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Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc.: Lanham Act Protects Video Games, not Athletes

By Tom Zuber and Jeff Zuber of Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

The Ninth Circuit recently made it more difficult for public figures and athletes to profit from their likeness appearing in video games. In Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., No. 09-56675 (9th Cir. Jul. 31, 2013), the Court held that Electronic Arts’ unpaid use of NFL great Jim Brown’s likeness in… More...

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Bicameral, Bipartisan IP Protection Bill That Will Not Break the Net Filed in Both Chambers

Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act  |  S.2029 and H.R.3782  |  1/18/2012

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, has officially introduced H.R. 3782, the Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. More...

Bill to Ease Burdens on Trademark Owners Set to Become Law After Its Passage in the House and Senate

Trademark Law Technical and Conforming Amendments Act  |  S. 2968, H.R. 4515  |  3/4/2010

Legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to help assist trademark owners in maintaining the protection of their brands will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law, after its passage by the House of Representatives and the Senate on March 3, 2010 and January 28, 2010, respectively. More...

Rep. Conyers Files House Version of Patent Reform Act of 2009

Patent Reform Act of 2009  |  H.R. 1260  |  3/3/2009

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mi) has filed a House version of the Patent Reform Act of 2009 to match the Senate version filed by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Ut) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) (S. 515). More...

Congress Sends Bill Regarding Appointment of Admin Patent and Trademark Judges to President Bush for Signing

To amend Title 35, United States Code, and the Trademark Act of 1946  |  H.R.6362, S.3295  |  8/5/2008

On August 5, 2008,  t he U.S. Congress sent to President George Bush for signing a bill that transfers the power to appoint administrative trademark judges and administrative patent judges from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to the Secretary of Commerce. Previously, under the More...

Senate Passes Bill Transferring Power to Appoint Admin IP Judges from the USPTO to the Commerce Secretary

To amend Title 35, United States Code, and the Trademark Act of 1946  |  H.R.6362, S.3295  |  7/22/2008

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 a bill that transfers the power to appoint administrative trademark judges and administrative patent judges from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to the Secretary of Commerce. The proposed legislation however did not More...

To Amend Title 35, United States Code

H.R. 1778  |  3/29/2007

This proposed legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Wiiliam D. Delahunt (Ma.), and co-sponsored by 17 others on March 29, 2007.  As the title of the bill suggests, the bill the Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is given the discretion to accept late More...

Judicial Powers Restoration Act of 2007

S.1806  |  7/17/2007

This bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy on July 17, 2007, and co-sponsored by three others, and is a legislation that seeks “(t)o restore to the judiciary the power to decide all trademark and trade name cases arising under the laws and treaties of the United States by More...

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Companies Mentioned

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The following companies are mentioned in Trademark Law Updates:

Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A.

Tiffany (NJ) Inc.

Tiffany & Co.

eBay, Inc.

International Trademark Association

Haute Diggity Dog, LLC

JA Apparel Corp.

Houndstooth Corp.

Harringbone Creative Services, Inc.

Mars, Inc.

Chute Gerdeman, Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Rockstar Games, Inc. d.b.a. Play Pen

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Shokan Coachworks, Inc.

Audi AG

University of Southern California

University of Oklahoma

Smack Apparel Company

Ohio State University

Louisiana State University

Collegiate Licensing Company

NTU Electronics, Inc.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Midway Services, Inc.

MDCO, Inc.

Custom Manufacturing and Engineering, Inc.

Automated Engineering Corp.

Woofies, LLC d.b.a. Woofie’s Pet Boutique

Internet Specialties West, Inc.

The Craig Allen Company, LLC

Ace-Web Internet

Sysco Corp.

John Allan Company

Rescuecom Corp.

Payless Shoesource, Inc.

Hansen Energy and Environmental, LLC

Google, Inc.

Adidas-Salomon AG

Ly U.S.A., Inc.

Field Sanitation Solutions, Inc.

Bose Corp.

Adidas America, Inc.

Coco U.S.A. Inc.

Faith Unlimited, Inc.

Wham-O, Inc.

Venture Tape Corp.

Marco Leather Goods, Ltd.

WMS Gaming, Inc.

Manley Toys, Ltd.

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