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Small Business v. U.S. Government: 3rd Eye Patent Infringement Case

By Daniela Velez on Friday, June 5th, 2015

The U.S. federal government, specifically, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, National security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other agencies, are being sued for alleged patent infringement.  A small business that holds a patent for digital video surveillance systems sued these U.S federal government…

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Mixing Alcohol and IP Rights: Recipes For Consumer Confusion, Mere Descriptiveness, and Trademark Infringement

By Daniela Velez on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

In 2014 and 2015, many beer and wine brands, found on shelves at your local liquor store, have found themselves in the middle of legal battles involving trademark law. The following cases are examples of how geographic terms, and marks that harness a high likelihood of confusion, create legal issues for businesses in the wine…

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Passing The Torch

By Daniela Velez on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The John Marshall Law School Review of Intellectual Property Law is proud to announce that Volume 14 (2014-2015), Issue 2 (2015) is now published and a new Editorial Board has been elected. For the last couple of weeks the current Editorial Board members have been working endlessly on publishing the current issue, as well as…

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Reverse Confusion Rises

By Luke S. Curran on Saturday, October 4th, 2014

  On August 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Fortres Grand Corp. v. Warner Bros. Entm’t Inc. was confronted with an issue of reverse confusion in a unique trademark infringement case.  Traditionally, in a trademark action, the origin of confusion is mistaking a junior user’s product as originating…

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JOINDER OF TORRENTING SWARMS

By Luke S. Curran on Monday, September 15th, 2014

On May 27, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court Judge Tatel ruled on a critical issue surrounding the joinder of parties to a BitTorrent Swarm in a copyright infringement suit against 1058 anonymous defendants. In AF Holdings, LLC v. Does 1–1058, AF Holdings was represented by Prenda…

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