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Trademarking the Rainbow: T-Mobile Asserts Its Ownership of the Color Magenta

Tuesday, September 3, 2013, by Will Blackton Before picking up a crayon, consider that you may be “trespassing” in an area of the visible spectrum. You may be in trouble if your box contains “Coca-Cola Red,” “Starbucks Green,” or “Ford Blue.” “T-Mobile Magenta” was a subject of litigation last week. Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent

Beyond United States v. Jones: The Absolute Mosaic & The Inverted Fourth Amendment

Sunday, April 21, 2013, by Ken Jennings The Mosaic Theory of the Fourth Amendment has featured front-and-center in the continuing debate over the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Jones.  In Jones, law enforcement officials tracked the location of the defendant’s (borrowed) vehicle for 28 days via a GPS device installed

Circuit Court Split: Tacking Old Forms of Trademark

Thursday, April 18, 2013, by Drew Hargrove Trademark law allows an owner to “tack” an older form of mark if the owner makes slight alterations to the existing mark.   In order to “tack” the old form of a mark, both the old and new form of the mark must retain the same, “continuing commercial impression.” 

The New Joint Information Environment: CISPA and Cybersecurity

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, by Samantha Surles The Government’s ability to find and apprehend cyber criminals is one of the big features in the 2014 Defense budget. One of the Department of Defense’s top priorities in 2014 is “expanding the Cyber Forces” under U.S. Cyber Command and developing a system for “cyber security information sharing.”

“P.S. Gay Car” Causing a Stir, but Not in the Way You May Think

Saturday, April 13, 2013, by Teresa Cook A New York based comedy troop, Fortress of Attitude, is currently feuding with YouTube.com and Google over their music video “P.S. Gay Car”. The song got its lyrics directly from a note left on one of the band member’s car that used homophobia to criticize his parking job.

NC Senate Bill 720 Requires NCEMPA to Negotiate the Sale of Generation Assets

Friday, April 12, 2013, by Katherine Street Electric Utility consumers typically receive service from investor-owned utility companies, electric cooperatives, or municipal electric providers. Electric utility systems consist of generation, transmission and distribution facilities, and electric utility entities may provide any or all of these functions. In the eastern part of North Carolina, the majority of

In Danger of Losing, Redskins Fight for Trademark

Friday, April 12, 2013, by Michael Frongello On March 20, lawmakers in the United States House of Representatives introduced a bill that would revoke the trademarks of the NFL’s Washington Redskins franchise. The bill, codified as H.R. 1278, and titled “the Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013”, cancels all existing “Redskins”

It’s Complicated: GA Court Rejects Divorcing Couple’s Facebook Battle

Monday, April 8, 2013, by Lauren Powers A Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld a Monroe County Superior Court judge’s prohibition of a divorcing couple’s aggressive verbal attacks on each other over Facebook.  The husband, James Lacy, claims that this prohibition violates his First Amendment right of free speech, particularly because he has made serious