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It wasn’t a “clean slate” before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the owner of the trademark. The appeals court affirmed the ruling of the lower court dismissing a case and Warner Bros. over the use of the term “clean slate” in the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In 2012, Warner Bros.
Back in the old days these disputes were settled by a heated round of Dungeons & Dragons, but not anymore. San Diego Comic Convention (“SDCC”) has filed a lawsuit against the people behind Salt Lake Comic Con (“SLCC”) for trademark infringement over the unauthorized use of the COMIC-CON mark. In the dark ages, pre Star
As the world copes with the death of a beloved actor and comedian many people are seeking solace in the loss of Robin Williams by buying his films but there has also been a huge increase in piracy. Sales of Robin Williams movies have soared over the last few days. As of this morning, 12
Sometimes you have to wonder what some defendants are thinking. Warner Bros. has filed a suit for trademark infringement against a person operating a series of websites and social media accounts used to sell merchandise bearing trademarks from the television show, Dallas. From 1978 until 1991, Dallas was a primetime soap opera that told the story
It wasn’t a good day to be a superhero in New York and it’s not because alien invaders attacked. In an update to the story below, the crackdown of unlicensed costumed characters in Times Square has begun. Over the weekend, police arrested Spider-Man, Elmo and not one but two people dressed as Iron Man….neither of them
In a crushing defeat that may change college sports as we know it, on Friday a California federal court ruled that the NCAA ban of basketball and football players from being paid for the use of their likeness and names violates antitrust laws. For years, college players while technically not being paid by either the
When gearing up to put a new movie into production, most companies register the trademarks associated with the project in any classes where they think they might distribute merchandise. Besides protecting their intellectual property, the registrations also show us which movies are in the pipeline. If the flurry of trademark registrations are correct Marvel is
This is one strange “tail” that sounds like a scenario fit only for a law school final exam essay. Generally, the person who takes a photograph is the owner of the copyright to that photograph, but what if the photo was taken by an animal? Who owns the copyright? David Slater is a British wildlife
If you have any “Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection” sitting around in a liquor cabinet, you may want to hold onto it as a collector’s item. Yesterday, a New York State judge, permanently enjoined Diageo from distributing the scotch as it is too similar to New York’s famed The Explorers Club. The Explorers Club, Inc.