31
Oct/02

INTA on Well-known Marks


An amicus brief filed in Indonesia on behalf of Intel by INTA on the registration and protection of well-known marks.



31
Oct/02

BeBe King Over BE


BE for clothing is too close to BeBe (pronounced “bee-bee”) for clothing.  Via the Arizona Republic.



31
Oct/02

ALTIRA v. ALTRIA Settled


Philip Morris settles a suit by ALTIRA, allowing it to take the name ALTRIA.  However the article indicates that Philip Morris will only use it for non-business related activities.  Via Boston Globe.



31
Oct/02

The Yorge and Yortuck Bit Is Now 25 Years Old


This from the nlj.com docket (I’d give the link but they don’t use permalinks):

Store accused of violating trademark
Egg Harbor Township, N.J.-based gift and novelty retailer Spencer Gifts LLC has sued the Champaign, Ill., store Wild & Crazy Collectibles and its owner, Jerry Schuberth, alleging violation of Spencer’s trademarks for “Wild ‘N’ Crazy” and “Wild ‘N’ Crazy Card.”
Spencer Gifts LLC v. Schuberth, No. 2:02cv2210 (C.D. Ill. Oct. 10)

If you, like my legal assistant, don’t get the title reference, click here, episode 47.



31
Oct/02

Ugandan Dispute Regarding SUPERMATCH


Interesting article from allafrica.com about a litigation in Uganda in which the trademark owner received an injunction against a licensee for making substandard product.  That the trademark owner is moving for an accounting of profits suggests that there may have been some issue regarding the remittance of royalties as well.  Via Nameprotect.com.



31
Oct/02

An Australian View on Equitrac v. Promatek


An Australian Barrister’s view on the Equitrac case (background here) regarding meta-tags and intial interest confusion.  Seems that inserting a competitor’s trademark as a meta-tag would be a tort down there as well.



31
Oct/02

All Shanghai ICANN, All the Time


If you need to read the latest on-the-scene reportage from the ICANN meeting currently taking place in Shanghai, then check out the ICANN news aggregator.  Alternately, you can wait until Thursday and check to see what the ICANN Board decided here.



29
Oct/02

The Stepford Infringers


In this NY Times article on the hiring of Barbara Kolsun, former chairwoman of the board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, as Sr. VP and General counsel of handbag maker KATE SPADE, there is a discussion of “purse parties,” where suburban housewives gather to purchase knock-off handbags.  They sell knock-off handbags in the lobby of my son’s pre-school, and I ‘m afraid that if I send a demand letter on behalf of a client, they won’t give my son a good letter of referral  for kindergarten. (Online subscription req. for nytimes.com).



29
Oct/02

More on Deep Linking


This time Reuters is in trouble for unauthorized linking.



28
Oct/02

We Know Where You Live


I have been Googling phone numbers for a variety of reasons for quite some time but I only recently learned via Icann Blog that when you Google some phone numbers, you will immediately get an opportunity to get a map of the location of the phone number via Yahoo Maps or MapQuest.  Great when you’re looking for an infringer or a Chinese restuarant, not as great when it’s someone else Googling your phone number.