Trademark Law

544 ABA Journal Trademark Law articles.

Judge slams emergency motion to halt knockoff unicorn art amid coronavirus pandemic
A federal judge in Chicago had no patience for a lawyer who sought a quick hearing on his client's bid for a temporary restraining order to halt the sale of knockoff unicorn art.
Amazon’s IP Accelerator helps bring in business for large and small firms

As an Amazon Prime member, Miami-based intellectual property lawyer Michael Chesal gets groceries and other goods from the world’s largest online marketplace. And thanks to Amazon’s new IP Accelerator program, Chesal also gets clients.

Afternoon Briefs: Defense bar calls for protection in prisons from coronavirus; cheese makers protect ‘halloumi’ trademark

Nation’s criminal defense bar calls for ‘prompt implementation’ of COVID-19 plans in detention facilities

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on Wednesday called for the “prompt implementation of comprehensive,…

UpCounsel website for freelance lawyers shuts down after litigation opponent becomes ‘significant shareholder’

An online marketplace that links freelance lawyers with small businesses and other would-be clients has announced it is shutting down March 4. UpCounsel did not provide a reason for the decision in an announcement sent to users and posted on its website.

Fair game: Does the fair use doctrine apply to Andy Warhol’s pop art?
The acclaimed “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” exhibit of more than 400 of Andy Warhol’s works has been making the rounds from New York to San Francisco to Chicago. Even casual observers have a sense of Warhol’s groundbreaking pop-art style. Yet there is one surprising legal question of fair use and transformative value that begs consideration: Just what is a “Warhol”?
Getting social: Check out our 8 favorite Instagram posts from this year

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is right around the corner.

Over the last year, we’ve featured on our Instagram page all kinds of photos and videos—including design-related posts…

Lawyer who reacted to judge’s question with incredulity is ousted from 2nd Circuit courtroom
A New York lawyer was ordered to leave a federal appellate courtroom Wednesday, just days after he was in the news for losing his bid to cancel a restaurant’s registered trade dress because it was demeaning to goats.
Does adding ‘.com’ to generic name create protectable trademark? Supreme Court to decide
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether a generic word can be given trademark protection when it is part of a “.com” domain name.
Commercial landlords increasingly found liable for actions of rogue tenants who sell counterfeit goods

Counterfeits are big business, estimated at $509 billion worldwide in 2016. Increasingly since the 1990s, brands are finding a strategy in going after commercial landlords, who often have deeper pockets than the sellers.

Panama Papers law firm sues Netflix for libel over portrayal in Meryl Streep film

Updated: The hacked Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and its two name partners have sued Netflix for libel over their portrayal in the film The Laundromat.

The lawsuit claims…

Afternoon Briefs: Sentence in killing of tax lawyer; SCOTUS lawyers get 2 uninterrupted minutes

Former city council member sentenced for killing his tax attorney

An 84-year-old former city council member in Cedar Lake, Indiana, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Thursday for killing…

Lawyer sanctioned for repeated deposition objections, ‘prolonged and unnecessary argument’
A federal magistrate judge in New York has sanctioned a lawyer and his client because of the lawyer’s repeated objections during a deposition.
ABA amicus brief urges SCOTUS to rule willfulness isn’t required to award trademark profits
The ABA filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that urges the justices to rule that judges may award profits for trademark infringement without the need to show willful infringement.
‘Taco Tuesday’ too common for LeBron James to trademark, US patent office says
On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James’ attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.”
Afternoon Briefs: Judge says state violated ADA; Notorious B.I.G.’s sampling is fair use, court says

Mississippi violated ADA in its treatment of people with mental illness, judge says

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled this week that Mississippi’s failure to provide community-based mental health care…

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