March 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday held in a 7-2 decision that a ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) may be sufficient to establish issue preclusion in a patent dispute. The case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. centers around the similarity of a trademark ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et. al. that whether two trademarks may be tacked together for purposes of determining priority is a question for the jury, not the court. The court stated that arguments made by petitioner in support of the view ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. the court heard arguments on (1) whether the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's (TTAB) finding of a likelihood of confusion precludes Hargis from relitigating that issue in ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The US Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday announced that it will cancel six trademark registrations belonging to National Football League team the Washington Redskins. Administrative trademark judge Karen Kuhlke found that the trademarks, which include the team's name, logo and the name of ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Tuesday in Marx v. General Revenue Corp. that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d)(1) allows fees to be awarded in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) even if the suit was brought in good faith. Petitioner Olivea Marx had a student loan debt through EdFund, ...[read more]
November 8, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. The issue in the first case, Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., was whether a federal court has Article III jurisdiction over a party's challenge to the validity of a trademark if the owner of the trademark has agreed not to sue the ...[read more]
December 20, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled on Monday for Apple on a patent complaint against HTC for infringing its "data tapping" patents. The USITC found that HTC had violated section 337 of the Tarriff Act of 1930 by infringing on some of the claims of patent nos. 5,946,647, 6,343,263, ...[read more]
November 21, 2011
by Jerry Votava
Philip Morris Asia Ltd. (PMA) on Monday initiated legal proceedings on behalf of its Australian subsidiary Philip Morris Ltd. against the Australian government to block new plain package labeling requirements for tobacco products set to go into effect in December 2012. The company is also seeking ...[read more]
April 2, 2010
by Patrice Collins
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that Internet auction house eBay is not required to actively monitor its website for the sale of counterfeit goods. The decision comes in a case brought by jeweler Tiffany & Company, alleging that eBay diluted its trademark by ...[read more]
September 22, 2009
by Matt Glenn
Google's AdWords, a system that causes advertisements to be shown alongside natural search results on Google, does not violate EU trademark law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said in an advisory opinion Tuesday. AdWords allows advertisers, for a fee, to select keywords that, when ...[read more]

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