I want to encourage all who are able to attend an day-long program in Chicago next Friday June 8 sponsored by the ABA Litigation Section, IP Litigation Committee entitled Hot Topics In Intellectual Property Litigation.
The program at Schiff Hardin’s offices will blanket IP focusing on issues relating to copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patent law. The luncheon speaker will be Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
May 30, 2012
April 27, 2011
The Advanced IP Forum for Advertising Counsel will take place in NY from April 27-29. The program offers an impressive list of speakers from the content and media industries. Andrew will moderate a panel at this Forum on April 28. The program brochure is here
The April 28 panel will focus on combating IP infringement on the internet.
April 22, 2011
Counterfeits cost brand owners billions of dollars every year. How can brand owners combat this problem? What are the best strategies they can employ and will they work?
I am delighted that Lisa Martens has given us some expert and helpful advice. Lisa is a Principal in the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Her practice emphasizes trademark prosecution and litigation for the food service, health care, biotechnology, computer, Internet, and retail clothing industries. Her complete bio and contact information are here.
December 8, 2010
Express v. Forever 21: Ouch! Court Awards Defendants More than $700,000 in Attorneys Fees and Costs for a Successful Defense of Copyright and Trademark Infringement Claims
My earlier post on this case ended with the question whether the successful defendants would seek attorneys’ fees. The answer is a resounding yes. Judge Wright in the Central District of California awarded defendants collectively more than $700,000 in fees and costs, including fees incurred in preparing their fee applications. His decision offers guidelines for how defendants who prevail in defending copyright and trademark infringement claims may recover their attorneys’ fees from plaintiff.
September 20, 2010
How much creativity does copyright require? Thankfully for copyright creators, not much. A dash will do. But in the rare case when that dash is absent, the owner of the work cannot protect it. Express, LLC v. Forever 21, Inc., recently decided in the Central District of California, is the latest example of copyright litigation that collapsed because the copyright owner could not show that its works contained even the spark of creativity.
July 21, 2010
A recent Tenth Circuit decision in a trademark case demonstrates that it is possible to win even when nothing goes right. In this case, Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Engida , plaintiff sued a liquor dealer under the Lanham Act for selling counterfeit Newport cigarettes.
Lorillard then sought injunctive relief and lost at every turn. The district court dissolved the temporary restraining issued at Lorillard’s request and simultaneously denied Lorillard’s motion for a preliminary injunction.
October 23, 2008
Sponsored by Hudson Valley Bank and CUNY Law School on October 23, 2008 and presented by Andrew Berger and Donald Prutzman. Andrew outlined copyright basics; and Donald explained trademark basics. For an outline of copyright basics presentation, please click here. For an outline of the trademark basics presentation, please click here.