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General Intellectual Property Trademark Law

So You Think You Can Trademark?

Because most folks are unclear about what a trademark actually is or how it can help protect your business and because not a week goes by that someone doesn’t call me with a great idea they want to “trademark” I thought I would draft a quick basic guide to trademark that should address the most […]

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Copyright Law Fashion Law General Intellectual Property Trademark Law

California Shoe Designer Karen Kell Accuses Urban Outfitters of Stealing Her Shoe Design

Shoe designer Karen Kell (KK) issued a “cease and desist” letter through her lawyers today to national retailer Urban Outfitters (UO) accusing them of stealing her latest shoe design. The letter demands that UO immediately pull the shoes off the shelf or face litigation. A copy of the letter accompanies this press release. KK first […]

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Copyright Law Entertainment Law General Intellectual Property Litigation Trademark Law

Courts Denounce Copyright Lawsuits Based Solely On IP Address

Common sense is finally coming to copyright troll lawsuits. As I have reported on before here on this site, the adult film industry has been filing lawsuits all around the country against folks whose IP address was registered to them when that IP address was used to download a pornographic movie. Where the plaintiff did […]

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Fashion Law Intellectual Property Litigation Trademark Law

Louis Vuitton Wins Big in Knock-Off Case That Awarded Attorney’s Fees On Top of Statutory Damages

Famed handbag maker and design house stalwart Louis Vuitton won a major victory yesterday in the Second Circuit, the Federal Appeals court covering cases arising out of New York, Connecticut and Vermont. In a potentially game-changing decision, Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. LY, USA Inc. et al , the court settled an unclear issue in […]

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Copyright Law General Intellectual Property Trademark Law

Battle over a Banana as the Velvet Underground Sues over Iconic Album Cover

The record that launched 10,000 rock bands is at the heart of a new lawsuit filed Wednesday by legendary rock band the Velvet Underground.The band, which emerged from the late ’60s avant garde New York scene, released their debut album “The Velvet Underground and Nico” in 1967 (the greatest year in rock history, BTW). The […]

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Fashion Law Litigation Trademark Law

Ivanka Trump Accused of Stealing Derek Lam’s Shoe Design

Imitation is the fondest form of flattery,right? So famed shoe designer Derek Lam should have been pleased that the Ivanka released a shoe that – well let’s just say it flatters Derek Lam a great deal. (picture of the two shoes is below). Lam has not sued yet, just fired off a cease and desist […]