Trademark Modernization Act and The CASE Act – Major Changes for Trademarks and Copyrights

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The 5,600 page Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – commonly referred to as the Coronavirus Relief Stimulus Bill that was enacted in late December 2020 – includes three major changes to U.S. intellectual property laws: the Trademark Modernization Act (TM Act), the Copyright Alternative Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act), and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act (PLSA).  The TM Act, CASE Act, and PLS Act contain significant modifications to existing trademark and copyright practices that are summarized below: Read More

Trademark Bulletin July 2020

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Remembering Rep. John Lewis, Who For Years Stood With Native American Peoples in Opposing Washington’s “Redskins” Moniker

            The late Rep. John Lewis stands among a handful of Civil Rights juggernauts whose actions and sacrifices shaped the history of racial justice in this country.  Recognized as an aide and close associate of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis is perhaps best known as an organizer of several peaceful protests in support of racial equality during the Jim Crow Era, including several “Freedom Rides” through the American South in 1961, the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Montgomery-to-Selma marches.

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In Victory For Television Broadcasters, Dunnington Obtains Landmark SDNY $12 Million IPTV Anti-Piracy Judgment

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Dunnington obtained a $12 million judgment for Russian broadcasters in the first case applying the Federal Communications Act of 1934 (“FCA”) to internet television piracy.  On June 16, 2020, the judgment was entered by the Hon. George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York against the operator of a service that offered unlimited internet television access for monthly credit card payments.  Section 605(a) of the FCA prohibits the unauthorized interception, publication, and use of interstate or foreign radio communications. Read More

Lessons From John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath — Dunnington Partner Ray Dowd To Speak On Landmark Copyright Termination Case

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On July 1, 2020, Dunnington partner Ray Dowd will present a Federal Bar Association webinar “Lessons From John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath:  Copyright Terminations Under Section 203 and 304 of the Copyright Act.”   The webinar will discuss Steinbeck v. Kaffaga, a case in which a petition for certiorari is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.   Dunnington partners Ray Dowd and Olivera Medenica authored a brief in support of the petition on behalf of amici curiae the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and former Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman. Read More

Trademark Bulletin May 2020

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Healthvana Sues “As Seen On TV” Company Over Hand Sanitizer

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, digital healthcare start up Healthvana, Inc. sued Telebrands Corp., the company credited as the pioneer of “As Seen on TV” ads, in a California district court, claiming that it was damaged as a result of Telebrands’ unauthorized use of the registered trademark Healthvana to sell overpriced hand sanitizer. Read More