The USPTO v. BOOKING.COM

The USPTO v. BOOKING.COM decision and the future of consumer perception evidence for generic marks. The Supreme Court affirmed that a generic word combined with “.com” can be a valid trademark based on consumer perception. Now what? On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court...

Google v. Oracle

Later this year, the United States Supreme Court will decide whether Google infringed on Oracle when it used Java Application Programming Interfaces (“API”) in creating its Android operating system.   In other words, the highest court in the country is about to answer...

A Word from Vivek

At some point early in the last decade, I was introduced to a plumber named George from Los Angeles.  He said he needed some help licensing a piece of film to a production team interested in using it in a documentary.  George explained that on the evening of March 3,...

On Our Radar: Xaviera Simmons

[INTERVIEWER] You obtained your BFA in 2004 from Bard College and completed the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art in 2005.  I think it's safe to say that you've been a prolific artist who has consistently been making work since...

15 Records I Love

I really enjoy listening to music on vinyl.  I don't, however, listen to just anything on a turntable.  There are certain kinds of rhythm driven music that I prefer listening to only on vinyl.  It's impossible to select my favorites.  I don't even own many of my...

TikTok vs. Copyright Law

While many businesses have experienced COVID-19 related disruptions, there is one notable exception. Around March 2020, TikTok saw an exponential growth in users after many states issued shelter in place orders. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, the Beijing based company...