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Dumb Starbucks Prank Sparks a Tangle of Legal Concerns
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Last weekend, Los Angeles residents stood in line to taste free coffee at a new coffee shop in town: “Dumb Starbucks.” The stunt was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder. Although short-lived—the shop was shut down by the Los Angeles Health Department for operating without a health permit—Dumb Starbucks coffee shop has drawn considerable attention and raised an array of legal issues.

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Posted On Feb - 15 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

U.K. High Court finds that Zynga’s Scramble does not infringe on Mattel’s trademarked Scrabble
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Jennifer Wong

J.W. Spear & Sons v. Zynga Inc.

The England and Wales High Court of Justice, Chancery Division held that infringement of Scrabble’s trademarked name did not occur when Zynga titled its games “Scramble” and “Scramble with Friends.” It also held that the word “Scramble” was used to refer to games of that type and therefore did not infringe on Mattel’s trademark of that word. However, the court also expressed concern that the “Scramble” logo created a likelihood of confusion because of its design.

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Posted On Nov - 13 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The TTAB’s Dangerous Dismissal of ‘Doubt’

Written By: Charles Colman, Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law

Edited By: Elise Young

On September 30, 2013, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board[1] issued a troubling decision in In re Bottega Veneta Int’l S.a.r.l. Viewed in a broader context, the decision reflects the Board’s growing reluctance to apply the doctrine of “aesthetic functionality” in ex parte prosecution proceedings to bar the issuance of potentially anticompetitive trade-dress registrations.

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Posted On Nov - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By James Grace

Hershey’s Opposes Mars’ Attempt to Register a Snickers’ Cross-Section as a Design Mark

Medtronic v. Boston Scientific – Oral Argument

Proposed Tweak to Law Would Pull Shield From Generic-Drug Makers

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Posted On Nov - 10 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Britain’s Court of Appeal Rejects Cadbury’s Trademark Application for Color Purple
By Anton Ziajka – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. v. Cadbury UK Ltd.

The Britain Court of Appeals held that Cadbury’s purple color mark did not qualify as a trade mark under the Trade Marks Directive of 2008, since the impugned mark did not constitute “a sign” that is “graphically represented.” To allow registration of the trademark with such vagueness, the Court noted, would offend both “the principle[s] of certainty…[and] of fairness.”

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Posted On Oct - 11 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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