Posts Tagged: deceptive trade practices


Eight Circuit Reverses Finding that Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Trademarks are Valid

On Friday, November 2nd, the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a decision in Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. v. Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc., et. al. …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 0

House Subcommittees Hold Hearing on China’s Predatory Trade, Investment Strategy

The day’s hearing featured discussion of actions the U.S. government should be taking in order to counter deceptive trade practices pursued by the Chinese government, …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Influx of Trademark Applications at the USPTO Subsidized by Chinese Government, Include Doctored Product Images

According to Eric Perrott, a trademark and copyright attorney with Gerben Law Firm, chatter among U.S. trademark officials and attorneys regarding the increase of potentially fraudulent …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 2

China Acquires Nineteenth Century U.S. Patent Models for Traveling Innovation Museum

In recent weeks we've learned that U.S. patent models are beginning to find a new audience in China’s growing inventor class. The Chinese expect the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Canada’s National IP Strategy Stoking Fears About Patent Trolls

The strategy also includes legislative changes to ensure ethical standards among patent and trademark agents and to “remove barriers to innovation, particularly any loopholes that allow those …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 7

China Reorganizes SIPO, Gives It Authority Over Trademark and Geographical Indications

Among the many bureaucratic changes that resulted from the amendments to the Chinese Constitution included the integration of trademark responsibilities with the other intellectual property activities of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Warner Bros. settles FTC charges over deceptive YouTube influencer campaign marketing of video game

The FTC filed a complaint against Warner Bros. for violating provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act by making payments to prominent members of YouTube for positive …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

A Trademark Lawsuit ‘Lager’ Than Life 

The Lumbee Tribe’s lawsuit alleges trademark infringement, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices for Anheuser-Busch’s use of the tribe’s HERITAGE, PRIDE & STRENGTH slogan and …

Oracle Settles FTC Charges of Deception About Java Updates

Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Oracle has agreed to settle charges that it deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Leason Ellis Continues to Fight Deceptive Trademark Practices

n a memorandum decision handed down July 2, 2014, by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, most of the plaintiff claims in case 7:13…

SCOTUS: FDA Regulations No Bar to Lanham Act Claims

The Supreme Court reversed a decision from the Ninth Circuit that held that within the realm of labeling for food and beverages, a Lanham Act claim asserting …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

Android Flashlight App Developer Settles FTC Charges It Deceived Consumers

The creator of one of the most popular apps for Android mobile devices has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the free app, which allows …

FTC Settles Deceptive Environmental Claims for Mattresses

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders in three cases involving allegedly deceptive environmental claims for mattresses. The FTC’s …

FTC Cracks Down on Misleading Environmental Marketing Claims

The Federal Trade Commission today announced six enforcement actions, including one that imposes a $450,000 civil penalty and five that for the first time address biodegradable plastic claims, …

FTC Stops Deceptive “Made in America” Claims

Under the proposed order, the company is prohibited from claiming that any product is made in the United States unless that product is all or virtually all …