Rule 68 & Copyright Law

Please join us Monday, April 15, 2024 at noon where we will discuss Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 (Rule 68) and the "open question" of whether post-offer attorney’s fees are part of the recoverable "costs" for a defendant, in particular, in copyright cases. I think defendants should be able to use the Rule 68 [...]

Taylor Swift’s masters controversy and the Copyright Law behind it

Please join us on Monday, November 13, 2023 at Noon, where we will discuss the issue of master ownership and the legal copyright conflicts between record labels and artists.  Taylor Swift may be the first to make this copyright issue truly public, leaving fans wondering who really owns Swift's music and why.  She says she [...]

Bad Spaniels Leashed by Supreme Court and a Totally Bananas Copyright Case

  On Monday, July 10, Chris Kopitzke will lead the discussion about a Supreme Court trademark decision concerning a doggie chew toy, along with a copyright case in the Southern District of Florida about dueling artworks featuring bananas and duct tape. In Jack Daniel’s Properties v. VIP Products, No. 22-148 (S. Ct., June 8, 2023), [...]

By |2023-07-09T17:51:22-07:00July 9th, 2023|Trademark, First Amendment|0 Comments

Circuit Conflict over Trade Dress and Parody vs State Police Power Immunity

Please join us on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm, where we will discuss the following:   Sulzer Mixpac AG v. A&N Trading Co., 988 F.3d 174 (2d Cir. 2021) (decision here) - A&N petitions the Supreme Court for cert based on a final judgment and permanent injunction by the 2nd Circuit on TM [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: December 8, 2014 :: Use of Mark Protected by First Amendment; WIPO Issues Domain Dispute Decision

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, December 8, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent decision in the N.D Cal regarding trademarks and the First Amendment as well as a WIPO decision regarding a domain dispute: Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. Case No. 14-cv-02361-RS (ND Cal 11/24/14 ) (available here).  In a summary judgment [...]

By |2014-12-04T16:49:37-08:00December 4th, 2014|WIPO, Domain Names, First Amendment, Trademark|0 Comments
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