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    Sad Raiders Fan Tries To Keep Team In Oakland By Squatting On Trademark

    Sports fans trying things that cannot possibly work.

    32 Comments / / Jan 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM
  • RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 19: James Hetfiled from Metallica performs at 2015 Rock in Rio on September 19, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images)

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Trademarks

    Metallica Banishes Biglaw Partner Over Misguided Cease-And-Desist Letter

    Which Biglaw firm is facing this metal band’s wrath?

    49 Comments / / Jan 15, 2016 at 3:29 PM
  • Sorry, Miss Colombia... (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.23.15

    * It’s the Miss Universe pageant lawsuit you’ve all been waiting for: attorneys at a Colombian law firm say they will be filing suit due to Miss Colombia’s crowning and de-crowning, noting “the crown is an acquired right that cannot be taken away from us.” [WGNO]

    * The Federal Circuit handed down a major ruling yesterday, saying that the government can no longer bar the registration of offensive trademarks due to restrictions on free speech. This will likely be appealed to SCOTUS, but the Redskins must be pretty pumped. [Reuters]

    * In an effort to avoid another Kim Davis fiasco (and to protect clerks’ religious beliefs), Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed an executive order directing that his state prepare new marriage licenses without the names of county clerks. [Associated Press]

    * Lil Wayne may be a “motherf**kin’ cash money millionaire,” but he reportedly can’t spare the cash to pay his attorneys’ fees. This marks the second time in recent months that he’s been sued for allegedly failing to pay his lawyers what they’re owed. [SPIN]

    * Lakeisha Holloway, the woman accused of using her car to mow down and kill a pedestrian and injure many others on the Las Vegas Strip, has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. [NBC News]

    38 Comments / / Dec 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • Donald Trump  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.17.15

    * Donald Trump has been having a rollicking good time on the campaign trail as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, but he may have to take a break to testify in a trademark dispute over “Trump Your Competition.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It seems that Venable has been dragged into a huge Facebook stock scam, and thanks to a former partner’s alleged conduct, the Biglaw firm is now being accused of assisting a con man in a $11.3 million fraud related to the social media giant’s initial public offering. [New York Post]

    * The Obama administration has finally made a move in the SCOTUS case filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska seeking to overturn legal weed in Colorado. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli thinks the justices would have to be high to even entertain it. [Reuters]

    * Trinity Western Law grads were previously banned from practicing law in British Columbia, Canada, due to the Christian school forcing students to sign abstinence pledges, but because of this recent ruling, the tides have turned. [NewBostonPost]

    * “This will not be the end of the road for solitary confinement reform, but we really think it’s a watershed moment.” Thanks to a $62M settlement, New York will be changing the way it deals with solitary confinement in state prisons. [New York Times]

    * After finding out that Justice Scalia was rejected from two of his top-choice schools, the ABA Journal wants you to reflect on your own rejections and acceptances. Where did you apply to law school, and where did you decide to go? Let us know. [ABA Journal]

    39 Comments / / Dec 17, 2015 at 8:54 AM
  • President Trump? (Dominick Reuter/Reuters)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.14.15

    * Donald Trump has opinions on Supreme Court justices. He thinks that Roberts is “disgraceful,” that Scalia was “very tough” on black students, and that he loves Thomas. Perhaps he should take a cue from his favorite justice and shut up. [CNN; Associated Press]

    * An easy peasy solution? Rather than amend the Constitution, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says that he’ll just appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn the decision in the Obergefell case because he thinks that gay marriage is “bad law.” [ThinkProgress]

    * Gibson Dunn has billed about $8 million to defend New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal thus far, so here’s a thought: perhaps you should show your hard-working associates some appreciation and announce bonuses already. [Fox News]

    * Taylor Swift filed trademark applications for five signature phrases (Swiftmas, Blank Space, And I’ll Write Your Name, A Girl Named Girl, and 1989). If you infringe upon any of them, you can expect that she’ll be writing your name — on a lawsuit. [USA Today]

    * Braeden Anderson, the Seton Hall law student and ball player who divides his time between the courtroom and the basketball court, has had one hell of a 1L year. When he graduates, this extremely lucky guy may have a job — with the NBA. [New York Times]

    29 Comments / / Dec 14, 2015 at 8:52 AM
  • Expression WTF!" (what the fuck?) written on a slate

    Quote of the Day, Trademarks

    Holy F*ck! This Appellate Opinion Is So F*cking Obscene!

    Here’s an opinion that’ll leave you saying, “WTF?!”

    24 Comments / / Oct 20, 2015 at 11:45 AM
  • zEPXOX0


    No, Making Fun Of Donald Trump’s Stupid Red Hat Isn’t Trademark Infringement

    Intellectual property really isn’t that hard to understand…

    27 Comments / / Oct 9, 2015 at 10:15 AM
  • trademark

    Sexism, Trademarks

    The Best Legal Analysis Of ‘Poontang’ Ever Briefed

    Trademark cases can make for some goofy briefs.

    41 Comments / / Oct 7, 2015 at 2:40 PM
  • US china flags

    China, Trademarks

    Register Your Trademarks In China, And Then Do It Again With China Customs

    A trademark registration alone will not limit the spread of counterfeit goods; it merely gives you the legal capacity to enforce your rights to that mark.

    / Aug 17, 2015 at 10:08 AM
  • Passed out


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.06.15

    * A reminder to stay safe when you watch the GOP debates tonight — drinking games can seriously jeopardize your health. [Raw Story]

    * The Washington NFL team has filed a notice of appeal to the Fourth Circuit over their canceled trademark registrations as they move their failure off the field and into the courts. [Bloomberg BNA]

    * Penn State unveils a new logo. Critics call it a “hypnotized dog looking at cupcakes,” but it actually looks more like the vacant stare of someone who has seen something but refuses to tell authorities about it. [TaxProf Blog]

    * How to take good notes. Apparently, “actually take notes” is the first step. Good to know. [Survive Law]

    * Congrats to occasional Legal Cheek blogger Amy Woolfson on her Harvard Law scholarship. Welcome to our side of the pond. [Legal Cheek]

    * Dumb people can get ripped off on Craigslist. And not just when you take a “JD required” job as a catsitter. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Understand the tax implications of your student loan forgiveness program. [Lawyerist]

    7 Comments / / Aug 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • George W Bush George Bush


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.15

    * George W. Bush shows up for jury duty. Sadly he wasn’t empaneled, which was a real shame for the prosecutors because you know he doesn’t need actual evidence to make bold decisions. [ABC News]

    * Oops. Top Rand Paul operatives indicted. Jesus, Trump really is going to win this campaign, isn’t he? (skip to the next page to read the whole indictment). [National Journal]

    * Here’s a clever way to get out of a traffic stop: call in a nearby murder. [Legal Juice]

    * Performance-enhancing drugs are becoming a scourge in… eSports. Apparently getting really twisted on Adderall and playing StarCraft II for money is a thing. Well, pack it in everyone. We had a good run, human civilization. [The Legal Geeks]

    * “A wealthy oligarchy of donors is dominating the 2016 election.” Not true. Based on the polls it’s dominated by an oligarchy of one. [Election Law Blog]

    * Approximately 1.2 million New Yorkers have open arrest warrants. That… seems like a lot. Probably time to do something like this to restore sanity. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Partner Emeritus has thoughts on summer associates. [What About Clients?]

    * “Pay your f**king bill… don’t be a f**king shlub.” [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Lex Machina is offering a free trial to its news Trademark Litigation Update newsletter. [Lex Machina]

    15 Comments / / Aug 5, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • US china flags

    China, Trademarks

    Talk To Michael Jordan, Not Michael Bastian, About China Trademarks

    If you want to protect your brand in China, there’s only one thing to do: file a trademark application in China now, before someone else does it for you.

    / Aug 3, 2015 at 10:06 AM
  • The holy sacrament?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.09.15

    * According to Justice Jeanette Theriot Knoll of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the SCOTUS decision in Obergefell was not only “horrific,” but it was also “a complete and unnecessary insult to the people of Louisiana.” Gee, tell us how you really feel. [Slate]

    * The First Church of Cannabis filed a discrimination suit against Indiana and Indianapolis, claiming laws against marijuana use and possession are infringing upon its members’ beliefs. We’re sTOKEd to see the outcome here. [Indianapolis Star]

    * In case you missed it yesterday, a federal judge upheld the TTAB’s prior ruling on the Washington Redskins’ name, and ordered that the team’s trademark registrations be canceled. The team is going for a Hail Mary at the Fourth Circuit. [Washington Post]

    * Ex-associate Elina Chechelnitsky’s sexual harassment and gender bias lawsuit against McElroy Deutsch, filled with allegations of better bonuses for men and creepy flirtations, was settled out of court. You go, girl. [New Jersey Law Journal via ABA Journal]

    * Crowell & Moring recently dropped a suit against a former client that had allegedly failed to pay almost one million dollars in legal fees. There’s no word on whether the conflict was ever resolved, but if it wasn’t, it’s nice to see the firm isn’t hurting for cash. [Legal Times]

    9 Comments / / Jul 9, 2015 at 9:05 AM
  • Game of Loans

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.04.15

    * If you’re having trouble making payments on your law school debt, don’t fall prey to a loan-relief scam. You may already be six figures in the hole, but you should take this quiz to see if you’re about to lose your shirt — yet again. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * For the second time in two years, the ABA will reconsider whether law students should be able to receive pay for credit-bearing externships. Come on already, give these people a chance to make a buck before they graduate. [National Law Journal]

    * Here’s an important memo for Judge Mark Fuller of the Middle District of Alabama: Just so you know, if you don’t resign on August 1 as promised, the House Judiciary Committee is probably going to bring impeachment proceedings against you. HTH. [Daily Report]

    * It’s not a merger (yet), they’re just “exploring synergies”: Albany Law School and SUNY Albany will affiliate in order to help students from both schools. Check out the memo, complete with an exploding fellowship offer for new students. [Albany Business Review]

    * Vice is suing a small business named Virtue Marketing, alleging trademark infringement. Apparently the media company’s in-house marketing agency is also called Virtue. Hey, Vice, just change the name to Greed and you’ll be set. [THR, Esq. / Hollywood Reporter]

    12 Comments / / Jun 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • 1273812524587875657

    Copyright, Trademarks

    Fad Flashback: Eighties Toy Dispute Pits Cuddly Against Crude

    Thirty years ago this month, the Topps Company released Garbage Pail Kids, a series of trading cards/stickers designed to parody Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. Both induced mania in the 1980s, made their companies millions, then almost in tandem, lost their mass appeal. But before the madness stopped, the Kids met in court, where a judge determined whether the Garbage Pail Kids infringed Cabbage Patch Kids intellectual property.

    0 Comments / / May 29, 2015 at 3:43 PM
  • Howard Dean (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.22.15

    * Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn’t the only politician who will be joining Dentons. After Dentons completes a merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge, former DNC Chair Howard Dean will also be working for the largest law firm in the world. YEEEAAAH! [The Intercept]

    * Now that New York has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, other states are considering it. Hurry up, because the UBE will “break down the long persistent barriers that keep lawyers from moving” — which isn’t a bad thing. [National Law Journal]

    * In half a century of reproductive and gay rights cases, it’s worth noting that “arguments based on a right to privacy have tended to weaken and crack; arguments based on equality have grown only stronger.” Let’s see what SCOTUS does in June. [The New Yorker]

    * All six of the Baltimore police officers who were arrested following the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted on homicide and assault charges. Despite the fact there’s now an indictment, the officers’ lawyers are calling the prosecution’s case weak. [New York Times]

    * “Can you #trademark a #hashtag?” It’s somewhat of a tricky issue for people who are trying to register their marks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but these attorneys from IP powerhouse Morrison & Foerster have a pretty good explanation. []

    31 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 8:31 AM
  • Marilyn J. Mosby (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.04.15

    * This past Friday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the gavel on the police officers who were allegedly involved in the death of Freddie Gray. Here are seven interesting facts you need to know about this “certified badass.” [New York Magazine]

    * Which law school placed the most graduates from the class of 2014 into full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage was required that weren’t school-funded? Stop. Before you say Columbia Law, you’re wrong for the first time in years. [National Law Journal]

    * Indiana Tech, the little law school that couldn’t, received a recommendation against accreditation from the ABA on its first try. Not to worry, because law school officials say this is just a “minor setback” for all 59 of its students. ::sad trombone:: [News-Sentinel]

    * “You are not doing that here.” Tough titty: Kelly Noe, one of the Ohio women challenging the same-sex marriage ban in her state before the Supreme Court, was yelled at by a security guard for breastfeeding her baby outside the high court. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

    * If you’re hoping to register a “smutty” or “immoral” trademark, then you may be able to get what you want if this Federal Circuit opinion comes down your way. We’ll soon see if a ban on these offensive trademarks violates the First Amendment. [Corporate Counsel]

    29 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs, Uncategorized

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.01.15

    * If you think the federal government is preparing a military takeover of Texas… you might be a redneck. And you might also be Governor Greg Abbott. [Forbes]

    * Elie says it’s time to end the expansive powers of arrest, for the good of everyone. [New York Daily News]

    * Most of the 2016 presidential hopefuls are breaking the law. It’s good practice for if they win. [LFC 360]

    * Not to dismiss the important point made in this article about substandard housing and the dangers of lead paint, but I think there may be other lessons to learn from Freddie Gray. [Washington Post]

    * Satanic Temples are taking this RFRA thing and running with it. [Jezebel]

    * Over in the EU, Louis Vuitton failed to win back the trademark it claims on its checkerboard pattern. [Fashionista]

    * I’ve not read this yet, but here’s a collection of Legal Notices To Superheroes. Per the description, “A Letter to Superman from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services” has a lot of promise. [Amazon (affiliate link)]

    * And remember to vote for the winner of the 2015 ATL Law Revue contest. Voting concludes Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST. [Above the Law]

    13 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM