Protecting Brands in Cyberspace


Facebook has more than 350 million users, Twitter boasts 32.1 million, and MySpace attracts over 115 million to its site each month. The number of people using social media makes trademark infringement and brand confusion as easy as creating a username and password. In Dallas alone, where we are based, more than 700,000 area businesses have a Facebook Page, which are customizable mini-sites geared toward organizations, products, or public personalities. In reaching out to their target demographics, these companies allow users,...
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Ashley Madison Seeks Relief – In Copyright Law


  Hacker group Impact Team has followed through on its threat to release over 30 million user records from the extramarital dating service Ashley Madison, but site owner Avid Life Media continues using copyright law to limit the distribution of the leak. Relying on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Avid Life has successfully obtained takedowns of links to the data posted onFacebook, Twitter and Reddit. Additional takedown notices have shut down metasites permitting search of the data leak by account email...
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Trade Secret Litigation: Why Copyright and Patent Filings Should Be on Your Radar


As part of your initial due diligence in investigating a trade secrets case-whether on the offense or defensive-it is important to confirm whether copyrights or patents have been filed on the same or similar subject matter as the trade secret in the suit. The presence of either could deal a fatal blow to a plaintiff, or a winning defense. Taking the time upfront to evaluate this issue will possibly pay off by either catching your opponent off-guard, or allowing you to appropriately help your client understand potential arguments...
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IMAX Apologizes after Overeager Trademark Confusion Accusation


Tech website Ars recently ran an article about SteamVR, a home virtual reality system with a rather bulky set-up, but the developer, Valve Software, said that the benefits outweighed the cost of the bulkiness—so much so that it would be like saying, “I have an IMAX in my house.” IMAX’s attorneys, however, didn’t take the comparison as a compliment. The company issued a letter to the website demanding that any reference to its company be removed immediately. The letter argued that the reference...
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No Laughing Matter: Twitter Deletes Stolen Joke Tweets


Olga Lexell writes jokes for a living, and like many other witty writers and comedians, she shares her original jokes on Twitter . Just don’t think it’s OK to copy and paste one of her jokes into your own tweet without giving her an attribution. To Lexell, doing so amounts to copyright infringement, and Twitter has backed her up by removing several infringing tweets. In a recent post about her stolen Jokes, Lexell makes a compelling case against the alleged copyright infringers, saying,  “I’m...
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Business Series – Industry Spotlight: Q&A with Schell Hammel of The Vapor Bar


Over the last five years, the electronic-cigarette (e-cigarette) market has grown from virtually nothing to $1.7 billion in annual sales, and is projected to reach $10 billion by 2017, according to Wells Fargo. Despite this progress, there is a possibility that this growth will be hindered by the recent attempts by the FDA to pass regulations surrounding the e-cigarette industry. The FDA released its initial proposals for regulating e-cigarettes on April 24th, 2014. The rules would "deem" e-cigarettes as tobacco products and...
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Amazon Search Results Process Leads to Trademark Lawsuit


Imagine a customer visits Amazon.com, hoping to purchase one of Multi Time Machine’s new MTM Special Ops watches. The customer runs a search for “MTM Special Ops,” and indeed, a multitude of watches appear on the screen. However, none of those watches are MTM Special Ops watches, and nothing on Amazon’s search results page alerts the customer to that fact. For that MTM sued Amazon, and recently, a three-judge Ninth Circuit Court panel held 2-1 that a jury could find such search results create a likelihood of...
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