Posts Tagged: beth hutchens


We Are Just Too Pretty to get Sued for Infringement

Firefly was a briefly lived television show that aired on Fox in 2002. It only lasted for a few months before Fox yanked the plug (a most egregious …
By Beth Hutchens
3 years ago 20

Food for a Super Bowl Party, IP Style

I decided to reach out to John Mola, who runs the PLI San Francisco Conference Center and is in charge of virtually all the PLI patent programs. …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Going Gaga for Music Samples

A Chicago musician called Rebecca Francescatti says that Lady Gaga stole part of her song “Juda” for the hit song “Judas”. More specifically, the complaint alleges that …
By Beth Hutchens
3 years ago 0

Nike v. YUMS: Covenant Not to Sue Prevents Jurisdiction

The Court went to the actual terms of the Covenant to determine if Nike had met this very tough burden burden. In this case, though, Nike did. …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 0

Industry Insiders Reflect on Biggest Moments in IP for 2012

For this inaugural edition of ?Biggest Moments in IP? we have a variety of reflections on a wide array of IP issues. Former Commissioner for Patents Bob …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

Zombie Trademarks: Bringing a Trademark Back From The Dead

Unlike patents and copyrights, a trademark can exist in perpetuity so long as it is being used. And a mark has to be used to stay alive. …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 3

Olympic Gymnastics Parody and the 2 Live Crew

Given the fact that the IOC is notoriously litigious, are the WSJ and the Guardian in trouble for their little vignettes? Nah -thanks to the 2 Live Crew. …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 1

Justice Scalia: Hardest Decision “Probably a Patent Case”

One week ago, on July 18, 2012, Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court sat down for an interview with Piers Morgan of CNN. See Scalia interview …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 5

U.S. v. Alvarez: Trademark Dilution and the First Amendment

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion on the Stolen Valor Act (18 U.S.C. §§704). This poor little First Amendment case has …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 1

Two of My Favorite Things: Whiskey and Trade Dress

Which brings us to the recent gem of an opinion from the Sixth Circuit. Maker’s Mark has been using red sealing wax on its bourbon bottles …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 1

IP Tweeters You Should Be Following on Twitter

Those with Twitter accounts who are looking for some good folks to follow look no further. Likely everyone in the industry is already familiar with folks like …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

It’s Pronounced Foo Koo

Each state has its own unique rules pertaining to trade names that are very close, if not identical, to the federal rules. It naturally follows, then, that …
By Beth Hutchens
4 years ago 3

Bobbing for Antitrust Apples: E-book Price Fixing Challenge

So what did Apple and the other publishers do that put them on Uncle Sam’s Radar? Allegedly, they agreed among themselves to sell their e-books at …

A Special Thank You to Our Guest Contributors!

Over the years IPWatchdog.com has continued to try and add additional perspectives from a wide variety of guest contributors, ranging from well respected practicing attorneys and …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 3

7 Common Misperceptions About Intellectual Property

As an aside, and somewhat related to the boring concept, is the idea that intellectual property practitioners are all basement-dwelling nerds. OK, maybe we’re a little …
By Beth Hutchens
5 years ago 9