Best of 2006: Matter Meets Antimatter: Free Speech v. Islam Explodes for Europe

Originally posted 2015-01-18 18:48:02. Republished by Blog Post PromoterPosted February 2, 2006. Michelle Malkin is running with the story (which I saw first on Instapundit) about a political cartoonist’s depiction of an injured Iraq veteran that raised the ire of the armed services so profoundly that all five of the Joint Chiefs of Staff signed a letter in protest. These are the “warlords” who control the world’s most powerful war machine. Contrast civilization vs. civilization: In a very gingerly written story, the Associated Press reports that Europe is being put to the test — not later, but now — of... Read more

Frontline Issues in Trademark and Advertising Law at the ABCNY

A promotional, but very topical, message on behalf of my friends and colleagues at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York: On Your Marks: Frontline Issues in Trademark and Advertising Law Monday, April 24, 2017 | 9 am – 5 pm Includes Networking Luncheon NY CLE: 7.0 total: 6.0 professional practice & 1.0 ethics NJ CLE: 7.0 total: 6.0 general & 1.0 professional responsibility CA CLE: 7.0 total: 6.0 general & 1.0 professional responsibility PA CLE: 5.5 total: 5.0 general & 0.5 professional responsility 2016 was a year of dramatic developments in technology, world politics and... Read more

How Upworthy Won the Internet

Originally posted 2014-03-14 10:40:46. Republished by Blog Post PromoterUpworthy has learned, as the infographic below demonstrates, how to work the levers of the Internet — building a brand out of nowhere. Can these techniques work for existing brands — like blogs?  Presumably. Are they right for every brand?  Of course not.  But this one is a no-brainer for everyone, I’d say:  “Just don’t be spammy.  Quality comes first.” Yes, please! Brought to you by Social Marketing Software by Marketo Read more

Bentley gets stuck in reverse

I hardly ever write about trademark things from other countries, including the Mother Country.  But this UK story seemed like a good trademarks / brand equity / life-comes-at-you-fast object lesson notwithstanding its foreign provenance. It turned out to be much more than that.  Here’s the starting point: Trademark tragedy strikes as Bentley Motors seeks to extend brand into clothing Luxury car company Bentley Motors has started to extend its brand into new product areas – but it has come across a pretty big hurdle from the onset. . . . The car company recently decided to invest more in accessories... Read more

Keller & Cunard Go Deep on Copyright Law

Originally posted 2015-06-08 06:45:49. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI used to participate in a general-interest blog, back when my world was quite different, and my colleague over there, Dean Esmay (whose world and blog have changed even more), used to scold me for writing very long introductions that gave no hint of the topic of my post.  So here I’ve got a long introduction, and I can’t help but write it; but I’m telling you up front that this is a review of Bruce Keller and Jeffrey Cunard’s Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s Guide from the Practising Law Institute’s Intellectual Property Law Library.... Read more

Lawyer: Apple trademark claim “silly”

Originally posted 2013-06-02 22:24:09. Republished by Blog Post reports: A lawyer for Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday dismissed as ridiculous a long-running trademark infringement claim by The Beatles’ Apple Corps record label that has landed the two cultural icons in Britain’s High Court. Attorney Anthony Grabiner said “even a moron in a hurry” could distinguish between the computer company’s iTunes online music business and a record company like Apple Corps. “Even a moron in a hurry?” They may have almost lost their wigs and gowns but the barristers of England have evidently not lost their wit. I don’t even... Read more

Steve Baird makes trademark blogging SNAP, crackle and pop

There’s blogging about Minnesota, bad Minnesota IP blogging, and then there’s great Minnesota IP blogging.  Steve Baird’s Duets Blog is based in Minneapolis, is the last of these, but its influence and significance far exceed the penumbras of the Star of the North.  If you’re not reading it regularly, you’re missing out on analyses that offer high-level branding insight, trademark law expertise, social media savvy and excellent writing. You’re also missing out on the definitive demonstration of what great law blogging can still be. This recent post about the Snapchat icon is Exhibit Z.  On a simple level, the post is about the... Read more

One-World Government to U.S.: First Amend THIS

Originally posted 2013-06-11 12:05:07. Republished by Blog Post PromoterA United Kingdom court has entered a crippling libel award against Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of the book Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It, which is a tad critical of the ruling family of Saudi Arabia. Editor and Publisher, per Glenn, reports on the story. It’s not that unusual for libel claims against American books to go to the UK for relief, because, unlike in the U.S., they might actually win. (UPDATE: But not always.) But what if, as the reports say regarding this book, the book was... Read more

That’s a wrap

Originally posted 2007-04-15 23:43:30. Republished by Blog Post PromoterForget about the IP rights in those MTA symbols — you can probably use them however you want, now. (Remember to read my disclaimer on the right, though!) Almost two years ago I expressed my skepticism about the (New York) Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s aggressive IP enforcement program focusing on the iconic train symbols of the New York City subway system. It’s a short piece so I am going to reprint in whole here: Taking the IP Train The New York Times reported (yes, reg. req.) last week that New York’s Metropolitan Transit... Read more