29
Apr/05

Virgin Makes Pfizer Blush


Pfizer objects to Virgin’s use of a little blue pill to brag that it’s bigger than its rivals in the bedroom department.  Via Adland.



29
Apr/05

5 Things To Do When You Receive A Cease and Desist Letter


1. Do not contact the other side and discuss the case.

2.  Do not contact the other side and discuss the case.

3.  Do not contact the other side and discuss the case.

4.  Consult experienced counsel and receive an evaluation of your rights.

5.  Do not contact the other side and discuss the case.



29
Apr/05

"I Was Only Joking" Defense


Volokh on the legal treatment of the ‘I was only joking’ defense in relation to threats against the President and bomb threats on airlines. 



29
Apr/05

Unfettered By Facts or Reason, We Legislate Freely


A column from FT.Com that challenges various underpinings of IP legislation such as the relationship between IP rights and innovation.



29
Apr/05

Tiger Direct Sues Apple Over TIGER Mac OS


Today Apple rolled-out the latest version of its operating system, TIGER.  Yesterday, Tiger Direct, a direct PC seller, sued Apple.  I can’t confirm the MacWorld’s article’s assertion that Apple has a registration for TIGER.  Tiger Direct had filed extensions to file an opposition against Apple’s application for TIGER last August, which opposition seems to have no papers entered since last year, suggesting that the parties were in discussions (the TTAB Vue print-out states that the opposition status is both terminated and pending, an odd state of affairs.  The TARR status indicates that an opposition was initiated in December).



29
Apr/05

Text of Complaint in NY Spyware Suit


Text of complaint of New York State Attorney General against spyware company.

EFF commentary on lawsuit.



28
Apr/05

Ninth Circuit Case on Gray Goods


Ninth Circuit decision on gray goods that, it can’t help noting, are actually gray.  In this case the goods were manufactured by a licensee of the Canadian trademark owner, sold to a Canadian company, and then shipped to the U.S.  Additional elements make this a somewhat complex fact pattern.

American Circuit Breaker v. Oregon Breakers, 03-35375 (9th Cir.  April 25, 2005).

If you were brushing up on your gray goods law, you may want to start with K Mart Corp. v. Cartier, Inc., 486 U.S. 281 (1988).



28
Apr/05

I Should Do Something Like This


From Silicom.com, a feature entitled Ask The (U.K.) Lawyer.  Discussion of internesting UK meta-tag case.



28
Apr/05

It's All Happening At The Zoo


Talent Zoo sues Work Zoo, another job recruitment agency.  Via Adweek.



28
Apr/05

Wal-Mart Objects To Parody


Wal-Mart objects to parody, via SiliconValley.com.