Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

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Van Cleef & Arpels v. Nice Ice Fine Jewelers

March 13, 2019 Benjamin Ho and Curtiss Dosier

On January 30, 2019, the luxury jewelry suppliers Van Cleef & Arpels filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Nice Ice Fine Jewelers, LLC (“Defendant”). Van Cleef & Arpels’ complaint alleges trade dress infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act and related claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition under New York common law.

 

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.

Influencer Marketing: The FTC's Evolving Policies on Paid Promotion Disclosure

March 3, 2017 Lesley Kim and Curtiss Dosier

With more consumers cutting the cord to their TVs and paying for premium subscriptions or ad blockers to avoid advertising, social media has become an important medium through which advertisers reach the purchasing public. Companies are allocating substantial marketing dollars to advertising on social media platforms, including Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat, in the form of social media endorsements.

Not Gone with the Wind: IP Rights Despite Public Domain Images

In 2006, Warner Bros. filed suit against A.V.E.L.A., X One X Productions, and ArtNostalgia.com, Inc. (collectively, “AVELA”) for copyright and trademark infringement under the Copyright Act, the Lanham Act, and state law. AVELA used publicity materials that were created and distributed by Warner Bros. for the films Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, before the films were completed and copyrighted. 

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