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…

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The Gray Blog

Now this is interesting! The Gray Blog is dedicated solely to the topic of gray market or “parallel market” goods, a subject near and dear to my heart. It’s a project of Miami IP lawyer Jorge Espinosa and one eminently worth watching. Originally posted 2012-12-04 19:34:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Read more

Editor and Publisher: Stop the new trademark dilution bill

Steve Yahn at Editor and Publisher tries to stir up some interest in what should be — search-term advertising and other flavors of the month aside — the trademark story of the moment: Embedded deep in H.R. 683, “The Trademark Dilution Revision Act,” which awaits what may well be a last look in the U.S. House of Representatives before being signed into law by President Bush, is language that would remove key free-speech protections that... Read more

Blawg Review #280

Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, begins this Wednesday night.  And what could be a more appropriate occasion for Blawg Review—for us to pass judgment on a world of law blogging about law, justice and perhaps even mercy—than the Day of Judgment?  Lest anyone think that Rosh Hashanah is of mere sectarian interest, let such error cease.  For Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgment for all of humanity—even lawyers. Even judges. ... Read more

Best of 2009: “Adverference?”

This was originally published on January 22, 2009: Working from home today after a bruising few weeks at work (see yesterday’s post!), I finally figured out what was going on with banner ads on my Internet browsing. It raises an interesting question about Internet-related copyright and trademark law. We use a filtered Internet service at home. It is a service marketed to orthodox Jews such as ourselves.  There are others, too, including the free, self-managed... Read more

Summer in the City

Hope there’s still time to change your summer plans to fit in another IP seminar presentation — my last, I think, for a while. I’m PowerPointed out. Here’s the blurb: The American Conference Institute seminar, at the Princeton Club in New York, is called Copyright / Trademark Protection & Litigation: Legal Trends and Developments — Maximizing Use While Minimizing Risk; Litigation Strategies From Claim Analysis Through Trial. In other words, if one person registers for... Read more

SUPER BOWL® Trademark Watch and Contest I

Every year it’s the same thing: Several weeks before the Super Bowl®, people and businesses wishing to promote events related to the timing of the biggest sporting event of the season — the Super Bowl®, that is, the National Football League’s championship game — go through all sorts of contortions to avoid saying the trademark-protected words, Super Bowl. Most frequently ad copywriters and broadcast announcers used the phrase, “the big game,” until last year they... Read more

Revisiting the Black List

David Bernstein writes: [Northwestern Law Prof Martin] Redish concludes, and this Reviewer agrees, it was entirely appropriate — under the First Amendment, and also morally — for businesses and individuals to boycott members of the Stalinist CPUSA. (SKIP PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT LAW SCHOOL POLITICS. ) Marty Redish wrote that? Very impressive for its political incorrectness. Maybe he’s hankering to follow (one of my other first-year NU Law professors — took Redish’s course... Read more

Getting intellectual about intellectual property

Originally posted 2008-02-08 10:19:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. Eric Schmidt: Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, and creator of the GNU Public License (GPL) was also present. Stallman is known for his outspoken political beliefs and his attention to semantics. He … took issue with “intellectual property,” a term he considers propagandistic and misleading.Stallman’s argument is that copyright, patents, trademark, and trade secret laws are quite different from each other. Copyright and... Read more

Meet some bloggers. Whatever.

John Welch asks, in his naive but charming way: TTABlog query: Who, if anyone, owns the rights to the mark MEET THE BLOGGERS? I coined the term in 2005, and Marty Schwimmer and I hosted the first two events (San Diego and Toronto) under that title. Ron Coleman joined us for the third, in Chicago. And Jeremy Phillips (IPKAT) was responsible for the Berlin meeting. [Ms. Chestek! Ms. Pamela Chestek! Please pick up the white... Read more

Open Source — Yes, There’s Room to Debate

If you’re lucky enough to be anywhere near Palo Alto on Thursday, you might want to check out this Open Source Debate being sponsored by the Federalist Society: Join professors Lawrence Lessig and F. Scott Kieff as they debate the merits of open source, shared source, and traditional IP rights. Under what circumstances should open source be mandated, or at least encouraged? What are the legal and policy implications of open source — does it... Read more