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The Effect of The Brexit (UK Departure from EU) on IP Rights

In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the combined electorates of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted in favor of the United Kingdom, and consequently Gibraltar, leaving the European Union...

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Author: Dennis S. Prahl | Category: , , | Tags: , , ,

CALIFORNIA DISTRICT COURT PUTS BABY IN A CORNER

In the United States, federal laws take precedence over state law and common law causes of action where there is an overlap. This lesson was recently learned again in Lions Gate Entertainment Inc v TD Ameritrade Services Co, where the Central...

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Authors: Dennis S. Prahl, Matthew D. Asbell | Co-Author: Dongfang “Maggie” Wang(王东芳) | Category: , | Tags: , ,

新形势下的域名管理策略

无论是在企业内部还是外部事务所,传统意义上的知识产权管理通常是指对商标、版权和专利的管理。然而,域名作为知识产权管理的一部分已经越来越受到企业的重视。如果企业的商标和...

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Author: Kevin Thompson | Category: , | Tags: , ,

DISPARAGING TRADEMARKS: THE SKIN-NY ON THE SLANTS

When a trademark disparages identifiable groups of persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act [1. 15 U.S.C. §1052(a).] bars its registration. This provision has been in the Act since it was written, but...

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Author: Dennis S. Prahl | Co-Author: Matthew D. Asbell | Category: , | Tags: , , , ,

THE ESSENTIALS OF DOMAIN NAME MANAGEMENT FOR COMPANIES

In the traditional scheme of intellectual property, companies tend to manage their trademark, copyright, and patent portfolios, whether in house or through outside counsel. However, it has become increasingly essential for companies to treat domain...

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Author: Dennis S. Prahl | Category: | Tags:

ALTHOUGH HEALTHY HEMP MAY DO MANY THINGS, IT DOES NOT FUNCTION AS A TRADEMARK

In a non-precedential decision in In re French Meadow Organic Bakery LLC, Serial No 86243820 (February 4 2016), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held that HEALTHY HEMP was merely descriptive of “bakery goods; breads; tortillas; all of...

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