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Jury Orders Mongols Motorcycle Club to Forfeit Trademark
January 24, 2019
Post by Brandon W. Clark
The Mongols Nation motorcycle club was recently convicted of violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) resulting in a California federal jury ordering the motorcycle club to forfeit its trademarked logo based on links between the image and the criminal activities carried out by the group. The imagine incorporates the motorcycle club’s name along with a Genghis Khan-type c.......
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The Plant Naming Conundrum … Protecting Your Plant Varieties in the Short and Long Term
February 15, 2018
Post by Christine Lebron-Dykeman
Development of a new plant cultivar or varietal often requires substantial research and development. These costs can be recovered, however, if a breeder is able to successfully market, sell and/or license the resulting product, while maintaining exclusive ownership rights therein.  There are, of course, a variety of intellectual property protection schemes available to maintain those exclusive right.......
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USPTO Heightens Post-Registration Requirements for Trademarks
March 16, 2017
Post by Brandon W. Clark
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has recently made changes to the post-registration requirements for U.S. trademark registrations. Effective March 21, 2017, the USPTO will implement a post-registration audit program intended to obtain additional evidence and ensure accuracy of claims that a trademark is in use in commerce in connection with the goods/services listed in the registrati.......
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USPTO Data Visualization Center
November 10, 2016
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy
Jonathon L. Kennedy Have you ever wondered how long the typical time before a first Office Action in a pending patent or trademark application is?  Or am I the only one waiting for some months after filing an RCE to have my patent application reexamined?  Or what is the average length of time a patent application or trademark application is examined before allowance?  The USPTO Data V.......
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The Importance of Deposit Copies in Copyright Litigation
September 08, 2016
Post by Brandon W. Clark
Brandon W. Clark Two of the most notorious copyright litigation cases in recent years share one thing in common, neither jury was allowed to compare the audio recordings of the songs in question. The rulings in both the "Blurred Lines"and "Stairway to Heaven"cases show how important it is to file accurate and complete deposit copies with the US Copyright Office. "Blurred Lines".......
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Who owns the Trademark: Distributor v. Manufacturer
August 11, 2015
Post by Blog Staff
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has previously held that in the absence of an agreement between a manufacturer and a distributor, there is a legal presumption that the manufacturer is the owner of the trademark. The presumption that the manufacturer is the owner of a disputed mark may be rebutted. In determining which party has superior rights, the TTAB has looked to severa.......
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USPTO Cancels Washington, D.C. NFL Franchise's Trademark Registrations
June 19, 2014
Post by Blog Staff
The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a decision yesterday cancelling six federal trademark registrations owned by the Washington, D.C. National Football League franchise. The cancellation proceeding was brought by five Native American petitioners on the basis that the marks disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). The Trademark Trial and.......
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Ninth Circuit: Filing copyright application sufficient to bring suit under Section 411(a)
June 03, 2010
Post by Blog Staff
In a decision last week, the Ninth Circuit held the filing of an application for registration with the copyright office is sufficient to meet the requirement that a copyright be "registered" before suit is brought under 17 U.S.C. § 411(a). In the first circuit court decision on the subject since the Supreme Court's Reed Elsevier decision (holding the registration requirement of § 411(a) .......
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Supreme Court: Registration requirement of 411(a) not jurisdictional for copyright claims
March 02, 2010
Post by Blog Staff
Today the Supreme Court decided Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, a case regarding whether the registration requirement of 17 U.S.C. § 411(a) is jurisdictional or a claim processing rule. The Court held the requirement to be nonjurisdictional. The case involves a class action for copyright infringement by freelance journalists based on republication of works in electronic databases that originally appeared .......
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U.S. Copyright Office begins online registration system today
July 01, 2008
Post by Blog Staff
Today the U.S. Copyright Office will officially begin accepting registrations for some works online. The works that may be registered online are "basic claims" for literary, visual arts, and performing arts works (including motion pictures, sound recordings and single serials). A "basic claim," which is eligible for online registration must be one of:a single work;multiple unpublished works .......
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Ninth Circuit: No statutory damages for continuing infringement that began before registration
June 16, 2008
Post by Blog Staff
In a decision last week, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's award of statutory damages for copyright infringement and affirmed the district court's default judgment award of attorney's fees for trademark infringement. The plaintiff's copyright registration had an effective date of approximately one month after the first act of infringement, and nearly two years after first publication........
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Second Circuit: Copyright registration is a jurisdictional requirement
December 03, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
Last week, the Second Circuit issued a decision addressing whether the registration requirement for bringing a copyright action was jurisdictional or merely a "claim processing" rule. The decision turned on whether the Supreme Court's decision in Eberhart v. United States reduced the class of "jurisdictional" statutes such that 17 U.S.C. § 411(a) should be considered a "claim pr.......
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First Circuit: Reconstruction of work does not meet deposit requirement for copyright registration
October 05, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
Tuesday, the First Circuit issued a decision regarding the Copyright Act's requirement of submission of a "copy" of an original work along with the registration of the work in order for a plaintiff to bring suit in federal court. The court held, as an issue of first impression in the circuit, that the copy submitted had to be just that, a copy, and that the plaintiff's reconstruction of the wor.......
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Fourth Circuit affirms refusal of copyright registration: insufficient creativity
May 25, 2007
Post by Blog Staff
The Fourth Circuit yesterday affirmed the denial of copyright registration to an individual who had adapted United States Census maps for use on his website. The only changes to the maps were the addition of colors, changing the typeface of the state abbreviations, and a change in layout for some of the state indications. The court affirmed the Copyright Office's determination that the adapted maps were .......
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