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Family Guy's Wish Upon A Star Parody Suit Dismissed

Today was a good day for stopping non meritorious copyright infringement claims. Followers of the popular Fox television show “Family Guy” no doubt are aware that one of the show’s hallmarks is its irreverent parodies of all aspects… Read More
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Categories: Copyright

March Madness Trademark History

With the March Madness Tournament right around the corner I thought today would be a good day to inform those who don’t know the interesting history surrounding “March Madness.” The tournament didn’t really take off until afte… Read More
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Categories: Trademark Law

Floating City and Communal IP

I read this story this morning and found it interesting for the prominence given to IP issues. Apparently there are designs in the works for a floating city off the coast of San Francisco. The Seasteading Institute has created a plan based roughly on… Read More
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Categories: Articles

Trademarks and the Ice Cream Truck

I came across an interesting piece of intellectual property news today. Apparently the ice cream jingle many of us remember rushing outside to intercept in the middle of summer is trademarked by Mister Softee. A small New Jersey company, Danny’… Read More
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Categories: Trademark Law

Trademark Extortion

This is an article that I think is of real relevance to this blog. It’s author is Professor Ken Port, past winner of the LADAS award which is presented to the best article concerning trademark law in the world. I was a research assistant to Pro… Read More
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Categories: Articles, Trademark Law

Amazon's Kindle 2 vs. The Author's Guild

As many of you are probably aware, Amazon recently released an update to its popular e-book reader the Kindle called appropriately Kindle 2. One of the interesting new features included with the Kindle 2 is a text to speech option that allows the rea… Read More
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Categories: Copyright

Bit of a self plug today. Here is a link to my recently published article in the William Mitchell College of Law Intellectual Property Research Series. The premise of the article is that the music industry should allow music to be rented again as it… Read More
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Categories: Articles

Dell and Intel Challenge Psion's trademark "netbook"

One of the fastest growing elements of the personal computing industry is the “netbook” category. See http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4877 These are small, very portable laptops that are not nearly as powerful as their la… Read More
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Categories: Trademark Law

Welcome/Inaugural Post

Hello. This is the first in what I hope will be many postings on this blog. This will be a blog devoted to intellectual property defense. It will focus primarily on trademark, copyright, and entertainment law issues. I am often amazed at how often th… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

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