Limitations of the 1st Amendment in Trademark Cases: the Dog Toy Case

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Reviewing the last U.S. Supreme Court 2022 term, the highest court decided several high-profile cases involving intellectual property rights.  The keyword among these cases – two trademark, one copyright, and one patent – is “limitation.”  What does this mean?  The various laws implicated by these opinions do not operate in a vacuum and work in …

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USPTO Begins ID Verification for Trademark Applications

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On June 30, 2022, the USPTO’s new Director, Kathi Vidal, discussed the new identity verification requirements for filing of new trademark applications, commencing on August 6, 2022 (just in five days from now). The new ID verification follows from the Trademark Modernization Act and the USPTO’s crackdown on fraudulent trademark applications and fraud-upon-the-office issues which …

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Spotlight on I.P.: Geographical Indications

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When asked to describe what is I.P., most people will reply with a generalized answer of patents, copyrights, or trademarks.  However, the field of intellectual property encompasses more sub-categories than these “Big 3.”  This blog posting will consider one of the many other I.P.s, specifically geographical indications. What is a Geographical Indication (GI)? A geographical …

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