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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 ruled that a generic word combined with ".com” can create a federally...

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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 an extraordinarily important question that effects the lives of virtually...

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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, 1991, he was toying around with his new camcorder, a recent gift from his wife....

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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 at least that time.   Technology, for better or for worse, has changed the world...

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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 favorite LPs on vinyl.  But it's easy to pick 15 records that I can listen to at...

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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 responsible for Musical.ly. It is a social media app that allows users to create...

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IP News: Not So Patently Obvious

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, innovators have been volunteering their creativity to come up with ingenious new ways of combatting the spread of the disease. And top of the list of potential tech-based solutions is 3D printing. Long heralded as a cheaper, faster, and more accessible means of production, 3D printing offers a potential...

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A Firm Grip: Liz Austermuehle

What happens when you cross your curiosity with our openness and transparency? An insightful little interview with one of our team members, that’s what. Ok, Liz Austermuehle, let’s pretend for everyone at home that I don’t know you. This is literally, honestly the first time we’ve met. Please introduce yourself. I’m a litigator and a new member...

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On Our Radar

To quote the sociologist Raymond Williams, “culture is ordinary.” At least, it is for us (we love it!) But in extraordinary times, culture does extraordinary things. Like shifting itself online during the lockdown. While online art galleries and concerts are nothing new, the choice, scale, and quality of what’s on offer currently is. With some of...

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