• Posts Tagged ‘assignment’

    The Things You Don’t Think Of

    by  • February 18, 2019 • trademark • 0 Comments

    We have a story of three firearm and ammunition companies. The parties in the case are DoubleTap Defense, LLC (DTD), a company that had an application to register the trademark DOUBLETAP for pistols, and Hornady Manufacturing Co., owner of several TAP-formative registrations for ammunition. The third company, not a party, is Double Tap Ammunition...

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    A Service Mark Is Not Always a Trademark

    by  • December 26, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns the site on which the World Trade Center in New York sits. The original two towers complex was completed in 1973 and included the “Top of the World” observation deck and gift shops, which were operated under a lease with the Port Authority. As...

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    Are These Registrations Valid? The Answer

    by  • December 19, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    In my last post I posed questions about the validity of two registrations. If you guessed that both registrations were valid, you were right. The first application was filed and assigned at a time when the entity had been administratively dissolved. DC Bocce claimed that the non-profit still had the capacity to sue and...

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    Are These Registrations Valid? A Quiz

    by  • December 17, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    Non-profit DC Bocce League was incorporated in DC in 2004. Its status was revoked in 2007 but it continued to operate through 2010. It filed its formal articles of dissolution on November 4, 2010. The respondent, owner of the challenged registrations, is Major League Bocce, LLC d/b/a DC Bocce League. It is a Delaware...

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    The Agreement At Work

    by  • October 23, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    I have a crush on the trademark assignment agreement of the Tavern on the Green mark. It’s a tour de force of drafting. In a nutshell, for decades the City of New York leased the premises for the famous Tavern on the Green to a restauranteur. In 2009 the restauranteur lost its lease, but...

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    Just “Slip It In Nebulously”

    by  • June 25, 2018 • domain name • 0 Comments

    When you see “slip it in” in an email about contract negotiations, it’s a good bet it’s not going to go well for the person trying to “slip it in.” Especially when their goal is to do it “nebulously.” The transaction was, to the defendant Mitel Networks, a vanilla domain name sale. However, the...

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    Were the Patent Rights Assigned?

    by  • May 4, 2018 • patent • 2 Comments

    Defendant J2 Cloud Services (JFAX) hired plaintiff Greg James to write some software. Unbeknownst to James, JFAX filed a patent on the software. Many years later, James sued JFAX for correction of inventorship. JFAX argued that James didn’t have standing for correction of inventorship because he had assigned his patent rights to JFAX. The...

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    Mutual Defensive Collateral Estoppel Too

    by  • March 21, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    I have written once before about the disputing members of the band RATT. I’ll remind you again about who they are, mostly because this video makes me smile every time I watch it: WBS, Inc. claims to be the successor-in-interest to the trademark RATT, by assignment from the predecessor partnership that consisted of the...

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    The Second Circuit on Assigning the Right to Sue

    by  • February 19, 2018 • copyright • 1 Comment

    I’ve written in the past (recursive link) about the phenomenon of copyright infringement lawsuits brought by photographers or their agents against textbook publishers. The textbook publishers allegedly exceed the license they had for the use of stock photos, either by exceeding the number of print copies authorized or using the works outside of the...

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