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Constitutional Law

Whose Skyline Is It Anyway?

Looks like the Port Authority of NY and NJ which  operates many of the City’s tunnels and bridges and the World Trade Center site, has finally moved off of BridgeGate and corruption issues and to to bigger fish. Specifically Fish’s Eddy, a quirky NYC housewares store. The NY Times reports today that Port Authority Lawyer […]

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Constitutional Law

POM v. Coca-Cola Case Gets Supremes’ Attention

While the Supreme Court this week declared the good news that racism in America is over, allowing States to ban the use of affirmative action in public universities, it was also hearing arguments in a case that sounds trivial but could have a huge impact on esoteric world of food-labeling. Before POM Wonderful LLC started […]

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Constitutional Law

US Patent Office Denies Trademark Request for “RedSkin Potatoes” As Derogatory and Confusing

Last month, an examining attorney for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected a Washington State potato company’s application to trademark “Washington Redskin Potatoes,” in part because the name could be seen as derogatory to Native Americans. The ruling could mean trouble for the Washington Redskins football team, as the USPTO is […]

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Constitutional Law

NY Fed.Court: Starbucks Can’t Stop Coffeehouse from Selling “Charbucks” Coffee

Starbucks received a big legal blow last week when the Second Circuit (NY’s Federal Appeals Court) held that use of the phrase “Charbucks” by a New Hampshire coffeehouse does not dilute the “Starbucks” trademark. The Black Bear Coffee Micro Roastery in New Hampshire began marketing “Charbucks Blend” and “Mister Charbucks Coffee” in 1997 and was […]

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Copyright Law

To the Cronut Come the Trolls!

In May of this year, Chef Dominique Ansel of Dominque Ansel Bakery in Manhattan, came up with a new product that combined the laminated dough of a croissant with the shape and sweetness of a donut. He came up with and trademarked a catchy name for the item: The Cronut. Like so many things in […]