ASU cannot sue Covid Parties Instagram Posts’ Owner for Trademark Infringement 

Arizona State University (ASU) and the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) cannot sue the owner of an Instagram account over trademark infringement claims. The Ninth Circuit upheld the lower court decision in May 2022, throwing out ABOR-ASU’s lawsuit. The University’s ire was directed at an Instagram content creator. He used the ASU logo and other marks to promote “COVID parties” and other misinformation postings, which risk public health. The reason for the dismissal was implausibility.…

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Pop-up Bar Sued for Violating SpongeBob SquarePants’ Trademarks, Intellectual Property

Any restaurant, bar owner has to understand some business basics to function and thrive. Among the basic knowledge add an elementary understanding of intellectual property and trademarks. First of all, do not infringe on other’s intellectual creations. Intellectual property and trademark infringement can lead to costly lawsuits that small businesses may not be able to fight. Ultimately, it can destroy the restaurant or bar. Infringing Viacom’s Intellectual Property Here is a recent example. A downtown…

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Trademark Squatting. The Washington Redskins Confronts A Squatter

Trademark Squatting is a practice that can confront businesses with unexpected cost and hassles. Read about the Washington Redskins re-branding troubles.

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Google Widens Crack-Down Against “Fakes” and Counterfeits

The war against “fakes” or counterfeit merchandise is getting real and now involves Google. We already blogged about it. On our June 26th piece, we explained how Amazon is blocking third-party counterfeits or fake products from its platform. This action triggered by the passage of a new bill at the US House of Representatives. The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. This bill is not the law of the land yet but…

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Intellectual Property, Open Source, and Coronavirus

There is controversy about how the generation of intellectual property should be handled in the case of a national pandemic. Some are trying to assert and defend the role of private businesses to protect their discoveries and developments of test kits, vaccines, masks, ventilators or other products. In his address from the Rose Garden on March 13th, Trump’s team emphasized the role of private companies to develop solutions for the pandemic. Others are taking an…

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