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Geekview IP Week(ish) in Review

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TV One claims BET and MTV stole the essence of the Essence. TV one recently sued BET and MTV for stealing its show.  Literally!  According to TV One, first BET and then MTV illegally broadcast video footage from the 2010 Essence Music Festival (EMF) in violation of TV One’s exclusive rights to do so.  And all I can think about…

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National Grange and Brooklyn Grange Get Grungy over TM Dispute

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National Grange is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1867 to advocate for rural America and agriculture.  While the full name of the organization is the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, its marketing materials commonly refer to it as the Grange.  Even though it’s a “fraternal organization of ‘Patrons of Husbandry,’” which might sound just…

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Domain Name Switch Costs More Than Banks Bargained For

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Back when the internet was still the Wild West, prospectors raced to register domain names comprised of third parties’ brands for the purpose of selling the domain name registration to the brand owner at a premium.  Congress and ICANN acted to remedy this through the Anti-Cybersquatting Piracy Act (ACPA) and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) respectively.  Somehow, some…

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CA AG Gets Aggro Over False Claims of Bottle Biodegradability

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The good folks at the Huffington Post last week reported that California Attorney General (AG), Kamala Harris, filed a lawsuit on October 26, 2011 against ENSO Plastics, Balance Water and Aquamantra for making the alleged greenwashing claims that their bottles are “100 percent biodegradable and recyclable.  “Such claims violate California law, specifically California AB 1972, which prohibits the sale of…

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Geekview IP Week in Review

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Pets sue for (fur) false advertising. Do people have an advantage over pets in litigation?  Pamela Carthen hopes to find out, having recently filed a class action lawsuit alleging false advertising against Bayer Healthcare and Merial.  The complaint alleges that Harley Bear — the Plaintiff’s chocolate lab — became flea infested and neither the Advantage or Frontline products rid poor…

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Geekview IP week in Review — WTF Edition

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I always suspected engaging in S&M might expose the participants to litigation. The accomplished photographer, artist and director, David LaChapelle, sued performing artist Rihanna for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition and unjust enrichment back in February, 2011, alleging that her S&M video violated his intellectual property (IP) rights.  Rihanna filed a Motion to dismiss, which the court ordered granted…

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Imported, Indeed. Made in USA Foundation Confronts Automotive False Advertising

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Yesterday, The Made in the USA Foundation (Foundation) filed two petitions with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  The petitions requested that the FTC issue complaints, one against Chrysler (here) and the other against Ford (here), both for falsely advertising that certain automobiles they manufacture are made in the U.S. when they in fact are not. According to its website: [framed_box]…

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Geekview IP Week in Review

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Traverse City Shorts traverses Traverse City Film Festival.   Though its name is longer, the shorts festival features films that are shorter than feature films (films that are 40 minutes or longer).  Yup.  According to the complaint, Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) is a non-profit that has conducted a well-known film festival in — you guessed it — Traverse City,…

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