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A Final Victory for Google: Verb Use Does Not Signify Trademark Genericide

By Paul Sanders, JD Candidate 2018 on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Lanham Act states that a registered trademark can be canceled if it becomes a “generic name for the goods or services, or a portion thereof, for which it is registered.”[1] Trademark Genericide can be defined as the loss of trademark rights when a term enters common usage and consumers begin to denote a particular…

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Unbreakable First Amendment: SCOTUS Says No to the Disparagement Clause

By Gina Chereck, J.D. Candidate 2018 on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Season 3 of the Netflix series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” features a story arc about the Native American socialite, Jacqueline Voorhees, taking down the Washington Redskins.[1]  In the series, Voorhees and her boyfriend (a fictional Snyder) devise a plan to get the Redskins organization to change its name.[2]  While the series’ writers, the U.S. Patent and…

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Battle of the App Logos: PayPal v. Pandora

By Danielle Mobley, J.D. Candidate 2018 on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

PayPal filed a lawsuit in a New York Federal Court on May 19, 2017, seeking an injunction and damages against Pandora for its new logo.[1] The logo (a blue “P” in block form) is so similar to PayPal’s logo (two blue “P”s in block form) that customers have complained about the confusion.[2] PayPal states that…

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Post-Apocalyptic Fiction: A Likelihood of Confusion?

By Kaylee Willis, J.D. Candidate 2018 on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The overwhelming popularity of movies and TV series revolving around dystopian societies with post-apocalyptic chaos is hard to miss these days.[1]  With hit television shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead, and old-school revivals like Independence Day: Resurgence (sequel with 20 years of lag time from the 1996 original), Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The…

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RIPL Issue 16-4 Online Now

By Staff on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Dear Subscribers, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law is proud to announce the publication of Issue 4 of Volume 16!  We are pleased to feature articles by Adam Epstein, Neha Ahuja, and W. Lesser covering a wide range of topics including the application of the Lanham Act in Olympic Committee Marketing, the role of…

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