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Trademark Protection for Your Brand Merchandise in the Age of Copycats, Counterfeits, and Fakes

Posted in IP, Trademark Law

With live events cancelled during the pandemic, content creators are increasingly dependent on merchandise sales.  Creators from podcasters to YouTubers to musicians are reliant on merch to bolster their revenue and their brands.  Subscribers stuck at home are watching more video and listening to more podcasts and music.  Apart from advertising and sponsorships, merch is… Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Continues to Nix Financial Patents

Posted in Patent Law

Patents covering software for use in the financial industry are increasingly being invalidated by the courts. Because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), district courts are holding these patents invalid on the grounds that they are unpatentable abstract ideas, and the Federal Circuit Court… Continue Reading

Vicarious Liability Under the Lanham Act: The Amazon Affiliate Case

Posted in Copyright Law

In a sensible decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Amazon.com Inc. is not vicariously liable for copyright infringement based upon the conduct of its Associates who use copyrighted photos without permission on their linked websites. This decision is particularly important because there are an increasing number of “copyright trolls” patrolling various… Continue Reading