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Back to the Trademark Dispute

When Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled from 1985 to 2015 in a modified DeLorean DMC-12 in the second movie of the Back to the Future trilogy, they visited the town square of fictional Hill Valley and the courthouse played a key role in getting them back to their own...

Don’t Monkey Around With Selfie Copyrights

Being an attorney, it can be somewhat embarrassing to acknowledge some of the lawsuits that get filed in U.S. courts. The case of monkey selfie is one such case. It seems that wildlife photographer David Slater was taking photographs of Sulawesi crested macaques in...

Will Google Books Become the World’s Library?

Authors across the U.S. are outraged by a recent federal appellate court decision they believe nullifies their copyrights in books and magazine articles they’ve written and unfairly gives Google rights in those works that may (eventually) gut their commercial...

Coke (Bottle) Turns 100!

November marked the 100th anniversary of the issuance of the patent for the iconic Coca-Cola bottle design. Oftentimes cited as one of the best examples of trade dress in the world, the Coke bottle design was originally envisioned as a way to mass produce a drink...

Put a Pin in it: The Pinterest v. Pintrips Trademark Battle

In the world of trademarks, the success or failure of trademark infringement lawsuits are measured by the “likelihood of confusion” standard. Broadly speaking, this means that if consumers are likely to be confused (or, better yet, actually are confused)...

First, it Was Toy Hamsters. Now, it’s Toy Nazis.

Last month we reported on the unusual “right of publicity” case involving Harris Faulkner and Hasbro (“A plastic hamster by any other name…”). You may recall that Hasbro, a toy manufacturer, released a line of plastic toy animals with...

Made in the USA? Well, Mostly

When you’re out shopping at your favorite big box store and you come across a pair of blue jeans prominently displaying the label “MADE IN THE USA,” does it affect your decision to purchase and, equally important, just what does that label mean to...