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Federal Circuit Rules for Crocs on Appeal in ITC Patent Dispute By Sharona Hakimi – Edited by Steven Primeaux Crocs, Inc. v. ITC, Appeal 2008-1596 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 24, 2010) Slip Opinion On February 24, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a patent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission concerning Crocs shoes. In what has become a trend in high-profile design patent cases, Judge Rader provided guidance on claim construction and the ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 1 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sharona Hakimi EU Court Advisor Supports Google Keyword Searches in Trademark Suit On September 22, Reuters reported that an advocate general to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, stated that Google did not infringe trademark rights of luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Google sells keywords that use the company’s trademarks, but Advocate General Poiares Maduro concluded that trademark protections do not extend to search advertising keywords because they are not considered a product sold to ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 5 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sharona Hakimi WTO Finds China’s Media Laws Violate International Trade Laws On August 12, Ars Technica and the New York Times reported that the World Trade Organization ruled against China in a complaint by the United States regarding China’s limitation on imports of songs, movies, and books. The Chinese laws constituting trade violations require that many forms of imported media must be distributed by a single, state-owned company. The laws also limit foreign ownership of Chinese media companies and ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 15 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sharona Hakimi Amazon Threatened with Class Action for Remotely Deleting Orwell E-books on Kindles On July 20, MediaPost News reported that the law firm KamberEdelson is readying a class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers against Amazon for removing George Orwell books on owners’ Kindles. Amazon remotely deleted the e-books from users after discovering that the company that added them to the online catalog did not have rights to the books. Amazon did issue refunds to the owners, but ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 24 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
RIAA wins overwhelming copyright and sanctions victory against Usenet.com By Sharona Hakimi – Edited by Anthony Kammer Arista Records LLC v. Usenet.com, Inc., June 30, 2009, No. 07 Civ. 8822 Opinion On June 30, 2009, a New York District Court granted summary judgment for the Recording Artist Association of America (RIAA) in its case against Usenet.com.  Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York held the website liable for direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement.  Additionally, Judge Baer ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 9 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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