On Saturday, a mere three days after the historic Supreme Court decision holding that its service infringes on television stations content, Aereo “paused” its Internet television streaming service. A letter from CEO and founder, Chet Kanojia, appeared on Aereo’s website stating that the company was halting operations and would refund users their last month of payments for
We are lucky Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons does not wear these outfits. The owners of the Tilted Kilt chain of restaurants is claiming that a South Carolina golf club is ripping off their trademarked name and even the scantily clad look of their waitresses. Tilted Kilt is a franchise of over 90 restaurants across
In a decision that just came down, the Supreme Court held that Aereo, Inc. violates copyright laws by streaming television programs to Internet viewers without paying any licensing fee. The decision effectively closes the doors of Aereo. Aereo allows its subscribers to stream live television through its website and smartphone app. Each subscriber, in effect,
It’s time for another cool, refreshing trademark registration fight. Anheuser-Busch, the beer giant behind many brands of beers including its Natural Light brand aka Natty Light has opposed a brewery’s attempt to register its Natty Greene’s brand trademark saying that the marks are confusing. Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, LLC is a smaller brewing company with
Time to take a trip back to the late 1980’s today, the days of Hulk Hogan and Masters of the Universe and a cross between the two: M.U.S.C.L.E. toys. I hope someone will remember these things because I had them and loved them. Mattel, Inc. has opposed a nostalgia toy company’s attempt to register the
Pirated Thoughts and I am featured in a new column on Nerdular discussing the rise of intellectual property issues in “nerd culture”. You can read all about it here.
Hot off its highest rated …and most pirated episode ever, “Game of Thrones” has been crowned the king of cable television shows but The Walking Dead executive Gale Ann Hurd, who is staunchly against piracy, has a bone to pick with Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes who called piracy an aid to boost television subscriptions.
On Wednesday, June 18 the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided in the case Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc. and cancelled 6 federal trademark registrations containing the term “Redskins”. The trademarks were cancelled because they were deemed disparaging to Native Americans. Read the full decision here. Pro
When you are as iconic as Katz Delicatessen in New York City you can bet that everyone who can put pastrami in between two slices of bread will try to emulate you. Emulation is fine as long as those doing the emulating are not using your name and protected trademark. Earlier this year, we wrote
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t need Dr. Watson to help solve this case. Yesterday, the appeals court affirmed the decision detailed below finding that indeed the substantial elements of the Sherlock Holmes novels are in the public domain. Most of Sir Author Conan Doyle’s works were published before 1923 and therefore are in the