Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Charlene A. Azema

NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo Euro-Steps into Federal Court

On July 8, 2019, NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo filed suit in the Southern District of New York for trademark infringement and counterfeiting of his GREEK FREAK trademarks in connection with clothing bearing his likeness.  Antetokounmpo plays for the Milwaukee Bucks and was recently voted the NBA’s 2019 MVP. He is a household name to basketball fans and has adopted the nickname “GREEK FREAK,” an homage to Antetokounmpo’s home country of Greece. 


Misleading Ads are Not a Jeweler's Best Friend: The FTC's Crackdown on Diamond Ads

It’s been 70 years since Carol Channing first sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” on Broadway, with Marilyn Monroe singing the more famous rendition four years later on the silver screen.  Around the same time as Monroe’s performance, a research group under the direction of General Electric created the first commercially successful synthetic diamond.  Fast forward several decades and there are now several methods by which “lab-created diamonds” or “synthetic diamonds,” as they are called in the industry, can be produced.

The Crown Jewels: How to Protect Your Jewelry Designs

Knock-offs and ‘copycat’ designs are nothing new to the fashion world.

When Plaid Goes Bad - Burberry Files Infringement Suit Against Target Over Burberry’s Iconic Plaid Design

On May 2, 2018, high-end fashion designer and retailer Burberry Limited filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York against big box retailer Target Corporation alleging trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting (among other claims) for Target’s alleged “repeated, willful and egregious misappropriation of Burberry’s famous and iconic luxury check trademarks.

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Incontinence Products Spill Over into Fashion?

April 20, 2017 Charlene A. Azema and Curtiss Dosier

On March 21, 2017 the Supreme Court issued a monumental holding removing the availability of laches as a defense in a claim for damages under patent infringement. The case changes decades of legal precedent, and adopts reasoning similar to that used by the Court in a 2014 copyright case.

Does Louis Vuitton Lack A Sense Of Humor? The Parody Defense Is No Laughing Matter For Brand Owners

January 13, 2017 Charlene Azema and Jonathan Hyman

On December 22, 2016, the Second Circuit gave tote bag manufacturer My Other Bag an early Christmas present by tossing out luxury giant Louis Vuitton’s claims of trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and trademark dilution and agreeing with the District Court’s finding that My Other Bag was shielded from liability by the parody defense.

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