30
Sep/08

Pro-IP Act Passes Congress – Make Me The IP Czar


CNet: IP Bill Passes in the House
CNet: What to Expect from a new IP Cabinet Position
Slashdot commentary.
Prof Patry commentary.

Ars Technica coverage
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29
Sep/08

"What Trademarks Say About Economy"


Philadelphia Inquirer: “What Trademarks Say About Economy“:

When trademark filings are up, it’s a good sign that the economy is humming along. But if they go up too fast, you may have a bubble on your hands. Or if they start to tail off after years of modest growth, there might be a recession in the offing.
“We are seeing applications now in 2008 going down, but they are dropping less sharply and fiercely than they did in late 2001,” during the last recession, said Gundersen.
In 2000, trademark filings hit what was then an all-time high of 287,000, but then fell off more than 25 percent the following year, according to Gundersen’s analysis. It wasn’t until 2007 that they finally passed the record set in 2000 by topping 300,000



29
Sep/08

I'm Suspending My Blog . . .


. . . until the Mets get a new bullpen. This may be a while.



26
Sep/08

"Pennsylvania Law firm Claims Websites Free-Ride On Its Name"


ABA Journal: Pennsylvania Law firm Claims Websites Free-Ride On Its Name“:

A Pennsylvania law firm has sued a Canadian domain name registry, claiming that it helped create websites that free-ride on the Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn name.



24
Sep/08

My Contribution


I officially offer to file an application for TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM and catchy TARP logo, on behalf of the US Government, attorney fees waived.
By the way, I’m announcing a “design a snappy TARP logo’ contest. Winner gets 1 share of stock, ticker symbol LEH.
And this guy was on the ball:
Domain
troubledassetreliefprogram.com:
Springbok Media Inc.
PO Box 438, Palm Grove House
Road Town, Tortola VG
Administrative contact:
Technical contact:
Billing contact:
Springbok Media Inc.
Christopher Stewart
[email protected]
PO Box 438, Palm Grove House
Road Town, Tortola VG
Phone: +82.313960622
Fax:
Record dates:
Record created on: 2008-09-19 14:09:26 UTC
Record modified on: 2008-09-19 14:09:26 UTC
Record expires on: 2009-09-19 UTC



21
Sep/08

Speculators Registering Bank Merger Domain Names


The Guardian: “Computers are the only worthwhile assets banks have left“:
Even as the short-selling vultures began circling Lehman Brothers, HBOS, Merrill Lynch and co, a legion of entrepreneurs began betting on domain names for hastily merged financial institutions. For example, when Barclays and Bank of America began to emerge as buyers for Lehman, names such as barclayslehman.com and bofalehman.com were promptly registered by enterprising hopefuls.
Hat tip Boing Boing.



18
Sep/08

WeightWatchers v Campbells




18
Sep/08

SPRINGFIELD WILDCATS v. SHELBYVILLE WILDCATS


Daily Cardinal: UW Settles ‘Motion W’ Lawsuit with Washburn:

Washburn University agreed to modify its athletic logo Friday after UW-Madison filed an unprecedented federal trademark-infringement lawsuit against the school last year.



18
Sep/08

MOOSE TRACKS is a brand; BLUE MOON is generic


Property Intangible publishes the results of its genericness survey.



18
Sep/08

"RIAA Decries Attorney-Blogger as 'Vexatious' Litigator


Wired.com: “RIAA Decries Attorney-Blogger as ‘Vexatious’ Litigator“:

The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a “vexatious” litigator and is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused of making copyrighted music available on the Kazaa file sharing system.

Decries:
Etymology:
French décrier, from Old French decrier, from de- + crier to cry
Date:
1614
1 : to depreciate (as a coin) officially or publicly
2 : to express strong disapproval of