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    Patsy’s Restaurant Wars

    by  • October 11, 2008 • trademark

    The never-ending saga of competing “Patsy’s” restaurants in New York simmers on. I count 13 decisions in the Westlaw database from at least three separate suits, plus there have been four petitions to cancel filed at the PTO. The latest decision, resolving all outstanding issues between the parties at the trial court level, starts...

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    “Museum Agrees to Ax Lizzie Borden Name”

    by  • October 8, 2008 • trademark

    Not my headline, this newspaper’s.  Defendant True Story of Lizzie Borden Gift Shop and Museum, sued over the use of “Lizzie Borden” by plaintiff Lizzie Borden Bed and Breadkfast (case previously blogged here), will change its name.  The museum can mention Lizzie Borden in a tagline and can phase out sales of promotional goods.  More news reporting here....

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    Patent Ownership and Joint Development Agreements

    by  • October 8, 2008 • patent

    It was big news when Lucent Technologies won a $1.5 billion patent infringement suit against Gateway, Dell and Microsoft.  Less memorable was when the jury award was tossed on a motion for judgment as a matter of law (Lucent Technologies Inc. v. Gateway, Inc., 509 F.Supp.2d 912 (S.D.Cal. 2007)).  Now, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the...

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    Mattel Moves for Everything

    by  • October 4, 2008 • copyright, trademark

    A little behind in my reporting on the Bratz case.  New reports are that Mattel filed a motion for a permanent injunction to enjoin MGA from making and selling Bratz dolls and from using the Bratz name and trademarks. There are a slew of motions.  First for declaratory judgment: he Court should now issue a declaratory judgment...

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    Patents in the Ether, Admission to the Rescue

    by  • October 4, 2008 • patent

    THERASENSE, INC., Plaintiff, v. BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY, Defendant.No. C 04-02123 WHAConsolidated with No. C 04-03327 WHA, No. C 04-03732 WHA,No. C 05-03117 WHAUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76716 July 14, 2008, DecidedJuly 14, 2008, Filed  OPINION ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS Abbott Laboratories filed this...

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    How to Make Money on Dow Futures

    by  • October 3, 2008 • trade secret

    Most trade secret cases, in evaluating whether there is a trade secret or not, are looking at the degree to which secrecy was maintained, or analyzing whether the particular subject matter is of a type that may be protected through trade secret. Fishkin v. Susquehanna Partners G.P. (a declaratory judgment action) is a more unusual case...

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    Positively Perfect in Every Way

    by  • September 30, 2008 • patent

    Positive Technologies whiffed the first patent infringement complaint by filing in the name of the wrong entity, Positive-California, when it should have been filed in the name of Positive-Nevada.  Positive calls a mulligan and refiles in the correct entity’s name, then the two companies merge into Positive Technologies, Inc. The standing problems aren’t over...

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    No Trademark Law at All

    by  • September 28, 2008 • trademark

    I think one of the reasons I like trademarks so much is their split personality. On one hand, they are the most ephemeral of intangible property, only a symbol representing a collective ethos. On the other hand, they can be the subject of the most ordinary transactions, buying and selling, securing a loan. A...

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    I Vote for “Belief”

    by  • September 25, 2008 • trademark

    It’s off topic, but I am from Massachusetts, it is the Red Sox, and it’s almost the playoffs.  The TTABlog reports that a mark was refused registration on the basis that, inter alia, it disparaged the Red Sox.  If disparagement must be of “persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols,” which is the...

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