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Court blocks trademark for sports shop

Registration of a trademark hinges, in part, on whether there is a likelihood of confusion with an earlier application or registration. In a recent case, a sports specialty shop learned that the trademark it sought for registration was considered likely to be confused with that of a private social club. The players Detroit Athletic Co. (DACo) is a sports specialty shop that sells souvenirs and apparel associated with Detroit professional teams. The Detroit Athletic Club (the Club) is a private men’s social club. DACo sought to register the mark “Detroit Athletic Co.” for its retail services. A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiner refused to register the mark, finding it was likely to be confused with the Club’s mark “Detroit Athletic Club,” registered for clothing goods. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed the refusal, and DACo appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Official review The TTAB generally turns
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Factual compilation qualifies for “thin” copyright

More and more of our personal information is collected every day, but some of the most valuable consumer data continues to be pairings of names and addresses. Companies build massive databases that compile this information — but are these compilations protected by copyright? It depends.

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Read all about it! Printed publication bars patents on drug tracking system

How often do you browse the Federal Register? For most people, the answer probably is never. But if you want to patent an invention that falls within the regulations of a federal agency like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Register might trip you up. For one patent applicant, it did just that.

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – February/March 2019

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the February/March issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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Federal Circuit revives soda trademark battle over “ZERO”

When most people hear the word “generic,” it brings to mind a consumer product without a brand name. But its meaning is much more significant in the trademark world, where a term deemed generic isn’t eligible for trademark protection. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently clarified the test for so-called genericness.

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Supreme Court allows patent owner to recover lost foreign profits

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling brings welcome news to patent holders who have found their inventions infringed overseas. The Court held that plaintiffs can recover lost foreign profits generated by the unlawful shipping of U.S. parts abroad for assembly into an infringing product.

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Photogs lose DMCA case over metadata removal

More than two decades after its enactment, portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) continue to confound both copyright holders and accused infringers. What, for example, must a copyright holder establish to win a lawsuit over removal of copyright management information (CMI)? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit provided some clarity on the issue in a case involving digital photographs.

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Supreme Court patent update: Phonetic alphabet fails patent-eligibility test

Despite what movies and television shows might suggest, not every great idea is worthy of—or, more importantly, eligible for—a patent. The inventor of a new phonetic alphabet learned this lesson the hard way.

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – Year End 2018

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the Year End 2018 issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and intellectual property

On September 30, 2018, the US, Mexico and Canada agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new comprehensive trade pact, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Chapter 20 of the USMCA deals with intellectual property. The chapter includes provisions updating the almost 25-year old NAFTA as well as new requirements based on the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President Trump repudiated the TPP when he took office in January 2017; to a large extent, therefore, the USMCA reinstates rules that the TPP adopted, but the US abandoned. The following are a few of the relevant provisions of the USMCA.

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