By Stan Panikowski, Andrew N. Stein, and Brian Biggs

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.

TRADEMARK

Holding: A Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruling refusing registration on likelihood of confusion grounds can have preclusive effect on a district court trademark infringement case when the elements of issue preclusion are met.


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Reposted from Data Protection, Privacy and Security Alert

By Michael Malloy and Pavel Arievich

There has been an important development in Russian Data Protection Law. On July 22, 2014 a new law amending the law on data protection and law on information was signed off by the Russian President and thus was officially adopted. The law, will come into force on September 1. 2016.


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Reposted from DLA Piper’s Sports, Media and Entertainment Blog

By Matt Ganas and Sam Churney

As part of a concerted effort to assess the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music, the US Copyright Office has published a request in the Federal Register for public comment on a number of copyright issues. This request relates to an ongoing congressional review and a potential overhaul of the US Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101, et. seq. (the “Act”),  in view of technological developments that continue to shape music industry practices in the digital age.  According to the Copyright Office, information gathered during the public comment period will be reported to Congress for consideration of possible revisions to the Act.


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Reposted from DLA Piper’s IPT Italy Blog

By Gianluigi Marino

We dedicated this week to fashion and IPT (intellectual property and technology) issues. After wearable technologies, special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy, 3D Printers à la mode, social media and fashion this IPT catwalk goes on with some lines regarding fashion and e-commerce.

The vast majority of the fashion players are increasing their online sales. They are becoming more and more online retailers.

First of all a good purchase experience in an online store needs a good navigation in the website. And a good navigation in the website is possible with the optimization of the use of cookies. But the use of cookies is regulated by the EU Directive 2009/136 as implemented in the different European member states. Therefore every manager of online stores should take into account this specific regulations. Moreover big companies which sell their products in more than just one member state shall comply all their (local) webpages with the different local implementation of this Directive. As far as Italy is concerned, after the public consultation launched by the Italian Data Protection Authority some months ago, a new specific regulation is waited in the next few months.


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