USSC to Rule on Disparaging Marks

The  United States Supreme Court, unsurprisingly, has granted cert in the Lee v. Tam case, concerning the issue of disparaging trademarks. This case involves the Asian-American band "The Slants".  The band sought to register the name as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which refused to do …

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Evoking or Infringing? Thicke Seeks DJ against Gaye Estate

Last week, Robin Thicke was among several plaintiffs who "reluctantly" (you don't often see that word used in a complaint like this) filed a declaratory judgment action against defendants including Marvin Gaye estate seeking a determination that Thicke's hit song, Blurred Lines, does not infringe Gaye's Got to …

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Sharing Allison’s Friday Note – Indiana Sports Corp

Today’s post is an article from Allison Melangton, President of the Indiana Sports Corporation. Allison describes better than anyone how sports can provide vital connections in a community, between and among fans and also those less directly connected with sports.  Read on (and keep a tissue handy).  …

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Sports Circle Indy Forms Board of Directors

adobe acrobat reader downloadp>Since its initial event in late 2011, the founders of Sports Circle Indy have been hard at work putting together a Board of Directors and organizing member events for the year.  The Board consists of Ken Ungar (U/S Sports Advisors), Amie Peele Carter (Faegre Baker Daniels), Ralph …

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Is Tattoo Removal a Cure for Copyright Infringement?

Tatttoo artist S. Victor Whitmill (Whitmill) tried to stop Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (WB) from releasing the film The Hangover II last weekend.  Whitmill claimed that WB's use of the tattoo Whitmill allegedly created for the first Hangover film in this new release violated his copyright in the …

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What Professional Athletes can Learn from Lady Gaga

download word for mac p>I wrote an article recently for the Sports Litigation Alert about secondary branding in sports. Here is an excerpt from the article, titled What Every Pro Athlete can Learn from Lady Gaga: the Importance of Secondary Branding: Lady Gaga’s lyrics and commentary are designed to eradicate …

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