From the monthly archives: September 2012

Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 17, 2012 By Brandon Trout

Twitter caves under pressure and gives up Occupy Wallstreet protester’s tweets. Samsung ready to sue Apple for patent infringement in the iPhone 5, alleging Apple’s use of LTE infringes on its patents. Sixth Circuit reverses grant of summary judgement in the trademark dispute between 5 Hour Energy [...]

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Do Zebras Get Scabs?

On September 14, 2012 By Caitlin Angelette

School starting.  Cooler temperatures.  Falling leaves.  Football.  Lock-out?

Yes, labor disputes.  They’re becoming the new hallmark of fall.  For the second year in a row, benefit packages are as important as blitz packages.  With Week 1 in the books, the NFL Referees Association and the owners are no closer to a deal, and the NFL [...]

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FAA to Study Portable Electronic Device Use on Planes

On September 13, 2012 By Kathleen Meyers

In late August, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was taking an initial step toward allowing more widespread use of Portable Electronic Devices (PED)–like readers and tablets–on aircraft.  The FAA will form a government-industry group to consider the issue beginning this fall.

According to an FAA press release, “[c]urrent FAA [...]

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iPhone and Goophone: Copy or Coincidence?

On September 12, 2012 By Tim Van Hal

Own a tech business and hope to cash in on the broad anticipation of the release of the new iPhone 5 on September 12?  You should make your own copycat version.  Wait, while you’re at it, why not patent the knock offs’ design and sue Apple for patent infringement, laughing all the way to the [...]

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The California Senate recently passed a bill (SB 1298) allowing the California Highway Patrol to adopt standards for the operation of autonomous vehicles on the road.  To be clear, citizens of the Golden State will not see self-driving cars zipping around the streets en masse any time soon.  The legislation simply opens [...]

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Obama Trademark Dispute? “O” My!

On September 10, 2012 By Kendall Short

President Obama’s reelection campaign, Obama for America, has recently settled a trademark dispute over its “Rising Sun” logo–the now famous “O” with red and white striped fields below a rising sun made of the open center space.  The campaign trademarked the image in 2008 and also trademarked a similar logo in April of [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 10, 2012 By Brandon Trout

Judge rejects Libyan Embassy’s efforts to remove cyber-squatter. “Internet shoppers’ worst nightmare” sentenced to four years. Second Circuit rules that Louboutin can trademark its shoes’ red soles. Copyright’s “Robot Wars” escalate - block streams first, ask questions later. EFF asks Sixth Circuit to Continue Reading

Google is one of the biggest names in the technology industry. It directly holds a great deal of valuable data, it accounts for a significant percentage of all Internet traffic (over 6% in 2010), and it dominates the other search providers in the race to channel searches to web pages (one measure [...]

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#Mistrial

On September 6, 2012 By John Craven

In late August, a Judicial Conference Committee (JCC) updated the model set of jury instructions for federal judges, which explicitly states that the use of the Internet and social media to communicate aboutcases is strictly prohibited — specifically mentioning the use of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn and YouTube. The model instructions came [...]

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Once again, Ed O’Bannon is creating a stir amongst former and current collegiate athletes, universities, and the governing athletic institutions with the multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit against the NCAA. Lawyers anticipate that this suit, which was originally filed in 2009, will have a trial date scheduled for [...]

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