• Posts Tagged ‘registration’

    The Complication of Government Forms

    by  • January 27, 2015 • trademark • 2 Comments

    When we file trademark applications electronically, there is a form declaration for the signatory. At the time Slep-Tone Entertainment filed its applications, this was the language: The undersigned, being hereby warned that willful false statements and the like so made are punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both, under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001, and...

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    STOLICHNAYA Case Still Alive, Just Barely

    by  • September 9, 2014 • trademark • 0 Comments

    Oh, Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport, without you I wouldn’t be so good at spelling “Stolichnaya.”* I’ve lost count of the opinions talking about who owns the STOLICHNAYA trademark and we’re now on the second lawsuit over it. It all stems from a disputed claim of ownership of the STOLICHNAYA mark in the United States....

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    A Short Lesson on Trademark Coexistence Agreements

    by  • August 19, 2014 • trademark • 0 Comments

    The restaurants in the Benihana chain have two different owners, divided by territory. Defendant Benihana, Inc. (“BI”) owns the BENIHANA trademark in the United States, Central America, South America, and the islands of the Caribbean, the “Territory.” Plaintiff Benihana of Tokyo, Inc. (alert! noisy autoplay link) (“BOT”) owns the rights to the BENIHANA trademark...

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    9th Circuit Agrees with Copyright Office

    by  • March 27, 2014 • copyright • 0 Comments

    There is a rash of lawsuits brought by photographic agencies against textbook publishers, claiming that the publishers underreported the number of copies of books that were published. The publishers are fighting back and there are two main grounds for attack—that the requirements for registration were not met and that the individual photographers’ assignments to...

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    Check All the Boxes

    by  • October 14, 2013 • copyright • 0 Comments

    When we last visited DeliverMed Holdings, LLC v. Schaltenbrand, plaintiff DeliverMed had lost on all claims, including on some copyright and trademark theories. DeliverMed appealed the holdings that it was not the owner of the copyright in this logo and that the copyright registration was invalid. The district court was colorful in its description...

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    Update: “What is an ‘E-Signature’?”

    by  • July 18, 2013 • copyright • 1 Comment

    I previously wrote about a case, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. v. American Home Realty Network, Inc., involving the assignment of copyrights by uploading photographs to a website. In it, the district court held that uploading a photograph was the equivalent of signing an agreement under the E-Sign Act. I was unhappy with the...

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    You Have to Own the Copyright

    by  • June 24, 2013 • copyright • 0 Comments

    Short and sweet: after seven years of litigation, partial summary judgment, and an award against the defendant for $100,000, the court vacated it all because, a year after the award, the defendant’s new lawyer noticed the plaintiff didn’t actually own the copyrights, its subsidiaries did. In light of the recently unearthed determination that Plaintiff...

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