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15
Aug/14

Text of Redskins’ complaint appealing the TTAB decision


This is the Redskins’ appeal of the TTAB decision cancelling their REDSKINS registrations. This is a de novo appeal to the US District court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

redskins v blackhorse.pdf



15
Aug/14

8th Cir: Fortis v Warner Bros (CLEAN SLATE)


Justia.com Opinion Summary: Fortres develops and sells a desktop management program called “Clean Slate” and holds a federally-registered trademark for use of that name to identify “[c]omputer software used to protect public access computers by scouring the computer drive back to its original configuration upon reboot.” When Warner Bros. Entertainment used the words “the clean slate” to describe a hacking program in the movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Fortres experienced a precipitous drop in sales of its software. Fortres sued, alleging that the use of the words “clean slate” in reference to the software in its movie infringed its trademark in violation of Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1114, 1125, and Indiana unfair competition law. The district court dismissed, reasoning that Fortres had not alleged a plausible theory of consumer confusion, upon which all of its claims depend, and that Warner Bros.’ use of the words “the clean slate” was protected by the First Amendment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed without reaching the constitutional question. Juxtaposed against the weakness of all the other relevant factors, the similarity of the marks is not enough to establish confusion. Trademark law protects the source-denoting function of words used in conjunction with goods and services, not the words themselves.

43(b)log discussion here
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fortis grand v wb _clean slate_



6
Aug/14

E-cigs are the Wild West of Trademarks These Days


hana modz.pdf



6
Aug/14

The Camouflage Clearly States ‘Non-foliage’




5
Aug/14

Yes, Judge Posner, But How Do You Really Feel?


Judge Posner awards fees against the Conan Doyle Estate. Special word search game: find the words ‘violate the antitrust laws’ in this decision.

Bonus reference to the Happy Birthday copyright scheme, uh, dispute.

klinger 7th circuit fees.pdf



31
Jul/14

Apparently, ‘Honey Badger Don’t Care’ Is A Thing



honeybadger

Narrator of ‘Honey Badger Don’t Care’ video, registers the phrase, and sues t-shirt company.

honey badger dont care complaint.pdf



30
Jul/14

Logo and Branding Infographic


business logos review