(Case analysis: Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC v. Ren Ventures Ltd., N.D. Cal., No. 17-7249, 4/24/18) To assert a successful infringement claim relative to a mark that has arguably never been used as a source identifier for “real world” products, and which has not been actively promoted for nearly 40 years, is a challenge most trademark lawyers
In this two-part IP Enforcement v-log, we talk about the implication of earlier company name rights and the possibility to rely on unfair competition law when the claimant has no earlier trademark rights. To illustrate this topic, we will use the Hard Rock Cafe – case in Germany. A second v-log will follow, highlighting another key takeaway
Back by popular demand – this year’s survey includes questions on: best practice for creating and clearing trademarks; trends in online infringements of trademarks; and changes to trademark filing strategies as a result of the Brexit referendum. The resulting report will be sent to all survey participants in May 2017. The survey should take less
While the UK Court of Appeal has opened the door for broadband ISP blocking to combat trademark or copyright-infringing activities (see our earlier report ), the picture in the United States, China and Hong Kong is more complex. “‘It is, it is a glorious thing, to be a Pirate King,’ said W.S. Gilbert: but he was speaking
In the second Vlog of the IP Enforcement Series we report on another recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union which deals with the relationship between infringement and parallel opposition proceedings. The decision demonstrates how they can take quite different paths. Click here to watch our short V-log.