Trademark. Legal news and articles for February 28 - 29, 2012

Trademark Board Just Says No to 'CrackBerry'Navajo sues Urban Outfitters over product namesNavajo alleges trademark infringement in Urban Outfitters' use of tribe's name ...Navajo Nation sues Urban Outfitters over trademarks [11 am]Claim That 'CrackBerry' Parodies BlackBerry Rejected in Trademark Opposition ...The Proview v. Apple China Trademark Dispute. Wanna Buy The Brooklyn Bridge.World Trademark Review 1000 to Be Launched in MarchThe AM Roundup: Civilian Trials, Goldman, Internet Gambling, MoreYahoo, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility: Intellectual PropertyAbrams on Apple, Proview Trademark Dispute in ChinaCCP issues notices to seven courier companiesMadonna faces legal battle over new song titleIn West Virginia, Safety Violations That Kill Miners Carry Smaller Penalties ...Public Knowledge pushes for copyright reformMadonna debuts Girl Gone Wild amid legal drama (+audio)

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Alabama: Paintings violate trademark
ESPNFebruary 2, 2012

Moore and his attorneys countered that his artwork, which includes paintings, prints and drawings on coffee mugs, is protected free speech and shouldn't be restricted by trademark law. He hasn't stopped his work, and is now working on a painting called ...more »

The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

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Trademark Board Just Says No to 'CrackBerry'
Corporate CounselFebruary 29, 2012

RIM also claimed that use of the CrackBerry marks would lead to dilution — a diminishment of the distinctive quality of RIM's marks under the Trademark Act. The four applications were published for opposition between July and November 2007.more »

Navajo sues Urban Outfitters over product names
Fox NewsFebruary 29, 2012

The lawsuit filed late Tuesday in US District Court in New Mexico alleges trademark violations and violations of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to sell arts or crafts in a way to falsely suggest they're made by American ...more »

Navajo alleges trademark infringement in Urban Outfitters' use of tribe's name ...
Washington PostFebruary 29, 2012

The lawsuit filed late Tuesday in US District Court in New Mexico alleges trademark violations and violations of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to sell arts or crafts in a way to falsely suggest they're made by American ...more »

Navajo Nation sues Urban Outfitters over trademarks [11 am]
Farmington Daily TimesFebruary 29, 2012

The suit alleges the company violated trademarks and the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act. The federal law declares it illegal to sell arts or crafts in a way to falsely suggest they were made by American Indians. The tribe has 86 trademarks on the ...more »

Claim That 'CrackBerry' Parodies BlackBerry Rejected in Trademark Opposition ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 29, 2012

Turning to Research in Motion's oppositions on the issue of dilution, the board first established that the BlackBerry mark was a famous mark protected under federal trademark dilution law. The board then applied factors for likelihood of dilution as ...more »

The Proview v. Apple China Trademark Dispute. Wanna Buy The Brooklyn Bridge.
China Law Blog (blog)February 29, 2012

“It's not really trademark law, it's about whether the trademark was legally transferred or not,” Dan Harris, a Seattle-based lawyer with Harris & Moure who handles cases on intellectual property in China, said before the hearing.more »

World Trademark Review 1000 to Be Launched in March
ag-IP-news AgencyFebruary 29, 2012

The WTR 1000 is the first definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world's leading trademark legal services providers. Through exhaustive qualitative research, this unique publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and ...more »

The AM Roundup: Civilian Trials, Goldman, Internet Gambling, More
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 29, 2012

By Joe Palazzolo Terror trials: President Barack Obama issued an order Tuesday giving civilian investigators broad power to handle the cases of US terrorism suspects despite a law passed late last year favoring military custody.more »

Yahoo, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Inc. (YHOO) asked Facebook Inc. (FB) to license technologies covered by its intellectual property and threatened to take legal action if the companies don't reach an agreement. “We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we ...more »

Abrams on Apple, Proview Trademark Dispute in China
Washington PostFebruary 29, 2012

29 (Bloomberg) -- Stan Abrams, a law professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, talks about a trademark dispute between Apple Inc. and Proview International Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based maker of computer displays.more »

CCP issues notices to seven courier companies
The News InternationalFebruary 28, 2012

These courier services used trademark of DHL for advertisement/marketing purposes. Such an act is considered to be false, misleading and is capable of harming the business interest of the DHL and amounts to be in violation of Section 10 of the ...more »

Madonna faces legal battle over new song title
3News NZFebruary 28, 2012

Francis insisted Madonna needed to negotiate an immediate licensing agreement for the use of his trademark, or face legal action, and the singer seemed to take heed by changing the name of the song to 'Girl Gone Wild'. However, the soft porn mogul is ...more »

In West Virginia, Safety Violations That Kill Miners Carry Smaller Penalties ...
ThinkProgressFebruary 28, 2012

Under West Virginia law, the maximum fine for a safety violation that results in the death of a coal miner is one-tenth of the maximum fine for violating West Virginia University's trademark: Better yet — why should someone face more serious ...more »

Public Knowledge pushes for copyright reform
ComputerworldFebruary 28, 2012

By Grant Gross IDG News Service - Digital rights group Public Knowledge has launched a campaign to reform US copyright laws and make them more friendly to the Internet, in the eyes of the group. Public Knowledge's Internet Blueprint campaign, ...more »

Madonna debuts Girl Gone Wild amid legal drama (+audio)
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

Photo / AP Taking the 's': Pop matriarch Madonna has changed the title of her new single after being threatened with legal action, it has been claimed. Adult video founder Joe Francis, who created the infamous Girls Gone Wild franchise, ...more »

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