Posts Tagged: ninth circuit


DMCA 2017: 9th Cir. decides safe harbor, anti-circumvention cases

In 2017, there were several noteworthy decisions relating to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Specifically, the Ninth Circuit addressed two separate cases, one dealing with safe harbor …
By Heather Smith-Carra
26 days ago 0

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
3 months ago 1

Copyright Preemption in the Smart Phone Society: The Ninth Circuit Clouds the Picture in T3Media

There is no question that smart phones have transformed the social and economic structure of society, and the integration of increasingly effective cameras has helped spark the …
By Lee Burgunder
7 months ago 1

Trader Joe’s and Extraterritorial Application of the Lanham Act

Trader Joe’s sued Hallatt (d/b/a Pirate Joe’s) for trademark infringement in the Western District of Washington, invoking the court’s federal question and …
By Brian Focarino
1 year ago 1

SCOTUS should adopt flexible, case-specific approach to attorneys’ fee awards in copyright cases

The IPO recently filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. supporting a flexible approach to awarding attorneys’ fees. Oral …
By Gunnar Gundersen
2 years ago 0

To the Batmobile! Copyright Saves the Day in Gotham City

Mark Towle owns Gotham Garage, which manufactures and sells replicas of automobiles featured in famous motion pictures and television programs. Gotham Garage specifically sold fully constructed cars …
By Brian Focarino
2 years ago 0

Do Online Retailers’ Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement?

Since the inception of the search engine, trademark owners, advertisers, search engine providers, and the courts have struggled with the issue of the use of third-party trademarks …
By Sarah Bro
2 years ago 1

Kimble v. Marvel – Supreme Court quiets criticism of per se rule against post-patent royalties

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC (2015) rejuvenates a 50-year-old rule that limits collecting patent royalties after a patent expires. …

Costco Prevails in First Sale Case Thanks to Copyright Misuse

On November 9, 2011, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, per Senior Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr., granted Costco a summary judgment victory due …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 7

Supreme Court Punts on Costco First Sale Copyright Case

United States Supreme Court issued a non-decision in the matter of Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Omega, S.A. The Per Curiam decision simply read: "The judgment is …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 4