30
Nov/05

Global Fake Drug Problem


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Article from The American Prospect entitled ‘Death By Dilution,’ on the world counterfeit drug market. The FDA estimates that 10% of the medicine in the world is counterfeit; others estimate that the figure is 50% in some countries.
Review of The Third Man (one of my favorite thrillers) here.



29
Nov/05

Prof. Patry on Copyright Deposits and Trade Secrets


Further to our prior conversation about trade secret issues raised by IP filings, we note that Prof. Patry has posted on Copyright Deposits and Trade Secret Protection.



29
Nov/05

Single Digit Domain Names


Back in 1993, IANA set aside the registration of single-digit domain names (six were floating around – IdeaLab used to own Z.COM, for example). Now ICANN is supposed to discuss whether such names should be released. Presumably some of these names would be quite valuable.
Some companies are making (possibly) premptory trademark filings. Yahoo has filed a trademark application for Y.COM. Overstock has filed for O.COM. A company named GQXZP2 (represented by Bracewell & Guiliani) has filed several ‘single digit.com’ applications, including A.COM.
Hmm.



29
Nov/05

SUN v. PURPLE SUN in the UK


Sun Microsystems successfully protests use of PURPLE SUN for ‘internet monitoring,‘ in the U.K.



29
Nov/05

VODAFONE v. VODAFONE in Russia


Vodafone goes after name squatter in Russia.
Similar story re STARBUCKs in Russia here.



29
Nov/05

Coulrophobia In International Affairs


Kazakhstan, taking the bait, has protested comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s portrayal of Borat, a fictitious Kazakh.
Borat’s fictional website here.



27
Nov/05

Blind Search Engine Taste Test


Compare results among three leading search engines. I tried it out with ‘Trademark Lawyer’ and the discrepancy was a little surprising. Via Searchblog.



27
Nov/05

Mark Cuban on Harry Fox


Mark Cuban argues that the Harry Fox Agency is holding back the MP3 industry.



25
Nov/05

When Black Friday Comes


There is now a ‘Black Friday’ ad website industry. More coverage here.
If you’re aware of (legally disclosable) lawsuits or protests arising from the ‘leaking’ of Black Friday pricing data, pass it on.



25
Nov/05

REDLINE v. RED BULL


Makers of REDLINE energy drink bring trade dress declaratory judgment against RED BULL. Copy of REDLINE complaint here, commentary via Nutritional and Dietary Supplement Law Blog.