• 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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    No Payments Should Have Been a Tip Off –

    by  • October 16, 2008

    A quick lesson in bringing a claim for copyright ownership – there’s a three year statute of limitations from when you knew or had reason to know about the disputed ownership, and a registration that covers your work but doesn’t name you as an author, a copyright notice not listing you, and no royalty...

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    ConsumerInfo Owns the Mark

    by  • October 15, 2008

    Consumerinfo.com, Inc. v. Money Management Intl, Inc. is a short opinion with two of the rarer trademark ownership issues – whether the registrant is the true owner of the mark, and the quantum of use necessary to establish a date of first use of a mark. Unfortunately, the decision doesn’t contribute a lot to...

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    Love Letters

    by  • October 14, 2008

    Martin Luther King’s heirs are arguing over the ownership of the love letters Dr. King wrote to his wife Coretta.  The King couple’s daughter, Bernice, is refusing to turn them over to her brother, Dexter, for use in a book to be published by Penguin Group.  Penguin has threatened to pull out of the...

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    Patsy’s Restaurant Wars

    by  • October 11, 2008

    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

    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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