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Not A Lame Lawsuit Involving Facebook

Is Facebook being a trademark bully, or is it really just trying to protect its intellectual property? In March 2010, Facebook sent small scale parody website Lamebook (some of the stuff on there is really funny) a cease and desist letter.  Facebook had a problem with Lamebook’s name, mark, and look and feel of its […]

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These Burgers Are Not Made By The Dodgers

Earlier this week, I talked about trademark bullies, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) concern that the practice of bullying is getting out of hand.  Would you file the following lawsuit into the category of bullying? The Los Angeles Dodgers is giving Brooklyn Burger a hard time about its use of the classic […]

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Trademark Bullies Beware

No one likes a bully, and that includes “trademark bullies.”  One definition of “bullying” is, to treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner (synonym = intimidate).  So how exactly does one intimidate others with trademarks?  Through aggressive litigation tactics by those with power against those with limited resources.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) […]

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Yahoo! Search Results In False Endorsement Claim

Last week, we looked at a case where Google was found guilty of defaming a person based on Google’s search engine’s suggested results when the person was typing his name in the search box.  In a similar case, a woman named Beverly Stayart sued Yahoo! after she put her name into Yahoo!’s search engine and […]

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The University of South Carolina v. The University of Southern California

The University of South Carolina and University of Southern California have had their fair share of battles this year.  Both schools have mostly defeated the competition, each with only one loss thus far this season.  The two schools have also had to deal with NCAA scrutiny.  Southern California has a 2-year bowl ban, 4 years’ […]