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Using a Competitor’s Trademark as a Keyword for AdWords is Not Trademark Infringement

1-800 Contacts, Inc. v. Lens.com, Inc.
By Casey Holzapfel – Edited by Michelle Sohn

The Tenth Circuit held that using a competitor’s trademark as a keyword to activate sponsored links in Google is not trademark infringement, affirming the lower court’s summary judgment that Lens.com was not liable for misdirecting customers to click on links to Lens.com after searching for the phrase “1-800 Contacts.”


Posted On Jul - 30 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

USM Judgment Vacated: Tucker Act Forces Move of Trade Secrets Case to Court of Federal Claims

United States Marine Inc. v. United States
By Jonathan Sapp – Edited by Elise Young

The Federal Circuit affirmed the Fifth Circuit’s ruling, transferring a defense contractor’s trade secrets claim to the Court of Federal Claims. In affirming the Fifth Circuit ruling, the court determined that the plaintiff’s case was predicated on a breach of contract claim and relied on the Tucker Act, which gave the Court of Federal Claims exclusive jurisdiction.


Posted On Jul - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Simon Heimowitz

First Amendment Protects Peer-Reviewed Publication Regarding Competitor’s Product

Second Circuit Affirms Finding of No Material Mistake in Wiretap Application Against Raj Rajaratnam

High Damages in Peer-to-Peer Distribution Suit Affirmed as Statutory, Not Punitive


Posted On Jul - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Twitter Releases Users’ Identities to French Authorities After Tough Legal Battles
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

Twitter, traditionally a stalwart opponent of government surveillance requests, released to French prosecutors the identities of users who had tweeted anti-Semitic comments in violation of France’s hate speech laws. The social media giant’s capitulation follows a series of legal battles over the issue, including a $50 million lawsuit for failing to provide the information.


Posted On Jul - 21 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

E-book Conspiracy: Apple’s Agreement with Publishers Violates Antitrust Laws

United States v. Apple
By Elise Young – Edited by Gillian Kassner

On July 10, 2013, the Southern District of New York held that Apple played a central role in a conspiracy among major publishers to “eliminate retail price competition” in the e-book market. The court ruled that Apple was per se liable for violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act, finding “overwhelming evidence that the Publisher Defendants joined with each other in a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy” in which “Apple was a knowing and active member.”


Posted On Jul - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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