Trade Secrets Cases in the NC Business Court: You Show Me Yours Before I’ll Show You Mine

Trade Secrets Cases in the NC Business Court: You Show Me Yours Before I’ll Show You Mine

There’s a new roadblock for plaintiffs in the Business Court suing over trade secrets.  It was imposed last week by Judge Bledsoe in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2014 NCBC 50, and it bars the plaintiff from proceeding with discovery until the trade secrets allegedly being misused by the defendant are identified with “sufficient particularity.”

Is the Fit-out of Sales Premises a Trademark? Ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union

By | IP Law Watch | October 21, 2014
Is the Fit-out of Sales Premises a Trademark? Ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union

In a recent case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (Court of Justice) ruled that a simple drawing of sales premises for goods, without any indication of dimensions or proportions, can be registered as a trademark for services involving provisions related to those goods, but which do not constitute an integral part of admitting them to trade.

U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Sustains First Fraud Claim Since 2009

By | IP Law Watch | October 20, 2014
U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Sustains First Fraud Claim Since 2009

On September 30, 2014, in Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Mujahid Ahmad, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Board) sustained a claim of fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the first time since the Federal Circuit issued its 2009 decision in In re Bose, upholding an opposition to the mark NATIONSTAR for various real estate brokerage, mortgage and management services.