Dunnington Hosts Conferences in Barranquilla, Colombia

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Dunnington Special Counsel, Carolina Pineda, speaking at Barranquilla, Colombia Event – February 2019

Dunnington hosted a conference in Barranquilla on February 26, 27 and 28th called “How to expand your business to the United States.”  Carolina Pineda, Special Counsel to Dunnington, discussed guidelines to attendees on how to incorporate their businesses in the United States and gave a brief introduction to the US Legal system. Small and medium sized companies attended the events which were held at the following venues:

  • American Colombian Chamber of Commerce
  • American University – Entrepreneurship Center
  • SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) – Barranquilla

Trademark Bulletin February 2019

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BIC Files ITC Complaint Against Importers of Allegedly Counterfeit Pocket Lighters

On December 6, 2018, BIC Corporation (“BIC”) petitioned the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) for an investigation into the illicit importation into the United States, sale for importation, or sale after importation of six respondents’ pocket lighters, alleging that respondents’ lighters infringe BIC’s intellectual property rights in the design of its disposable cigarette lighters, otherwise known as their “trade dress.” In its petition, BIC argues that similarities in the appearance of respondents’ lighters and its lighters will lead consumers to be confused as to the source and/or sponsorship of respondents’ lighters, or to affiliate respondents’ lighters with BIC.  BIC’s petition asks the ITC to issue a general exclusion order blocking the importation of infringing lighters from any source, not just the named respondents, and claims that such an order “is necessary and appropriate to prevent circumvention of limited exclusion orders directed to products of Respondents.”

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Trademark Bulletin January 2019

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Supreme Court Will Decide Whether USPTO Can Refuse to Register “Scandalous” TMs

On January 4, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to the USPTO to decide whether the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks violates the First Amendment. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case comes less than two years after it unanimously ruled in Matal v. Tam that a similar part of the trademark law that banned the registration of “disparaging” trademarks violated the First Amendment. In Matal, an Asian-American rock band called The Slants attempted to register its name for trademark protection, but was denied because the USPTO decided that the mark would be likely to offend Asian-Americans. Read More

Donna Frosco Named 2018 Lawyer of the Year

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Dunnington is proud to announce that Donna Frosco has been named 2018 Lawyer of The Year in the field of Complex Litigation (U.S.A.) by the global publication, Lawyer Monthly magazine and Lawyer-Monthly.com, a daily on-line legal news site. The awards edition of the magazine is available online at: https://legalawards.lawyer-monthly.com/winners-edition/. (See page 69.)

We congratulate Donna on this recognition and her contribution to continuing Dunnington’s long tradition of client representation in complex matters.