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Geekview IP Week in Review

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Comcast missed the goal when the Court declined to restrain DirecTV Soon on Sunday, they’ll all be watching football.  For now though the game is being played out in federal court.  As I wrote about in last week’s Geekview, Comcast recently filed a false advertising lawsuit against DirecTV.  The federal lawsuit alleges that DirecTV’s “No Extra Charge NFL Sunday Ticket”…

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Blinking Irony — Blink 182 takes opposing stances on IP infringements

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  Apparently, even though rock band blink-182 is cool with its fans sharing its music in homemade music videos posted to YouTube, it is NOT OK with its fans selling infringing (aka counterfeit) merchandise.  Surprised?  I’m not. In last week’s Geekview (weekly IP review), I briefly mentioned blink-182’s new video, Up All Night.  The video is a montage of blink-182…

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OPhishal Inphringements?

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I never saw the Grateful Dead perform live, but I’ve spent plenty of time on Shakedown Street at Phish shows and festivals like Bonnaroo.  In fact, I just returned from a mini staycation on South Shore, where Phish performed a sold-out two night run before a crowd of 8,500 fans, affectionately known as Phish heads.  As a music-loving trademark attorney…

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$2.4 Million in Trade Dress Damages, D’oh!

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  BrandFX (BFX) issued a press release on August 5, 2011 announcing that it just received a $2,400,000.00 check from its competitor, Astoria Industries of Iowa, Inc. (Astoria) Asset purchase?  Licensing fees?  Debt repayment?  Nope, nope and nope. That check was for a damages and attorneys’ fees award for trade dress infringement and false advertising under the Lanham Act, as…

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Geekview IP Week in Review

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Wouldn’t you sue if your late husband was the one who put Flint, Michigan on the map (of rap that is)?   I began the first week in August with my new favorite rag, HipHopDX, which published an article on Monday about late rapper MC Breed‘s wife’s recent copyright infringement suit against fellow Flint, Michigan hip hop artist Jon Connor. …

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Shagbook Attempts to Rattle Facebook

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  Earlier this week I got a nice note asking me if I was interested in learning more about the breaking story of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Opposition filed against SNRG Ventures d/b/a Shagbook by Facebook.  Who wouldn’t be?  Any discussion of the similarities between social networking and on-line “adult dating” is bound to have drama, so…

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Children’s Coldcalm Class Action Continues

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Last week the US District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings, allowing a false advertising, unfair competition, and fraud class action law suit to proceed against homeopathic company Boiron for its Children’s Coldcalm product. Coldcalm is a homeopathic medicine. Children’s Coldcalm (CCCalm) is the version of the product that’s targeted towards…

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Geekview July 2011 IP Recap

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Interesting IP issues are so common, that I’ve decided to start providing installments of Geekview — a (usually weekly) review of the wonderfully wacky world of IP.  Since I was a big time blogging slacker this month, we’ll start with a look back at the entire month of July, 2011. Let’s begin by taking a moment to feel grateful to…

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