judge trims law firm’s suit that claims a rival firm hijacked website traffic
A federal judge in Chicago has trimmed some claims from an Illinois law firm’s suit that alleges that a rival hijacked its website traffic and copied some of its website content.

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