• Bad News Two Days In a Row

    by  • October 30, 2008

    Adding insult to injury after yesterday’s post, in which the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision that Oren Tavory wasn’t a co-owner of the NTP patents, in a separate decision the Federal Circuit affirmed that he also owed NTP the attorneys’ fees it incurred defending against his copyright suit. Mr....

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    Invention and Assignment of Patents

    by  • October 28, 2008

    A couple of ownership cases of interest. First, Oren Tavory failed in his effort to join in the NTP jackpot also known as the RIM settlement – he’s not a co-inventor because he didn’t have evidence that his contribution to the invention was more than simply the exercise of ordinary skill in the art....

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    Trade Dress and Copyright

    by  • October 27, 2008

    This is the final post in the series on Tacori Enterprises v. Rego Manufacturing. As well as claiming copyright in the ring design, Tacori also claimed that the ring design was Tacori’s protected trade dress and sued for trademark infringement. Tacori has filed a trademark application for registration of the trade dress in the...

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    Mongols Trademark Seizure

    by  • October 26, 2008

    There have been a lot of posts about the government’s seizure of the MONGOLS trademark, used by a biker gang. You can find blogging about it here, here and here, and commentary here and here on what it means under trademark law principles. Ryan Giles at the Law Vegas Trademark Attorney had the comment...

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    Cherry and Jerry Garcia

    by  • October 26, 2008

    Awhile back I did a survey on ice cream flavors.  One of the flavors in the survey was Cherry Garcia, a Ben & Jerry’s flavor.  According to the PTO records, the trademark was originally registered by Ben & Jerry’s but was later assigned to Jerry Garcia’s estate in 1997. The Grateful Dead’s attorney passed away recently and...

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    Originality in Copyright

    by  • October 24, 2008

    I blogged here about the defendant’s attack on the validity of an assignment and registration in Tacori Enterprises v. Rego Manufacturing. As a refresher, there were two parties that participated in the design of a ring, Haig Tacorian, acting as the President of Tacori Enterprises, and Garo Karounian, a designer for his sole proprietorship...

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    Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

    by  • October 21, 2008

    Tacori Enterprises v. Rego Manufacturing is such a meaty case that I’ll do separate posts on the various trademark and copyright issues in the case. This post is a lesson on how not to assign ownership of a copyright and register it – the plaintiff spent tens of thousands of dollars defending attacks on...

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    Political Signs

    by  • October 18, 2008

    When was the last time that a political campaign had a logo that was famous enough no name was necessary? And have some fun at the same time? © 2008 Pamela Chestek

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