Chapter One of Murakami 1Q84 Free for Facebook Fans

“The taxi’s radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janácek’s Sinfonietta—probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn’t seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless line of cars stretching out on the elevated […]

Betty Boop Tee Shirt not Protected by Trademark Law

[thanks to quick study memo from Lock Lorde] Fleischer Studios, Inc. v. A.V.E.L.A., Inc., No. 09-56317 (9th Cir. Feb. 23, 2011) (“Betty_Boop”) The excessive protectors of intellectual property often forget the functional purpose for which certain protection rights are granted. The Wiki definition of trademark is spot on: “A trademark or trade mark or trade-mark[1] […]

Seventh Circuit Limits In Personam Jurisdiction for Alleged Trademark Infringing Domain Name

A United States Appeals Court in Chicago has slowed down the march of extending personal jurisdiction over defendants thousands of miles of away on the sole basis of their alleged presence in plaintiff’s neighborhood via the Internet. Defendant was a Houston anesthesiologist who practiced solely in the state of Texas. Plaintiff was a group of […]

HeadStrong Does not Infringe LiveStrong – I am going to Register AttorneyStrong on Monday

(Thanks to http://ht.ly/2lG4A @clancco this morning for this WSJ item) Charity Brawl: Nonprofits Aren’t So Generous When a Name’s at Stake WSJ August 5, 2010 If only we can protect the easily confused public against the charlatans of blood cancer charity: “More than two years ago, Cheryl Colleluori set out to trademark “HEADstrong,” the moniker […]