• Posts Tagged ‘licensing’

    When is a Trademark License Not a License?

    by  • July 9, 2014 • trademark • 0 Comments

    The legal significance of a “license” to the BUTTERNUT trademark has been in dispute for ten years now. I put “license” in quotes because while the document in question is called a license, it’s not your typical trademark license. In 1996, in settlement of an antitrust suit brought by the Justice Department, defendant Interstate...

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    “Abandoned” Means It’s Not Yours Anymore

    by  • November 6, 2013 • trademark

    What a mess. Add up ugly facts and a court that bought a frivolous and completely wrong argument (made without citation – because there aren’t any) and you end up with a fiasco. Here’s to appeals. Non-party Herb Burkhalter had a yellow pages directory business he sold to co-defendants Steven M. Brandeberry and American...

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    Eighth Circuit Screws Bread Company

    by  • September 3, 2012 • trademark

    I previously reported on a bankruptcy involving the BUTTERNUT trademark for breads.  In 1996, in order to avoid antitrust concerns created by its acquisition of another bread company, Interstate Bakeries Corporation (IBC) sold assets and granted a trademark license for its BUTTERNUT and SUNBEAM marks to Lewis Brothers Bakeries (LBB). The trademark license was...

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    I Learned What “Dubitante” Means

    by  • April 21, 2012 • patent

    For purposes of patent standing, there are generally three categories of ownership described: patent owner, exclusive licensee, and non-exclusive licensee. The first has the right to sue, an exclusive licensee must join the assignee in any patent infringement suit, and the non-exclusive licensee has no standing at all. But the first category can be...

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    Treating Patents More Like Property

    by  • March 7, 2012 • patent

    The Patently-O blog has a thoughtful post on patent ownership and licensing, advocating for a stricter recording requirement: Because of an inadequate system for recordation, prospective purchasers, licensees, lenders, and even defendants in a lawsuit may have to take it on faith that the seller, licensor, borrower, or plaintiff truly owns, and has not...

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    The Yankees Still Own Their Logo

    by  • January 31, 2012 • copyright, trademark

    Last April there was an interesting complaint filed (blogged here) by a woman who claimed that her uncle, Kenneth Timur, now deceased, had designed the New York Yankees logo in 1936 but hadn’t been compensated for it. The plaintiff’s proof of authorship was the fact that her uncle, when he revised the logo in...

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    Assignment or License?

    by  • January 19, 2012 • copyright

    I last wrote about the licensing rights of a joint copyright owner as discussed in Corbello v. DeVito. The same case also had two agreements that the court needed to construe before deciding who owned what rights in the copyright. Plaintiff Corbello is the widow and heir of Rex Woodard, who wrote an authorized...

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    What Does a Patent “Cover”?

    by  • July 7, 2011 • patent

    What does “cover” mean in a patent assignment clause? Plaintiff Openwave Systems, Inc. developed software for network computing but decided to sell off the client-side part of the business, keeping the server-side.  It sold the business to Purple Labs S.A., predecessor to defendant Myriad France S.A.S.  Some patents were assigned in the transaction, but...

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    Yankees Sued Over Ownership of Logo

    by  • April 23, 2011 • copyright

    There’s an interesting, albeit quixotic, complaint against the Yankees over the ownership of its “top hat” logo: Plaintiff Tanit Buday claims that her uncle, Kenneth Timur, designed the logo for the Yankees in 1936 but was not compensated for the design.  In 1947 he modified the logo design in preparation for the 50-year anniversary...

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