Judge Feinerman granted in part plaintiff Panoramic’s partial summary judgment motion and denied defendant Wiley’s partial summary judgment motion as to Panoramic’s fraud and contributory copyright infringement claims in this copyright case regarding nine stock photographs. The Court also set a trial date.
Non-Compete and Confidentiality Clauses in a Beverage Maker’s Contracts with a Bottler and a Consultant Held to Be Unenforceable
Courts will decline to enforce contractual restrictive covenants in agreements that unreasonably restrain trade or lack adequate consideration.
Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn technology. Among her alleged techniques: smuggling bioengineered corn seed in boxes of microwave popcorn packed in luggage to Beijing, and conspiring with insiders to steal genetic sequencing for the seeds.
Designed to appeal and speak to the customers of a specific time and place, trademarks can become hallmarks of a bygone era.
The General Court (EU) recently delivered a judgment which could offer brand owners greater protection against adaptations and parodies of their brands.
In September, IP Australia accepted for registration a trade mark described as “the Trade Mark consists of the sound of a fictitious character saying the word “Simples!” followed by a squeaking sound such as might be expected to be made by a Meerkat or other small animal”.
I don’t often eat pizza, but when I do, I eat Pizza Hut. No, seriously. Gorging on pizza doesn’t really fit with my yoga/juicing lifestyle, but every so often I find it hard to resist a good stuffed-crust pizza.
Reports in 2013 about online business transactions across EU national borders revealed some disturbing facts. According to the 2013 Flash Eurobarometer reports (nos. 358 and 359, 2013), retailer and consumer attitudes regarding cross-border transactions were similar: only 36 percent of European consumers felt confident enough to make cross-border online purchases, while an alarming 40 percent of retailers felt that compliance with the varying national consumer protection rules would be too costly for business.
U.S. copyright law can be very difficult to truly understand, and the technological developments over the past decade couple decades have complicated matters to the extent that the law is still very much in flux.