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Trade Dress Watch

Repost from Intellectual Property and Technology News (US) – Q1, 2013 By Darius C. Gambino  Trade dress protection has existed for more than a hundred years in the United States, but for a long time took a back seat to patents, trademarks and copyrights in the intellectual property pantheon. Then came the US Supreme Court … Continue Reading


By David M. Kramer The Trademark Clearinghouse, one of the key rights protection mechanisms included in ICANN’s new gTLD program, will be launching on March 26, 2013.  As the name implies, the Trademark Clearinghouse is a centralized database containing trademark data submitted by brand owners.  It is critical that brand owners submit this trademark data … Continue Reading

Women in IP Committee for the IP Law Association of Chicago’s 8th Annual Federal Judicial Panel

Erin Wright Lothson (Chicago), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Women in IP Committee for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, was in charge of the Committee’s Eighth Annual Federal Judicial Panel, which was held at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law on February 7, 2013.  Nicole Chaudhari and Tracy Zawaski (both Chicago) … Continue Reading

DC Bar’s “For the Love of Fashion: Protect Yourself” Event

Last night, we attended a DC Bar fashion law panel discussion, “For the Love of Fashion: Protect Yourself,” at Baker Hostetler in Washington DC. It was a very informative and comprehensive discussion from in-house and outside counsel, including DLA Piper’s Lisa Norton, who is Of Counsel in the Patent Prosecution group, on trademark, copyright, and patent … Continue Reading


By James Stewart Andy Deutsch, a partner in DLA Piper’s Trademark Copyright and Media practice group in the New York Office, recently won a judgment on the pleadings for Oscar-winning actress and writer Emma Thompson in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Deutsch commented to Law360 on Tuesday that, “we … Continue Reading


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) held its 24th Annual NAPABA Convention in Washington, DC from November 15 to November 18, 2012 at the JW Marriott, Washington, DC. Since its inception in 1988, NAPABA has been the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students and also the … Continue Reading

DC Office Hosts Dinner & Diversity at The Source

On Thursday evening, the Washington, DC Office’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs Radiance Harris and Thomas Zutic, who are also members of the Trademark, Copyright, and Media practice group, hosted a dinner for DLA Piper’s diverse lawyers and valued corporate counsel at The Source, the signature restaurant headlined by Chef Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum in Washington, … Continue Reading

Librarian of Congress Issues New Digital Millennium Copyright Act Exemptions

By Erin Wright Lothson The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) was passed in 1998 and makes it illegal to circumvent digital rights management protections, including software. Given the rapid pace at which technology changes, Congress also granted the Librarian of Congress the power to issue exemptions to the DMCA every three years. The latest round … Continue Reading

The “Copy” Right in Australia

By Kathryn Purcell-Hennessy (Brisbane, Australia) Introduction Internet use in Australia is widespread, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting that in 2010-11 (the latest figures available), more than 50% of Australians aged between 15 and 34 created online content and downloaded videos, movies or music. More than 68% of Australians in those age brackets listened … Continue Reading

DLA Piper Partners with The British Fashion Council to Mentor Up and Coming Designers

The eight recipients of the British Fashion Council’s (“BFC”) NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by TOPMAN, initiative were announced earlier this week. DLA Piper is partnering with the British Fashion Council to provide tailored legal and commercial advice to the designers who have been selected. The aim of the NEWGEN MEN program is to assist emerging designers … Continue Reading

DLA Piper Gathers in Schaumburg for IPT Retreat

This past weekend, over 200 DLA Piper attorneys traveled to Schaumburg, Illinois for the Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) Practice Group Conference (“Conference”). The Conference’s theme was “Celebration and Commitment.” This three-day event focused on networking across offices, celebrating the achievements of the IPT practice, and committing to goals to expand and improve the IPT … Continue Reading

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Blue Ivy Carter” Trademark Still Has Chance

Media outlets have been buzzing over the purported denial of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s BLUE IVY CARTER trademark.  On October 16, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) granted a federal registration to Veronica Morales, a Boston-based wedding planner, for the trademark BLUE IVY (U.S. Registration No. 4224833) covering event planning services. Morales, who claims … Continue Reading


By Tom Zutic Members of our DC Trademark Group, Tom Zutic, Eunice Chung, Greg Esau and Maria Updegrove, met with Kosuke Takahashi, a researcher from the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) based in Tokyo.  The IIP was commissioned by the Japanese Patent and Trademark Office to conduct research on how to encourage trademark filing into … Continue Reading

MEDIA INTELLIGENCE, October 2012 (Part II)

A bulletin from the Media & Sport Group at DLA Piper INTERNET & DIGITAL MEDIA Business leaders urged to step up response to cyber threats The Government has published advice to businesses on how to tackle the growing number of cyber threats to their companies. The Government, in association with intelligence agencies, is targeting senior … Continue Reading

Franchising in China

By Philip F. Zeidman and Tao Xu Introduction It is not difficult to understand why China is viewed by businesses around the world as an indispensable market. Its size alone is staggering (1.3 billion people). Its purchasing power is equally impressive (on a purchasing power parity basis, it is already the second largest economy in the world). … Continue Reading

Dietary Supplement Industry Gets Compilation of NAD Decisions

By Sandra S. Pedersen The Council for Responsible Nutrition this week released a searchable database of every National Advertising Division decision since 2007 involving advertising for dietary supplements. The database includes the decision date, challenger, advertiser, product, category of supplement, type of claim, examples of the challenged claims, and referral status. There are 140 cases … Continue Reading

.中国 (or “.CHINA”) Top-Level Domains Launching Soon

By David M. Kramer A new opportunity is on the horizon for brand owners seeking to expand their online presence in China. Starting September 15, 2012, owners of a valid trademark registration will be able to register .中国 (or “.CHINA”) domain names corresponding to their registered marks.… Continue Reading

Avoiding Illegal Lotteries in Social Media Promotions

Companies are becoming increasingly innovative in promoting and conducting contests and sweepstakes via social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  However, companies engaging in social media contests or sweepstakes must ensure that their promotions are in compliance with federal and states laws as well as the specific platform guidelines, and be particularly … Continue Reading