Posts in Circuit Courts of Appeal


Messy Trademark Case Over ‘The Sloppy Tuna’ Gets Cleaned Up by the Second Circuit

???In Montauk U.S.A. v. 148 South Emerson Associates the Second Circuit vacated-in-part an earlier ruling in a trademark case. In that ruling, the district court denied …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

How Not to Copy: What is Fair and What is Fair Use?

These issues of fairness and fair use are played out in the recent Oracle v. Google decision. In a convoluted case that has gone up to the …
By Raymond Van Dyke
2 months ago 0

Iconic Michael Jordan Photograph Not Infringed – Ninth Circuit

The case is interesting, however, not just because it involved famous subjects – a “renowned photographer” (as the Plaintiff was described in the court’s first sentence), a …
By David Levitt
2 months ago 1

Ninth Circuit says ‘Blurred Lines’ Infringed Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the song Blurred Lines infringed the copyright in Marvin …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 1

District Court Challenges Legality of Embedding Copyrighted Content

On February 15, 2018 a New York district court judge – in Goldman v. Breitbart News Network – challenged the reasoning of Perfect 10, and she concluded that one who embeds content …
By Lee Burgunder
2 months ago 1

FTC can Proceed Against AT&T for Throttling Data Speed of ‘Unlimited’ Data Users

AT&T Mobility argued in a motion to dismiss that they were exempt from the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) because they qualify as a "…
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 3

No DMCA safe harbor for Cox’s 13-strike policy for terminating repeat infringers

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision in the case, BMG Rights Management LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc. The …
By Heather Smith-Carra
3 months ago 5

Twentieth Century Fox Television Wins Trademark Case, ‘Empire’ Does Not Infringe

The 9th Circuit affirmed the title 'Empire' was speech protected under the First Amendment and did not infringe trademarks owned by Empire Distribution... The panel instead determined …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 1

Digital Resale & Copyrights: Why the Second Circuit Won’t Buy It

In 2011, ReDigi Inc. introduced technology that effectively attempted to establish a secondary market for “used” digital music files, where owners who had legally downloaded music files from …
By Lee Burgunder
7 months ago 5

2nd Circuit upholds most of district court judgment in trademark case brought by Swiss army knife maker Victorinox

On Tuesday, September 19th, Victorinox AG, the manufacturer of the well-known Swiss army knife, saw a successful outcome of an appeal decided by the U.S. Court …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 0

PETA, photographer settle copyright ownership of monkey selfie

A complaint was filed in the Northern District of California on behalf of Naruto, at the time a six-year-old crested macaque residing in the Tangkoko Reserve located …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 3

Octane Standard for Attorney’s Fees Applies to Lanham Act and Patent Act Cases

In mag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc., Romag sued Fossil for patent and trademark infringement and a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (“CUTPA”) after …

The Ninth Circuit Writes the Script on Pleading and Proving Reverse Confusion Claims

The Ninth Circuit clarified the requirements for pleading and establishing a trademark infringement claim under a reverse confusion theory in Marketquest Group v. BIC, Case No. 15-55755 (9…
By Angel Chiang & Eric Ball
10 months ago 0

Ninth Circuit Confirms Willfulness is Required to Award Profits in Trademark Cases

As Stone Creek deepens the divide among circuits, the issue of whether willfulness is required for disgorgement of a defendant’s profits in trademark cases is ripe …
By Shannon Turner & Eric Ball
10 months ago 0

Court finds that use of unpublished Tommy DeVito bio in ‘Jersey Boys’ musical is fair use

In mid-June, this case was overturned on appeal after a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (D. Nev.), entered a …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 1