Posts Tagged: beth hutchens


Internet Trademark Law 101: Don’t Metatag Me, Bro!

People have been arguing about the Internet since Al Gore invented it (sorry, I just couldn’t resist). One would think this issue would have been well …
By Beth Hutchens
9 years ago 4

I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little copyright too!

Last week, the 8th Circuit handed down a ruling saying that knickknack companies can’t use Warner Brothers’ copyrighted images on their merchandise even if they use …
By Beth Hutchens
9 years ago 1

Copyrights Last for a Limited Time, At Least in Theory

Currently, the term for copyright protection is life of the author plus 70 years. To put this into perspective for you, Steamboat Willie initially aired in 1928. The copyright …
By Beth Hutchens
9 years ago 15

Opportunistic Disney Seeks to Trademark “Seal Team 6”

The Navy filed two applications for trademarks on May 13th. The first is application serial number 85320305 for “Seal Team”. The identified class is “membership in an organization …
By Beth Hutchens
9 years ago 7

Prince and the Copyright Compulsory License Scheme

Imagine a world where the dulcet tones of “Inagaddadavida” never graced the airwaves. Gasp you should! According to the artist currently known as, but formerly known as “…
By Beth Hutchens
9 years ago 18

The Google Book Settlement and Orphan Works

I don’t think anyone will disagree that a digital library of this size would provide access to works that would otherwise never be seen, or worse, …
By Beth Hutchens
9 years ago 3

Trademarking of Sarah Palin, You Can Trademark Your Name

The Trademark act of 1946 specifically allows a person to obtain a trademark in her name provided the proposed name mark meets certain criteria. And the Trademark Manual …
By Beth Hutchens
10 years ago 10

Trademarking a Domain Name? Sure, why not?

A common misconception is that a website that just advertises your goods or services can be a trademark. It can’t. The domain has to be a …
By Beth Hutchens
10 years ago 2

Apple and Microsoft Fight Over “APP STORE” Trademark App

The Apple application for “APP STORE” is currently in opposition proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Here’s the skinny in 4th grade prose. Back …
By Beth Hutchens
10 years ago 7

IPWatchdog 2010: ABA Blawg Tops + Over 2 Million Visits

I am pleased to announce that IPWatchdog.com was selected by the readers of the ABA Journal as their favorite IP Law blog for 2010 ABA. I am …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 6

Copyright Trolls: The Meaner Stepsister of Patent Trolls

Copyright trolls are a relatively new beast, and it’s hard to nail down a definition, so I’m just going to fall back on the immortal …
By Beth Hutchens
10 years ago 22

IPWatchdog.com Chosen as one of the ABA Journal’s Top 100

I am pleased to announce that the Editors of the ABA Journal yesterday announced they have selected IPWatchdog.com as one of the top 100 best law blogs …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 8

Trademark Collective Marks: Trademarking the Tea Party?

While Tea Partiers generally oppose federal government intervention, a U.S. judge has agreed to referee a dispute among Florida political activists that questions whether anyone has …
By Beth Hutchens
10 years ago 2

Trademark Tarnishment: Trademark Law’s Dirty Little Secret

Dilution by blurring slowly whittles away at a trademark's distinctiveness whereas dilution by tarnishment is an attack on the reputation and positive image of a mark. Here’…
By Beth Hutchens
10 years ago 1

Trademark Double Dog Dare: Do Your Rendition Of Tarzan Yell

Did you know that the Tarzan yell is a registered trademark? So is the Looney Tunes theme song. And Homer Simpson’s “D’oh!” Trademarking a sound …
By Beth Hutchens
10 years ago 7